Women’s Fund Honored Grantees at Awards Reception

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April 25, 2014 (Syracuse, NY) – Thirteen nonprofit organizations from Onondaga, Madison and Cayuga Counties were awarded grants at the Women’s Fund of Central New York’s annual grant awards reception, held on April 24, 2014. This awards dinner marks 13 years of grant making by the Fund for the benefit of women and girls in Central New York. The grants, totaling $23,775, will fund programs that support the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York.

Booker T. Washington Community Center received $1,500 to pay for food and supplies for “Developing Safe and Healthy Relationships,” which provides workshops, support groups and counseling for women.

Mary Rose Clinic (Community Action Partnership) received $2,500 to cover medical expenses not covered by discounts or pro bono services for low-income women and girls in Madison County.

Child Care Solutions received $1,500 for event materials and speakers for its Columbus Day Professional Development Conference.

Contact Community Services received $1,000 for manuals, food and supplies for its Mental Health First Aid for Women of Color program.

Friends at Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnett Park received $1,250 to purchase materials for its ZooGuide internship program for 16-year-old low-income students.

Girls Inc. at the YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga County received $3,075 to support its Life Empowerment Action Plan summer program which helps young women evaluate their education/career choices. It also helps to build their leadership and financial management skills.

Museum of Science and Technology (MoST) received $2,500 to fund field trip expenses and transportation costs for their Young Women Scientist Summer Camp which builds interest in science among fourth- and fifth-grade girls.

Networking InterFaith Achievement (NIA) Ministries received $2,550 for a laptop, a printer and clothing to support the “EXPRESS” Yourself Support & Transitional Program. This 12-week program helps incarcerated women develop goals, life communication and interpersonal skills.

North Side Learning Center received $1,400 to support the costs of food, childcare, and publishing for the Unity of Sisters collaborative storytelling and poetry programming for African American women.

PEACE, Inc. received $1,500 to support field trips for the Girls Empowerment Mentally & Socially (GEMS) to Jewels program. The 24 sessions expose young girls to strong women in history.

Somali-Bantu Community Association of Onondaga County, Inc. received $2,000 for office supplies and internet access for their Women & Girls Empowerment Project that provides tutoring and afterschool programming to at-risk middle school and high school Somali-Bantu girls.

Visions for Change received $2,000 to support childcare for their Circles leaders program.

Women’s Opportunity Center received $1,000 to offer special clothing for their Non-traditional Scholarship Fund offering women transportation, childcare and employment assistance.

The Women’s Fund of Central New York supports, empowers and recognizes the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York through an endowment fund, grants and initiatives. Since its inception in 1998, the Women’s Fund has awarded 79 grants totaling nearly $163,500, and is in the midst of a three-year campaign to grow its endowment to $1 million. For more information or to make a donation visit: www.womensfundofcny.org.

The Women’s Fund of Central New York is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $143 million. It awarded $8.3 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $120 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of more than 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit www.cnycf.org.

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