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Copyright 2005
Girl's Best Friend Foundation

Girl's Best Friend Foundation (GBF) closed November 2007. 
GBF’s records are archived with Special Collections of the University
of Illinois, Chicago.  In fall 2008, they will be made public: www.uic.edu/depts/lib/specialcoll.

OTHER CURRENT GBF GRANTEES

2007 Special Opportunity Grants

2007 Legacy Grants

2007 Parental Notification Grants

2007 Capacity Building Grants

2007 Discretionary Grants

2007 Fund for Professional Development Grants

2007 Youth-Led Research Grant Supplements

2007 National/Statewide Conference Underwriting

 

2007 Special Opportunity Grants

- Total $17,000

Special Opportunity Grants are short-term grants that support compelling youth-led activism.

Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team - $8,500
PO Box 268945
Chicago, IL 60626-2425
773-392-5162
Support to develop and expand the Young Women’s Action Team’s programming, including launching a girls’ leadership camp – a monthly opportunity to connect with other young women from the Rogers Park community. (The Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team is a project of Rogers Park Community Council)

Urban Solutions Association - $8,500
1326 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 107
Chicago, IL 60605
312-408-1102
Support for Urban Solutions’ youth council, Faces of Youth Empowerment, which provides an organized voice for youth participants while also creating opportunities to develop in the areas of leadership, social awareness, and community activism.

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2007 Legacy Grants

- Total $890,000

Chicago Freedom School - $500,000
Created by youth and adults to develop the personal and social capabilities of youth and adults so that they can work together to eradicate oppression. The experience and rewards derived from participating in this opportunity will result in greater passion, commitment, confidence, focus, self-direction and tools for a life of social activism. (The Chicago Freedom School is a project of Brighton Park Neighborhood Council.)

Crossroads Fund - $300,000
In support of the new Youth Fund for Social Change, a pooled fund that supports youth activism in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Girls’ Grantmaking Network - $90,000
A network of young women’s grant making groups around the US, designed to offer technical assistance in honing leadership development, and deepening programmatic (and, by extension, organizational) analysis on feminist, social change grant making. The Network will help create action or capacity-building plans specific to particular programs, and provide venues for collective work among the groups. (The Girls’ Grantmaking Network is a project of the Chicago Girls’ Coalition.)

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2007 Parental Notification Grants

- Total $25,500

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health - $10,000
Support of a Youth Speak Out and subsequent action

Global Girls $8,000
Support for “Girls’ Voices in the Parental Notification Debate”

Mujeres Latinas en Acción $7,500
Support for Proyecto Juventud (Project Youth) to educate and mobilize around parental notification.

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2007 Capacity Building Grants

- Total $140,000

Capacity-building grants are made to selected core grantees, in support of various kinds of work to increase organizational or program sustainability and effectiveness.

Alternatives, Inc. - $20,000
To support a plan to diversify fundraising efforts, including support for two strategic fundraising positions.

Blocks Together - $20,000
To support the critical consciousness building of the entire Blocks Together membership regarding gender and its intersection with race, class, sexual orientation, immigration status, ability, and age, and a plan to build a strong foundation for promoting gender justice in leadership development and issue campaigns.

Chicago Girls’ Coalition - $20,000
The Chicago Girls’ Coalition is building its capacity, as a young organization, to effectively provide its membership with resources to support girls’ development in communities.

Family Matters - $20,000
To support the enhancement of Family Matters’ development plan, by increasing revenue from individual giving, and expanding development staff, from one to two staff positions.

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health - $20,000
General operating support to continue the process of building organizational capacity, including the hire of two staff positions and implementation of plans to build a policy-related organizational structure and organizational power across Illinois.

Project Exploration - $10,000
To support a four-part plan: a five-year strategic plan that includes youth and community members’ voices; work to stabilize and enhance contributed revenue streams; creating a longitudinal evaluation and documentation of methodologies and success indicators; and creating a business plan and site strategy for a permanent home.

Questioning Youth Center - $20,000
To support organizational assessment and a facilitated strategic planning process that includes board, staff, youth, and community members. Questioning Youth Center will also hire a grant writer.

Young Chicago Authors - $10,000
To support the leadership transition and restructuring of the organization; to formalize the mission and work of the organization; and to develop a common language and understanding to support the internal and external structure of Young Chicago Authors’ work.

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2007 Discretionary Grants

- Total $31,305

A discretionary grant can support an unanticipated opportunity or crisis in feminist social change organizations, when a small grant can make a big difference. GBF also makes discretionary grants in support of philanthropic feminist, inclusive values.

