April 18, 2012 (Syracuse, NY) - Nine 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 17. The organizations received grants totaling $24,000 to fund programs that support the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York.


Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc. received $1,500 to help provide supplies that will enable women fleeing abusive relationships to maintain or obtain employment.


Child Care Solutions received $1,500 to partner with Cooperative Federal to provide an intensive financial literacy program to 15 local women who own a child care business.


Community Action Partnership of Madison County received $1,500 to support for the Transitional Housing Program, which provides fully furnished homes for homeless families.


CONTACT Community Services, Inc. received $2,000 to support the L.A.D.I.E.S. program, a mentoring program for young women in the Paving R Way after school program at Lincoln Middle School.


Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship/Whitman School of Management received $9,000 to partner with WISE Women’s Business Center, Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship and the Southside Innovation Center to establish an entrepreneurial Kick Start gift fund for low income women who desire to start or who have started a business.


Friends of Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park received $2,450 to enhance support for the Fellows program portion of ZooGuides, a science-based internship program for underserved teens.


Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc. received $1,140 to support Project Butterfly, a youth development program for young women.


Syracuse Habitat for Humanity received $1,250 to support f the Women Build program, which enables women to participate in planning, fundraising and construction of a home.


YWCA Syracuse and Onondaga County received $3,660 to hire a consultant to help train staff and develop a manual for new computer software at the Girls Inc. facility.


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 supported 46 different organizations with grants totaling nearly $139,000, and is in the midst of a three-year campaign to grow 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 a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $128 million. It awards close to $5.6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually and has invested more than $100 million in the community since its inception. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of nearly 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit www.cnycf.org

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

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