Woods Fund of Chicago

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The Woods Fund of Chicago is an outgrowth of the Woods Charitable Fund which was established in 1941. It is a private philanthropic foundation that makes grants in metropolitan Chicago, Illinois. It was incorporated in Illinois on November 16, 1993, as a nonprofit corporation and began operation in January 1994 when it received funding from a division of the assets of the Woods Charitable Fund.[1]

Mission

The stated mission of the Woods Fund is:

"Woods Fund of Chicago is a grantmaking foundation whose goal is to increase opportunities for less advantaged people and communities in the metropolitan area, including the opportunity to shape decisions affecting them. The foundation works primarily as a funding partner with nonprofit organizations. Woods supports nonprofits in their important roles of engaging people in civic life, addressing the causes of poverty and other challenges facing the region, promoting more effective public policies, reducing racism and other barriers to equal opportunity, and building a sense of community and common ground."[2]

History

The Woods Fund of Chicago formed out of the Woods Charitable Fund, a foundation that formerly had offices and made grants in both Chicago, Illinois and Lincoln, Nebraska and that now operates only in Nebraska. Woods Charitable Fund was established in 1941 with gifts from Frank H. Woods (1868 - 1952), his wife, Nelle Cochrane Woods (1870 - 1950), and their three sons, Thomas C. Woods (1895 - 1958), Henry C. Woods (1895 - 1968) and Frank H. Woods Jr. (1905 - 1980).[1][3]

Personnel

Staff

The following were staff of the Woods Fund as at Feb. 18, 2010:[4]

The following were staff of the Woods Fund in 2008:[3]

The following were staff of the Woods Fund in 2006:[5]

The following were staff of the Woods Fund in 2004:[1]

Board

The following served on the Board of the Woods Fund as at Feb. 18, 2010:[4]

The following served on the Board of the Woods Fund as 2008:[3]

The following served on the Board of the Woods Fund as 2006:[5]

The following served on the Board of the Woods Fund as 2004:[1]

Grants

The Woods Fund typically awards $3.4 million in grants annually in six program areas:[6]

Community Organizing

the Community Organizing area seeks to strengthen democracy at the grassroots level and beyond. It is a process that brings together into an influential group people who, individually, may lack sufficient power to improve their opportunities and their communities.

2009

2008

2007

Public Policy

The Public Policy program area primarily supports policy and constituency-building work that helps low-income individuals and families to attain higher standards of living. It encourages links between workforce development policies, income security, and supportive programs, which address issues of poverty among low-wage workers as well as unskilled potential workers.

2009

2008

2007

Intersection of Community Organizing and Public Policy

Believing that project outcomes for grantees in both Community Organizing and Public Policy program areas can be strengthened through an integrated approach, the Woods Fund welcomes proposals that weave the voices of less-advantaged individuals into the public policy arena and expands local organizing efforts to a broader geography.

2009

2008

2007

Arts and Culture

2009

2008

2007

Community Organizing Capacity Building

2006

Other Projects

While the Woods Fund focuses primarily upon the Community Organizing and Public Policy program areas, it considers other innovative proposals that it considers may benefit the Chicago area's less-advantaged residents and communities.

2009

2006

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