Access Living - $4,195
Support for two to three Empowered FeFes members to attend/participate in the US Social Forum in June, 2007.

All Hail Project - $2,000
A grant for the Blackgirl Anti-Violence Project Youth – high school girl artists countering the personal, societal, and political aspects of the issue in their art.

Beyondmedia Education - $5,000
Video Chain Letter project

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council - $2,500
Support for June 2007 Free Minds, Free People national conference on liberation education, which included youth speakers.

Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy - $500
Support for the 4th annual H. Lindsey Award & Lecture on Inclusiveness in Philanthropy. (Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy is a project of Donors Forum of Chicago.)

Chicago Women in Philanthropy - $500
25th annual luncheon sponsorship in honor of Iris Krieg

Coalition for Education on Sexual Education - $500
To help support an petition’s appearance in an ad in the Pioneer Press in support of LGBTQ students at Deerfield High School, the school’s Gay/Straight Alliance, and school administration. (The Coalition for Education on Sexual Education has since changed its name to Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.)

Gender PAC - $2,500
Support of the Chicago Community Conversation on manhood, misogyny, and the media

Korean American Resource & Cultural Center

- $500
Support for young women leaders in Fighting Youth Shoutout for Humanity to attend the April 30-May 1 National Asian American & Pacific Island Mobilization in Washington, D.C.

Korean American Resource & Cultural Center

- $430

A grant in support of underwriting for a local benefit for the Third Wave Foundation

Michigan Women's Foundation - $100
T-shirts for girls at the May, 2006 Girl Grantmakers Gathering at the Women’s Funding Network conference

National Network of Grantmakers - $2,500
Support for the October 2007 conference in Chicago.

SisterSong Women of Color Health Collective - $80
Purchase of the Chicago area media list from Community Media Workshop.

Third Wave Foundation - $500
Sponsorship of the Foundation’s 10th anniversary celebration

TIKOJ - $600
Partial support of 2 young women’s travel to Guatemala, to build new Guatemalan youth organizing in Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago - $1,500
Partial support of a meeting of researchers of LGBTQ issues in schools, to set a national research agenda. (Organized by Stacey Horn, College of Education)

University of Illinois at Chicago -$1,500

Partial support for the summer 2007 Film Fest for Girls incarcerated at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. (Organized by Laurie Schaffner, Gender and Women’s Studies Department)

Women & Girls Collective Action Network - $3,900
For the Documentation Project on innovative strategies to end violence against women and girls (Women & Girls Collective Action Network is a project of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health.)

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2007 Fund for Professional Development Grants

- Total &44,903

Professional development grants are made to support training, conferences, and other forms of professional development that benefit girls’ programs, and build the field of girls’ development, organizing, and/or advocacy.

Access Living - $880
Support for a youth participant to attend the National Youth Organizing Training Institute put on by the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL): 5-day intensive training designed for youth organizers with a few years of experience to take their work to the next level, November 30 - December 5, 2006 in Nashville, TN.

Access Living - $1,035

Support for one staff person to attend the US Social Forum in Atlanta, GA, June 27 - July 1.

Alternatives, Inc. - $1,290
Support for the Grant Writer/Social Enterprise Project Leader to attend the 8th Gathering of the Social Enterprise Alliance in Long Beach CA, April 17 - 19, 2007, as part of Alternatives’ consideration of adding a social enterprise element.

Beyondmedia Education - $3,643
Support for one staff person to attend a Web design and media theory & design courses at Columbia College and for another staff person to attend the Bookkeepers Institute at Lumity.

Beyondmedia Education - $1,150

Support for one youth staff member to attend the US Social Forum in Atlanta, GA, June 27 - July 1, 2007.

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council - $1,150
Support for one youth board member to attend the US Social Forum in Atlanta, GA, June 27 - July 1, 2007.

Chicago Girls’ Coalition - $500
Support to send the Sisters Empowering Sisters Director to the SOUL-National Youth Organizing Training Institute, Nov 30-Dec 5, 2006, in Nashville, TN.

Coalition for Education on Sexual Education - $215
Support for one staff person to attend the Donor’s Forum of Chicago’s ABC’s of Proposal Writing workshop on June 5, 2007, & the Grant-seeking Primer workshop on September 13, 2007. (Organization name has since changed to Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.)

El Valor - $50
This grant pays for one year’s membership in the Chicago Girls’ Coalition.

Family Matters - $1,300
Support for two adults and four youth participants to attend and present at the Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, May 2-5 2007.

Family Matters - $700

Support for 2 staff members to attend the US Social Forum in Atlanta, GA, June 27 - July 1, 2007.

