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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:

Programs we fund                     

Great girls programs deserve and need financial support, encouragement, and recognition.

Since its creation in 1994 as a private family foundation, Girl's Best Friend Foundation has provided over $5.8 million in grants in support of policies and programs that ensure girls' self determination, power, and well being. Core grants also include an additional 10 percent over and above the grant award to support the evaluation of the project. 

Since mid-2002, our grants have focused on metropolitan Chicago. Between 1995 and early 2002, we made grants throughout the state of Illinois.

Current grantees
In fiscal year 2007 (July 1, 2006– June 30, 2023), GBF awarded $1,616,048 in grants. GBF makes core grants twice a year to support organizations and programs focused on gender conscious youth development, leadership, and activism that furthers feminist social change.

Current Core grantees
Other current GBF grantees

Former grantees
Learn which organizations GBF funded in former years

Former GBF grantees

Learn more about the kinds of grants GBF makes now, which groups are eligible, and how to apply

Reasons to peruse our grants lists

  • learn more about what we fund
  • discover the size of our average grants
  • find organizations doing similar work
  • find nearby organizations you may want to partner with

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