Women’s Fund Names $30,000 in Special Impact Awards for Local College Students

August 24, 2016 (Syracuse, NY) – Three local colleges each received a $10,000 Special Impact Award from the Women’s Fund of Central New York. The grants, totaling $30,000, were awarded to Onondaga Community College, Cayuga Community College and SUNY Morrisville to provide emergency financial assistance to female full-time college students. Each college will determine how the funds will be spent to support women who face a financial emergency or other crisis that could disrupt their education.

“The Women’s Fund Leadership Council is thrilled to be able to award such significant amounts to three important educational institutions in the region which is our home,” said Patti Callahan, council chair.” We feel strongly that by empowering women through educational opportunities, we are addressing our mission.”

Awardees were selected based on their ability to make a significant impact on women and girls in Central New York.

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 grants totaling more than $250,000, and has grown 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 Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of nearly $193 million. It awarded $11 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $150 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

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