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How did The Women's Fund get started?

Inspiration for The Women's Fund came from the 75th Anniversary of the Women's right to vote celebrated in Seneca Falls, NY in 1995. The Women's Fund of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc. was established in 1997 by a group of local women who pledged their time, services and skills to raise money to support the women and girls within our local community.

The Women's Fund of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc. has two distinct grant programs: The Women's Fund and Annie's Fund. The Women's Fund grant program supports non-profit programs that benefit women and girls, while Annie's Fund provides support to individual women in crisis.

What is the mission of The Women's Fund?

The mission of The Women's Fund is to create opportunities for economic, educational and personal growth for women of all ages and to encourage advancement and full participation in the community. 

Why is The Women's Fund Important?

According to a report published by The Women's Funding Network, women comprise 70% of those living in absolute poverty worldwide.

Locally, the poverty statistics for women with children are distressingly high. According to our 2001 Status of Women Report, 41.3% of female-headed households living in poverty also have children under the age of 18; 57.8% have children under the age of five.

The lack of food, health care, and stimulating environment lowers children's ability to learn for their lifetime.

Children from poor families are two times as likely to repeat a grade, two times more likely to drop out of school, and half as likely to earn a college degree.

The Women's Fund sustains programs that help women overcome poverty by promoting education, employment opportunities, and wellness, providing women with the skills and resources to help themselves.

When you support The Women's Fund you provide intervention for women and children living in poverty, services for battered women and children, programs that encourage young girls to pursue their educational goals and remain in school, and support for girls struggling with of lack of economic opportunities.

Nationally, only about 7% of all available non-profit funding is targeted specifically for programs that assist women and girls. Women's Funds are essential to close this funding gap.

All monies stay locally and serve women and girls in Herkimer and Oneida Counties.

How Much Money has The Women's Fund Awarded in Grants?

Since The Women's Fund began granting funds in 1999, we have granted more than $212,000 to non-profit programs to benefit women and girls and $106,000 through Annie's Fund, a total of $318,000.

How will my donation to The Women's Fund be used?

Donors may designate their donation to one of three funds:

  • The Women's Fund Agency Fund (our fund to support grants to non-profits)
  • Annie's Fund
  • General Fund supporting operating costs