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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2021-2022 Leadership Council

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

News & Stories

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 ...

News Releases April 1, 2020

The Women’s Fund of Central New York Supports COVID-19 Response

The Women’s Fund of Central New York announced today that it is modifying its grantmaking ...

News Releases April 1, 2020

Women’s Fund Awards $45,000 to Projects that Support Women and Girls

Nine nonprofit organizations from Oswego, Onondaga, Madison and Cayuga counties were awarded grants from the ...

Stories September 1, 2019

Helen Everson | Syracuse Women in Philanthropy

Several plans for a new museum were found in Helen Everson's home, suggesting that she ...

Stories September 1, 2019

Margaret Tredwell Redfield Smith | Syracuse Women in Philanthropy

She was an accomplished writer and authored several highly acclaimed research papers, often based on ...

Stories September 1, 2019

Mary Elizabeth Wieting Johnson | Syracuse Women in Philanthropy

In 1896, the Wieting Theater burned down for a 3rd time, and Mary re-built it ...

Stories September 1, 2019

Rosamond Gifford | Syracuse Women in Philanthropy

Gifford inherited just over $1,000,000 (equivalent to approximately $16,700,000 in today’s dollars).

Stories July 26, 2019

Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage | Syracuse Women in Philanthropy

Sage's estate at the time of her death consisted of close to $50,000,000, almost all ...

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 ...

News Releases April 1, 2020

The Women’s Fund of Central New York Supports COVID-19 Response

The Women’s Fund of Central New York announced today that it is modifying its grantmaking ...

News Releases April 1, 2020

Women’s Fund Awards $45,000 to Projects that Support Women and Girls

Nine nonprofit organizations from Oswego, Onondaga, Madison and Cayuga counties were awarded grants from the ...

Stories September 1, 2019

Helen Everson | Syracuse Women in Philanthropy

Several plans for a new museum were found in Helen Everson's home, suggesting that she ...

Stories September 1, 2019

Margaret Tredwell Redfield Smith | Syracuse Women in Philanthropy

She was an accomplished writer and authored several highly acclaimed research papers, often based on ...

Stories September 1, 2019

Mary Elizabeth Wieting Johnson | Syracuse Women in Philanthropy

In 1896, the Wieting Theater burned down for a 3rd time, and Mary re-built it ...

Stories September 1, 2019

Rosamond Gifford | Syracuse Women in Philanthropy

Gifford inherited just over $1,000,000 (equivalent to approximately $16,700,000 in today’s dollars).

Stories July 26, 2019

Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage | Syracuse Women in Philanthropy

Sage's estate at the time of her death consisted of close to $50,000,000, almost all ...

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