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Fund Development

The role of the Development Committee is to raise the funds necessary to create opportunities for women and girls. Major activities include:

    Power of the Purse Luncheon
The Power of the Purse Luncheon, held annually in May, is The Women’s Fund’s major fundraising event and a forum for highlighting our Grant programs. The Women’s Fund honors an individual who has made a positive impact for local women and girls with The Dream Maker Award and a business, group, or organization with the Alumni Circle Award. 

    Women Making Waves Event
Usually held in the fall, Women Making Waves is an awareness event highlighting topics that impact the health and well-being of women and girls.

    Awareness Gatherings
Help spread the word about The Women’s Fund and the accomplishments of  our grant programs by organizing a Gathering! A Gathering can be anything  from an intimate cocktail party, an informal coffee and pastry get-together, or a backyard pool party! The Women’s fund will assist with the guest list, organize and mail the invitations, and manage RSVPs. All you are required to do is invite your friends and provide an opportunity for The Women’s Fund  to present a brief awareness program.   


The Finance committee is responsible for fiscal management and oversight of The Women’s Fund financial assets. This committee reviews and monitors income and expenses, reconciles bank accounts, sets policy, manages and sets the budget, oversees wage and benefit policies/packages, and ensures that The Women’s Fund is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.


This committee oversees the grant-making process by soliciting proposals to identify for potential projects for funding and to making funding recommendations to the Board for grants to be funded. The committee monitors funded projects, receives and reviews fund reports and evaluates the results of funded grants.

Major Gifts

The primary responsibility of this committee is to maintain donor relations and cultivate annual gifts. The goal of the Major Gifts Committee is to grow The Women’s Fund’s investment funds and provide for the future of the organization.

Public Relations

The vision of the Public Relations/Communications committee is to create awareness and name recognition of The Women’s Fund throughout Oneida and Herkimer counties – and beyond! Our Mission is to share the initiatives of The Women’s Fund with the local residents of Oneida and Herkimer Counties in order to attract resources that will support of The Women’s Fund Mission.


The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to provide a continuous source of diverse, talented, well-trained leaders to carry on the work of The Women’s Fund. This committee meets with prospective Board members and educates them about The Women’s Fund. The Nominating Committee provides orientation for new Board members, assists in finding new members for the standing committees, and is responsible for monitoring attendance at Board meetings. This committee meets as needed.

Status of Women

The purpose of this important committee is to establish a clear picture of the status of women and girls in our community. So far, this committee studies the specific needs and resources available to assist them. The Status of Women committee has published three research reports providing an in-depth look at women and girls in our two counties. With this knowledge, The Women’s Fund is able to direct resources to organizations that fill gender gaps and enhance the well-being of females in our community.

2009 report
2006 report
2003 report

Ad Hoc Committees:

   Evaluation Committee
This committee evaluates staff and board performance and reviews the organization’s goals and activities.

    The Women’s Fund Alumni Circle
Created by our founding members and former Board members, this committee supports the work of the Women’s Fund.  The Alumni Circle also presents an annual award to a business, group or organization at the Power of the Purse Luncheon.