Women’s Fund

Join us! The Women’s Fund endowment supports projects that strengthen families and communities by empowering women and girls.

As women grow in influence and financial strength, so does their ability to give back. You can change the lives of women and children in central Illinois by contributing to the Women’s Fund endowment.

Why? Because when women prosper, communities thrive; and when communities thrive, the world becomes a better place for everyone.

A Million Dollar Goal

The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois was founded in 1993 from an idea shared by Pat Barton, a CFCI Board Member at the time.  Pat worked with Donna Haerr, then executive director, Deb Ritschel and Jay Goldberg to create the fund as a way to inspire female philanthropy.  “Power does come from money, and women do control much of the money in this country,” Haerr told the Journal Star when the establishment of the Women’s Fund was announced.

Our goal for the Women’s Fund is to find 1,000 women who will donate $1,000 in order to create a million-dollar endowment. Our fund is half way there! For the first time in the history of the Women’s Fund, our endowment is over $500,000, and we are committed to reaching our million-dollar goal in the next ten years with your help!

This level of giving to the Women’s Fund creates a legacy that will live on beyond all of us. With a million-dollar endowment, the Women’s Fund would be able to provide $40,000 a year to deserving programs.

Today, we are inviting you to a new level of giving – to elevate women and girls to the top of your philanthropic list and to invest in them with even greater commitment.


Pop! Fizz! Clink!

The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois invites you to join us for Pop! Fizz! Clink!, an annual brunch honoring the women in our lives that have supported and inspired us to make a difference.  Pop! Fizz! Clink! will take place on November 3, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Par-A-Dice Hotel in the Plaza Room.

Kick off the season of thankfulness by honoring a woman who has inspired you.  The Women’s Fund will also honor organizations that champion issues impacting women and girls during this elegantly simple champagne brunch.

Tickets for the event are $20. RSVP no later than October 27th.

Click here to purchase your ticket today!

Women to Women Leader Luncheon

This year, more than 430 women gathered in celebration of the Women to Women Leader Luncheon hosted by the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.  The Luncheon was started by the YWCA of Peoria over 39 years ago to recognize local women who best exemplify excellence in their chosen profession and commitment to the success of other women.  The Women’s Fund assumed ownership of the Leader Luncheon in 2013 and has remained committed to its growth, success and excellence over the years.

The 2018 Women to Women Leader Luncheon took place on May 23rd at the Par-A-Dice Hotel and funds raised from the event benefit the Women’s Fund Endowment and annual Success Grant initiatives.

For information on 2019 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sarah Fletcher at sarah@communityfoundationci.org or call (309) 674-8730.