Judy Mower
Success Through Giving: Judy Mower

If success were measured by the sheer number of awards a person accumulated, Dr. Judith Mower would be a superstar. In the last nine months alone, Judy has received a Community Team Spirit Award from the Salvation Army for her business leadership and philanthropy; been named one of “The 100 Who Inspire Girls to Lead and Achieve” by the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways; received an Orange Circle Award for altruism in the Syracuse community from her alma mater, Syracuse University; and been given the 2012 Wisdom Keeper Award by F.O.C.U.S Greater Syracuse. It’s no coincidence that so many community groups have chosen to honor Judy Mower. Her energy, wisdom, passion, and vision have helped make Central New York a better place for decades.

In 1998, Judy was one of a small group of like-minded women who created the Women’s Fund to empower women as philanthropists and transform the lives of women and girls around the Central New York region. As a founding member, Judy contributed $10,000 to the fledgling organization. “I needed, and wanted, to be comfortable giving to things I felt passionate about,” she recalls. Clearly she accomplished that goal. Her initial gift was followed by annual donations, including her most recent pledge of $20,000. But dollars and cents are only part of what Judy has to offer. “It’s important for me and other women to learn how to give money, use money, and ask for money,” she says. “That’s how women become community leaders.”

For Judy, the real rewards of giving go far beyond any public recognition. “I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I don’t need to buy more things,” she explains. “It’s very meaningful for me to give back. I feel satisfied knowing I’ve helped someone else, and that I can help change our corner of the world for the better.” The Women’s Fund is fortunate to be on Judy Mower’s long list of charitable priorities.

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

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