Christine Grumm, President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network, has more than three decades of experience as a leader in effecting social change through civil society, and especially through women’s philanthropy. Chris passionately believes in the power of women and girls’ solutions and is dedicated to helping unleash that potential to help transform the world.
As President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network, Chris has shown dynamic leadership in guiding 155 women’s and girls’ funds, in the U.S. and abroad, through an ambitious program of expansion towards a goal of $465 million in assets by 2008. Chris has also raised awareness of the make-a-difference philanthropy practiced by women’s funds that emphasizes the active role of women as donors and grantee partners. The results speak for themselves: in 2000, Network membership numbered 70; today it has more than 155 member funds. In 2000 women’s funds held $150 million in assets; today that number exceeds $465 million, while giving away $60 million annually.
Visionary partnerships have also grown, including Women Moving Millions, a partnership between an extraordinary group of visionary donors, the Women's Funding Network, and its member funds. Women Moving Millions represents a wide spectrum of women who share a powerful vision of the world, in which justice, equality and safety are experienced by all women and girls and their families in every corner of the earth. This groundbreaking campaign beat its goal of raising $150 million in gifts of $1 million and more by April 2009 by raising more than $181 million. This achievement has made a lasting difference to women’s funds’ major fundraising abilities and potential and is one step toward bringing major financial resources to women-led solutions.
Prior to joining Women’s Funding Network, Chris served as Executive Director of the Chicago Foundation for Women. Under her leadership, Chicago Foundation for Women increased its grant-making to one million dollars annually and completed an endowment campaign surpassing its $5 million goal.