The Women’s Fund of Central New York, founded in 1998, is a volunteer-led fund which supports, empowers and recognizes the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York through an endowment fund, grants and initiatives. The Women’s Fund of Central New York is an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.

As an organization whose mission is to improve and empower the lives of women and girls, we believe that Black Lives Matter.

We stand with our Leadership Council sisters and the Black community at large.  We are committed to dismantling the systems and policies that have prevented the advancement and full participation of Black women and girls.

From funding initiatives like Tubman Troupe in Auburn to helping provide meals at the Tucker Missionary Baptist Church during the current crisis, The Women’s Fund has long been committed to supporting the Black community in Central New York.

In recent years we have been proactive about diversifying our board to better represent the community of women and girls we serve.  We will continue to do so in order to effect positive change from within our organization and find new ways to more effectively serve our community.

Moving forward, here’s what you can do to support and engage in this critical time:
· Have “Courageous Conversations”
· Support Black-owned businesses
· Donate to organizations or volunteer for organizations that seek to engage and support Black communities

The Women’s Fund Leadership Council is committed to continuing support for Black women and girls in our community – now, and in the future.

We encourage you to do the same.  We are, after all, stronger together.

The Women’s Fund is the union of many gifts, big and small, by those who want to give back to their community. Tax-deductible gifts may be made in various ways. You may contribute online with a credit card or checks, made out to Central New York Community Foundation with “Women’s Fund of Central New York” written in the memo line, may be sent to: Central New York Community Foundation, 431 East Fayette Street, Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Learn more about other giving opportunities available.

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We accept applications from organizations whose primary focus is to address key issues affecting women and girls in Central New York.

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Since 1998, we have been awarding impactful grants that make a difference for local women and girls. View our previous grants.

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2022-2023 Leadership Council

Lisa Alford
Margaret Barclay
Ginny Biesiada
Jill Charsky, Grants
Jalyn Clifford, Vice Chair
Rina Corigliano-Hart, Nominating
Megan Didomenico
Judi Dixon, Events
Sue Edson
Maureen Flynn
Beth Lynn Hoey
Lynn Hy, Grants
Lauren Ianuzi, Secretary
Jennifer Janes
Maeve Lanning, Chair
Susan Lohert
Debra McClendon-Boddie
Kate Michaels, Immediate Past Chair
Lisa Moore
Cindy Oehmigen, Fundraising
Tamika Otis
Amy Rhinehardt
Caeresa Richardson, Treasurer
Yudaisy Salomón Sargentón
Laura Serway
Barb Stone
Meega Wells
Shabnam Yazdanyar

News & Stories

Stories October 11, 2022

Women’s Fund Founders Built Legacy for Community’s Daughters and Granddaughters

The Women’s Fund now has more than $1.2 million in total assets and has awarded ...

women's fund logo
News Releases August 30, 2022

Women's Fund Distributes $50,000 in Grants

$50,000 in grants will assist nonprofits serving Onondaga, Oswego, and Cayuga counties

Caragh Fahy and her two sons stand in from of a playground
Stories August 29, 2022

Caragh Fahy: Giving for Generations

Caragh believes that building a financial plan is like putting together a puzzle and charitable ...

News Releases April 11, 2022

Grant Round is Open! | Women's Fund of CNY

The Women’s Fund will award ten $5,000 grants to support programs and ideas that aim ...

Corinthian Club members
Publications March 9, 2022

The Corinthian Club: A Legacy of Friendship and Progress

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Donor Story

Stories February 17, 2022

Remembering Lois Schaffer

Lois was a founding member of the Women's Fund and a program officer at the ...

Stories November 23, 2021

Whole Me Creates Real Change for CNY's Deaf Community

An important quality of Whole Me is that when a person who is deaf walks ...

News Releases August 12, 2021

Women's Fund Distributes $48,100 in Grants

Since its inception in 1998, the Women’s Fund has awarded $450,000 in grants, and has ...

News Releases April 19, 2021

Grant Opportunities Available for Projects that Support Women and Girls

The Women’s Fund will award up to eight $5,000 grants to support programs and ideas ...

Stories October 11, 2022

Women’s Fund Founders Built Legacy for Community’s Daughters and Granddaughters

The Women’s Fund now has more than $1.2 million in total assets and has awarded ...

women's fund logo
News Releases August 30, 2022

Women's Fund Distributes $50,000 in Grants

$50,000 in grants will assist nonprofits serving Onondaga, Oswego, and Cayuga counties

Caragh Fahy and her two sons stand in from of a playground
Stories August 29, 2022

Caragh Fahy: Giving for Generations

Caragh believes that building a financial plan is like putting together a puzzle and charitable ...

News Releases April 11, 2022

Grant Round is Open! | Women's Fund of CNY

The Women’s Fund will award ten $5,000 grants to support programs and ideas that aim ...

Corinthian Club members
Publications March 9, 2022

The Corinthian Club: A Legacy of Friendship and Progress

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Donor Story

Stories February 17, 2022

Remembering Lois Schaffer

Lois was a founding member of the Women's Fund and a program officer at the ...

Stories November 23, 2021

Whole Me Creates Real Change for CNY's Deaf Community

An important quality of Whole Me is that when a person who is deaf walks ...

News Releases August 12, 2021

Women's Fund Distributes $48,100 in Grants

Since its inception in 1998, the Women’s Fund has awarded $450,000 in grants, and has ...

News Releases April 19, 2021

Grant Opportunities Available for Projects that Support Women and Girls

The Women’s Fund will award up to eight $5,000 grants to support programs and ideas ...

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