Leadership Council - Women at Work

With the help of Peggy Ogden, former President & CEO of the Community Foundation, we organized and formed our Leadership Council. In addition, we forged consensus on our mission, our values and these four goals:

  • Identify and provide funding for causes that support and empower women and girls
  • Develop and recognize leadership in women and girls
  • Promote the status of women in the community at large
  • Establish in women a sense of identity and responsibility as philanthropists

In 2001 and 2002 we gave out our first small grants, to mentoring and leadership development programs for girls, to scholarships enabling women to attend training programs in political leadership (one of whom has since been elected to public office), to dialogue circles bringing together girls and women from different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities, and to finance an internship in public service law. Since those first grant rounds we have distributed more than $280,000 to programs benefiting women and girls in Central New York. Each year, as the Fund grows, we are able to give more and more.

Beth Lynn Hoey, Chair

Beth Lynn Hoey has served in the non-profit development field for 29 years.  She is currently the Director of Development for Francis House, a position she has held for the past 23 years.  Beth has been accredited as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 2000.

Outside of her position at Francis House, Beth is passionate about training and mentoring non-profits in development, strategic planning, governance and non-profit leadership.  She has presented locally and nationally. She most enjoys enabling non-profit staff and volunteers to recognize and foster a culture of philanthropy within their organization and community.

Beth is serving her third year on the leadership council of the Women’s Fund of CNY.  Her past volunteer service includes: board member and past president of the Central New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP); board member of the Central New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA); board member of the Junior League of Syracuse; board member for Friends of Jowonio; board member and board chair for Gingerbread House Preschool and Daycare. She was a founding member and past chair of the Leave a Legacy Program for Central New York. 

Beth lives in Marietta with her husband and four children. She tries to find time to bike, play her accordion and hammer dulcimer, and spend time with her two miniature donkeys.

Beth can be reached at bhoey@twcny.rr.com.

Women’s Fund of CNY Leadership Council 2020-2021

Liz Armstrong

Margaret Barclay

Ginny Biesiada

Jill Charsky

Jalyn Clifford

Rina Corigliano-Hart

Sue Edson, Events

Maureen Flynn, Grants

Anna Hartwell

Carolyn Hendrickson

Beth Lynn Hoey, Chair

Lynn Hy

Jen Liddy, Secretary

Kate Michaels, Board Development

Lisa Moore

Cindy Oehmigen, Development

Tamika Otis

Elizabeth Quilter

Caeresa Richardson, Treasurer

Barb Stone

Kimberly Townsend

Meega Wells

Melissa Whipps, Vice Chair

The Women's Fund of Central New York is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.

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