Family Matters - $600

A grant to send the Performance Arts Activist for Teen Girls Programs to Community Action Training sponsored by the Center for Third World Organizing, June 1-3, 2007 in Oakland CA.

Family Matters - $60

Underwriting for a staff member to attend CPR/AED training by the Red Cross.

Girls in the Game - $115
Support for the Development Associate to attend The Power Pitch workshop, hosted by the Community Media Workshop on October 6, 2006.

Girls in the Game - $670

Support for five staff to attend a full day workshop put on by the CMI Education Institute in Oak Lawn, IL on anger management and supporting youth with conflict resolution on March 2, 2007.

Global Girls - $120
Underwriting for 2 staff members to attend CPR/AED training by the Red Cross

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health - $525
Support for Lumity membership to be used for staff web development training.

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health - $2,000

Support for training and technical assistance for creating an anti-oppression organizational structure.

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health - $50

This grant pays for one year’s membership in the Chicago Girls’ Coalition.

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health - $3,570

Support for five staff members and one youth training coordinator to attend the US Social Forum in Atlanta, GA, June 27 - July 1, 2007.

Live for Something or Die for Nothing - $25
This grant pays for one year’s membership in the Chicago Girls’ Coalition.

Music Theater Workshop - $1,600
Support of artistic and teaching workshops for Music Theatre Workshop’s staff and teaching artists

Project Exploration - $3,170
Certified Interpretive Trainer training by the Association of Interpretation for the Senior Manager of Science Programs, and Pedagogy Professional Development training for six staff members

Project Exploration - $220

Underwriting for 2 staff members to attend FA/CPR/AED training by the Red Cross

Redmoon Theater - $130
Underwriting for 2 staff members to attend CPR training by the Red Cross

RIC Women with Disabilities Center - $775

Support to retain a consultant to assist staff to assess and formulate strategies that will enhance program evaluation and maximize girl-driven programming after the departure of the M&M Roll Model Program Co-Coordinator


Street Level Youth Media - $650
Support for the executive director to attend the Imagine America conference, October 6-8, 2006 at Ohio State University – Columbus.

Third Wave Foundation - $6,685
Support for six Chicago area young women activists to attend the US Social Forum in Atlanta, GA, June 27-July 1, 2007.

This Is Me - $695
A grant to purchase the Girl's Circle program curriculum with program evaluation tool kit

Women & Girls Collective Action Network - $2,655
Support to send the Females United For Action (FUFA) youth organizer and 2 FUFA members to the Youth Media Council 3-day Media Camp in California, May 17 – 19, and while there, to visit with groups in the Bay Area working on issues of violence against women and girls, and media justice. (Women & Girls Collective Action Network is a project of Illinois Caucus of Adolescent Health.)

Young Women's Action Team (YWAT) - $575
Support for four YWAT members and an adult volunteer to attend the Reproductive Justice 101 training of SisterSong on July 22, 2006 in Green Bay, WI. (Young Women’s Action Team is a project of Rogers Park Community Council)

Young Women's Empowerment Project - $5,000
Support for three youth and two staff members to attend the US Social Forum in Atlanta, GA, June 27 - July 1, 2007.

Young Women's Empowerment Project - $3,100

Support to send one staff member and one youth participant to the National Harm Reduction Conference in Oakland CA, November 9-12, 2006 to both present and participate.

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2007 Youth-Led Research Grant Supplements

- Total $5,000

Youth-Led project grants support inquiry into compelling questions that may focus on girls/youth, a girls’ program, or a community. Using participatory evaluation research, teams of youth and youth workers choose a question, decide how to collect data, gather and analyze info, and articulate and respond to their findings.

Family Matters - $1,250

Korean American Resource and Cultural Center

- $1,250

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health - $1,250

Young Chicago Authors - $1,250

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2007 National/Statewide Conference Underwriting

- Total $47,500

ADAPT - $10,000
Support for youth to attend the ADAPT Youth Summit, a 5 day training for youth with disabilities that focuses on leadership development, community organizing, and political and social empowerment.

Brotherhood/SisterSol - $5,000
Support to put on a 3 day youth leadership and social justice education training called Liberating Voices/Liberating Minds Institute in Chicago, October 18-20, 2006.

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health - $10,000
Support for a Youth Summit in Springfield, March 27-28, 2007, which brought 50 young people together to focus on skill development, to create an action plan, and to educate legislators about responsible sex education.

SisterSong - $20,000
Support for the Let’s Talk About Sex! Conference held in Chicago, May 31 – June 3, 2007. This conference is part of SisterSong’s strategy to ensure that women and girls of color have the information, access, and power to make healthy decisions about their lives.

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