Sunny Fischer

Sunny Fischer

Sunny Fischer has worked as a philanthropic pioneer and domestic violence leader, beginning as an early domestic violence activist in Evanston, Illinois. She is the Executive Director of the Richard Driehaus Foundation, was a founding executive director of one of the first private women's foundations in the country, the Sophia Fund, and was the co-founder of the Chicago Foundation for Women. At the Donors Forum and United Way in Chicago, she has led efforts to increase the philanthropic response to gender discrimination and poverty. In the past Ms. Fischer has been a teacher, a researcher (she co-authored "All They Can Do: Police Response to Battered Women's Complaints"), and a social worker. Numerous organizations have honored her for her work in philanthropy and women's issues, including Jewish Women International, the Association of Fundraising Executives - Chicago Chapter, and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, which gave her its "Point of Lightning" award. Born in New York City, Ms. Fischer was educated at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Her masters degree is from the University of Chicago's School of Social Services Administration (SSA). A member of several other boards, she now chairs the board of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.