Women’s Fund Honored Grantees at Awards Reception

May 1, 2015 (Syracuse, NY) – Twelve 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 29. This awards dinner marked 15 years of grantmaking by the Fund for the benefit of women and girls in Central New York. The grants, totaling $30,500, will fund programs that support the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York.

Cayuga Home for Children (Cayuga Centers) received $3,000 in support of its Creative Approach to Residential Enhancement (CARE) program, which empowers young women in placement through access to speakers and field trips.

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo received $2,000 in support of ZooGuides, a high school paid internship program for economically disadvantaged youth.

Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation received $2,100 to provide lodging for a trip to Washington DC as part of its Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights education program.

Schweinfurth Art Center received $2,600 to purchase two sewing machines for community use as part of the Schweinfurth MakeRoom project, which seeks to expand the organization’s arts education programs by creating art making spaces with equipment not readily available in most people’s homes.

Syracuse City Ballet received $3,350 in support of Empowerment Through Dance, an 8-week educational dance program for girls aged 12-18 in residence at Elmcrest Children’s Center.

Syracuse Jewish Family Service received $2,500 in support of $eniorcents, a pilot education program to improve older adults’ financial literacy.

Syracuse University WISE Women’s Business Center received $2,500 in support of “Exito!” (Success), an educational program for Latina women in Onondaga County designed to develop entrepreneurial skills.

Unity House of Cayuga County received $2,750 to help launch a new mental health peer-counseling support group for women in recovery.

YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County received $2,700 in support of Girls Take Charge, an educational program focused on physical activity, stress management, body image and nutrition.

Community Action Partnership received $2,500 in support of Grandparent’s Group which provides meetings, speaker series and networking opportunities for grandparents raising children.

In addition, Lockheed Martin provided the funding to award two grants to programs that serve female veterans and/or science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education:

Clear Path for Veterans received $2,250 to support its Women Warrior Wellness Workshop and Education series.

Baltimore Woods Nature center received $2,250 to host a one-week scholarship for K-8TH grade girls to attend the Baltimore Woods Nature Center Summer Camp.

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 $215,000, 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 Central New York 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 more than $172 million. It awarded $9.5 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested nearly $130 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 650 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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