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Come see Justin Willman live!

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Opening doors of Opportunity... through caring and commitment

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Active Board Members

Sarah Arlandson

Anshu Arora

Chris Beer

Christina Blas

Margot Buehler

Kathy Carbonell

Amy Chung

Ann Dalhart

Margaret Eger

Patty Felker

Karen Fischer

Cristen Forrester

Patty Gahlon

Elza Garnett

Anne Gezon

Gina Gooden

Mary Lois


Tracy Heilman



Judy Howser

Dania Leemputte

Jane Litin

Julie Montgomery

Anne Mueller



Jeni Roderick

Joan Shapiro

Anne Simcox

Lisa Snabes

Emily Tzur

Sue Watt

Diane Welnhofer






Special thanks to our generous partners!


Our Mission

The women of the Winnetka Board believe that with knowledge, opportunities and support, we can help reduce generational poverty as we support the Northwestern Settlement.



Northwestern Settlement offered private day care for decades before launching a public preschool in 1991. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and ExceleRate Illinois, and can accommodate up to 78 children ages 3-5 in full-day, year-round programming.  The program emphasizes both socializing children and preparing them for kindergarten, as well as providing supportive parent services.

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Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) creates and tells heroic stories about young people to engage our community and inspire all of us to be heroes in our own lives.

ASC programming includes mainstage performances, drama and literacy residencies in Chicago Public Schools, teen mentorship, and community engagement.



Rowe Elementary School is Northwestern Settlement’s college-prep charter school. Established in 2009, Rowe currently serves over 800 scholars in grades K-8. The school’s bold mission is to prepare all of its graduates for college acceptance and success. Rowe Elementary is a Level 1+ school, the highest possible rating from Chicago Public Schools.

Rowe is an open-enrollment public charter school. It does not charge tuition, and students do not need to take an admissions test. All Rowe scholars receive the integrated programming provided by Northwestern Settlement, with special support from Adventure Stage Chicago, AmeriCorps Project YES!, and House In The Wood

Our Impact

Over 800 families have benefited from the services of Rowe, Family Cares Center and Adventure Stage. A remarkable 100% of their students are accepted into college preparatory high schools throughout Chicagoland and many go on to colleges and universities.


Scholars Educated yearly 

By holistically preparing them to successfully navigate the road to college graduation, the Settlement believes that our community is full of brilliant young people who, when provided an excellent education, are able to compete at colleges across the country.




Years Serving communities

Since 1923 the Winnetka Board has provided financial and "hands on" support to the Settlement through our fundraising and volunteer efforts.



Chicago Zip Codes Served

The Settlement provides support to families throughout Chicago, reaching 49 zip codes and growing!


Get Involved

Winnetka Board supports the Northwestern Settlement's comprehensive approach to community building with a special focus on Rowe Elementary, Adventure Stage and Family Cares Center, including volunteer opportunities for individuals and families. The Winnetka Board is a great place to drive philanthropic efforts to future generations.

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The Magic of Giving

Breakfast Bites

Walk The Runway

Volunteer opportunities

Tutor at Rowe

Adopt a Family

Serve the community with your children

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"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."
     --Nelson Mandela