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.


Elizabeth Fallon Quilter, Chair

Elizabeth Fallon Quilter, CFRE has worked in, with, and for, nonprofit organizations for more than 30 years. She has been successful as development staff, consultant, board member, trainer and coach.  Elizabeth has helped myriad human service organizations raise tens of millions of dollars. Her proudest work is helping organizations build sustaining development infrastructures. From her early days selling Girl Scout Cookies in Virginia, to hosting Michael Jordan’s birthday party for charity for three years, to recently helping the Baldwinsville, NY community finally build their YMCA, she has experience across fundraising, events, sponsorships and most importantly, growing individual and leadership donors. 

Elizabeth is the current chair of the Women’s Fund of Central New York, where she’s in her fourth year on the Leadership Council and has previously served the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) chapters in CNY (pro-bono planning and facilitation) in Chicago (board and committee positions and chair) and on the International Board. She was honored with the AFP -Chicago President’s award in 2001. While most of her professional life has been in Chicago, she currently resides in Syracuse, and has clients in both regions. She likes to spend time on or near big water as much as possible.

Connect with Elizabeth through her website:  EFQUILTER.COM or email Elizabeth@efquilter.com. You can frequently find her on twitter @booquilter

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

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