Women’s Fund Marks Ten Triumphant Years
The year 2012 was certainly a landmark for the Women’s Fund. In November, more than 100 supporters got together at the Binghamton Club to toast the Fund’s tenth anniversary and hear about its latest round of grants.
The Fund awarded $7,600 through its regular grants program, including: $1,750 to the Broome County Council of Churches to conduct outreach to isolated elder women and caretakers; $600 to Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways to teach up to 100 girls about the issue of hunger; $1,750 to the Life Choices Center in Binghamton for updates to the “Smart Choices” education program; $2,000 to Mom’s House of Johnson City to provide motivational DVD programs for parents; and $1,500 to the Tioga County Rural Ministry to buy personal care products for low-income single mothers.
Thanks to a special tenth anniversary gift from the Community Foundation, the Women’s Fund also awarded $10,000 to Family Planning (formerly Planned Parenthood) of South Central New York to provide free health care to immigrant women who are clients of Binghamton’s American Civic Association (ACA). Available services include annual gynecological exams, cancer screenings, family planning, HIV testing and more.
Language barriers, lack of transportation, the convoluted health care system and other obstacles often keep recent immigrants from gaining access to the health care services they need, says Debra Marcus, chief executive officer at Family Planning of South Central New York. “We want to make it as simple as possible.”
To that end, a Family Planning educator and clinic receptionist will come to the ACA several times a month to talk with immigrant women who attend classes there, perhaps even signing them up on the spot for appointments.
Many immigrants consider the ACA a safe zone, says Andrew Baranowski, the organization’s executive director. “This is a place that they’re familiar with and can trust, and where there are folks who can assist them with their language needs.” Family Planning staff will work with the ACA’s English as a Second Language teachers, and possibly with leaders in the immigrant communities, to help more women take advantage of preventative health services available through Family Planning, he says.
As 2012 drew to an end, members of the Women’s Fund found yet another achievement to celebrate--a successful close to Five in 5, a five-year campaign that brought the Fund’s endowment to $500,000. Having reached that ambitious goal, the Women’s Fund gains even greater power to enhance the lives of women and girls in our communities.
2012-2013 Women’s Fund Needs Assessment
To better understand the needs of women and girls in the region and to better meet those needs we conducted a needs assessment in 2012. Read the full report here.
Together We Can Accomplish What None of Us Could Do Alone
Our Mission: "The Women's Fund exists to improve and empower the lives of women and girls in the region through collective and engaged philanthropy among women."
Women have made important strides in recent decades, achieving significant leadership positions in business, academia, government and the military. How can it still be, then, that two-thirds of American adults who live below the poverty line are women? How is it that more than one-third of all women-headed households in the U.S. fall below poverty level? What are we to think in a nation where a girl without a high school diploma has a 90% chance of being poor and raising children who will also live in poverty?
In 2002 we resolved to put the collective power of our hearts, minds and
money to work to find solutions to these and many other serious issues that
have a profound impact on women and girls, so we could make a real difference
right here in our own communities.
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- Address the serious issues that impact women and girls in our region by grantmaking to organizations addressing those issues.
- Build a permanent endowment that can be used to help the region's women and girls now and for the future.
- Provide an efficient way to turn the power of donors' individual contributions into a collective philanthropic force that can achieve greater impact on women's issues than any single smaller donation could.
- Involve donors to the Fund in the process of deciding how the grant funds are spent and which agencies and projects receive them.
The Women's Fund Leadership Committee oversees the activities of the Fund and serves as an advisory committee to the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for South Central New York, which has the legal responsibility for the operation of the Fund. The Leadership Committee's members (as well as those of other Women's Fund committees) are drawn from donors to the Fund.
The Women's Fund has made $66,500 in grants to over thirty-five projects and programs at nonprofit agencies throughout the five-county region we serve. We have funded programs that address: sexual violence and domestic abuse, financial literacy, character and leadership development for girls, women's health, parenting skills, Internet safety and more.
As of December 31, 2012, The Women's Fund's fund balance was $511,766. As an endowed fund, we adhere to the Community Foundation's spending policy of 4%. In 2012, the Fund awarded $18,000 in grants to programs supporting women and girls, $10,000 in honor of our 10th anniversary.
We know that the needs of the region's women and girls are pressing, that much more remains to be done and in response, we embarked on an ambitious campaign in 2007 to raise a total of $500,000 for The Women's Fund by the end of 2012. Having reached and exceeded that goal, we will eventually be able to award $20,000 in grants each year.
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|Linda Biemer, Chair||Cory Jacobs|
|Natalie Thompson, Vice Chair||Betsy Koffman|
|Whitney Beal||Suzanne McLeod|
|Diane Campbell||Roberta Melville|
|Heather M. Cornell, Esq.||Merri Pell-Preus|
|Susan Fertig||Jennifer Schorr|
|Betty Goodwin||Towhee Shupka|
|Amy Howard||Jackie Visser|
|Paula Huntsman||Jane L. Zuckerman|