The Women’s Fund

The Community Foundation’s Women's Fund, a field of interest fund, was created to improve, through purposeful philanthropy, the status and quality of life for all women.

Field of interest funds aggregate multiple gifts from many donors who have a strong desire to address a particular concern or constituency providing focus yet flexible grants.


  • Promote educational, economic, social, and political equality for women
  • Enable women to achieve economic self-sufficiency
  • Ensure that women have the necessary resources for healthcare
  • Honor local women who have made our community a better place in which to live

History, Grants, and Endowment

Created in 2004, the Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation seeks to make a significant difference in the lives of individual women and the work of organizations in our community. There have always been local women who were philanthropists. They brought food to the needy, nursed the sick, and contributed funds to those causes close to home. Groups like the Ladies Benevolent Society provided a safe place to live for elderly women, which has evolved into McGraw House. Working together, women founded the Children’s Home, a refuge for youngsters in need, and helped create such institutions as the Reconstruction Home, Women’s Opportunity Center, The Cancer Resource Center, and many others.

2017 4th QTR Women’s Fund Dashboard

The Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund aims to continue this important tradition through the establishment of the Women’s Fund Endowment. The Women’s Fund Endowment has achieved our goal of its first milestone of $200,000 with special incentives. Donors can make at gift by Clicking Here and designating the program as, Other, Women’s Fund Endowment.

Beverly Baker Society

Women’s Fund Gift Form

2017 Women’s Fund Annual Luncheon PHOTO GALLERY

2017 Women’s Fund Grantees

Select 2016 Women’s Fund Grantee Impact Reports


Women’s Fund Advisory Committee


Stephanie Bailey  (Chair)

Pamela Bleiwas

Suzie Brache

Jill Burlington

Elsa Hyde

Stacey Murphy

Carrie Regenstein

Kim Rothman

Nancy Schuler

Angela Sullivan

Community Foundation Board of Directors Liaison: Lynn Swain

Donor Recognition

  • Donors will be recognized as a member of the Beverly Baker Society for each year  in which you give at least $1,000 in that year.
  • Donors making an annual gift of $500-$999 will be recognized as a Patron of the Women’s Fund.
  • Donors making an annual gift of under $500 will be recognized as a Supporter of the Women’s Fund.
  • Donors that have given $1,000 and above received the special permanent recognition of Women’s Fund Endowment Founder, the fund has reached $200,000; the recognition of Founder is now  retired and ceases to be available to subsequent donors.

Please join us in building this lasting legacy in our community, and more importantly, in making sure that women have the opportunities they deserve to improve the quality of their lives. Make a gift to the Women’s Fund Endowment.

Beverly Baker Society

Below is a listing of Women’s Fund Endowment Founders:

  • Suzanne Aigen
  • Beverly Baker
  • Mary Berens
  • Rose Bethe
  • Christine Brouwer
  • Barbara Caldwell
  • Mary Call
  • CFCU Community Credit Union/Lisa Whitaker
  • Elissa Cogan and Barry Chester
  • Lauren Comly
  • Priscilla Crispell
  • Robin Davisson
  • Jerry Dietz
  • Mary Pat Dolan
  • David and Peggy Dunlop
  • Maria Eisner
  • Jennifer Engel and Larry Young
  • Joanne Florino
  • Maria Cristina Garcia
  • Vicki Gayle and Karen Comstock
  • Jean and Carl Gortzig
  • Jennie C. Graham
  • Brad and Mary Grainger
  • Janice Hertel
  • John and Robin Moss Hinchcliff
  • Anna Holmberg
  • David Holmberg and Kathryn March
  • Eric Holmberg
  • Bonnie Howell
  • Martha Hsu
  • Barbara Hulbert
  • Alfred and Mary Kahn
  • Joanne James
  • Carol Kammen
  • David Kuckuk and Sheila Danko
  • Frederick Laub
  • Nancy Leeming
  • Perri and Mick LoPinto
  • Karen Macier
  • Ann Mathews
  • Nina Miller
  • Barbara Mingle
  • Risa Mish
  • Alice Moore and Robert Smith
  • Susanne Morgan
  • Susan Murphy
  • Nancy Potter
  • Elizabeth Reed
  • Jeanette Shady
  • Susan Robinson
  • Kimberly Rothman
  • Helen Saunders
  • Ruth Schapiro
  • Carol Scheele
  • Elizabeth Schermerhorn-Apgar
  • Caitlin Schryver
  • Nancy Schuler
  • Lynnette Scofield
  • Shelley Semmler
  • Diane Shafer
  • Ann Shumate
  • Rachel Siegel
  • Robert Sprole II
  • Pamela Swieringa
  • Carol Travis
  • Jeffrey True and Susan Schattschneider
  • Jerome True
  • Jay and Sandy True
  • Sally True
  • Carol True Palmer
  • Julie Waters
  • Thomas Weiler
  • Ida Wolff
  • Amy and Stephen Yale-Loehr
  • Gene and Jeanne Yarussi
  • Mary Ziegler

The endowment and fund generated grant awards totaling $18,500 in 2016. Grants of an additional $13,945 from donor advised funds make the total for this year’s cycle $32,445

1-To promote educational, economic, social and political equality for women

$3,000 for assisting low income immigrant women when applying for work authorization and citizenship benefits to Catholic Charities

$3,250 for emerging women leaders to access community building workshops building confidence, inspiration, and leadership networks to Natural Leaders Initiative

$3,300 for teen girls to build self-esteem and job skills to GIAC

$1,500 for young women to learn basic carpentry skills for picnic tables for the West Hill community

$1,475 for over 350 women and girls to attend Sister Friends, an annual celebration of diverse women to Multicultural Resource Center

2-To enable women to achieve economic self-sufficiency

$3,500 for women to have short term supportive residential placement to build self-sufficiency to Catholic Charities

$3,500 for economically vulnerable single mothers to engage in peer support improving access to vital services to Southside Community Center

$2,250 for women to address barriers to employment to Women’s Opportunity Center

$1,520 for women gaining employment with transportation barriers to the Child Development Council

3-To ensure that women have necessary healthcare resources

$3,500 for low income women to partially support the expenses of lab test and clinical supplies to the Ithaca Health Alliance

$1,850 for women surviving domestic violence and sexual assault to assist with home safety and emergency communications to the Advocacy Center

$2,000 for women to be trained as diabetes prevention coaches as well as program participant scholarships to the Healthy Planning Council of the Human Services Coalition

$1,800 for low income women in cancer treatment to provide free wigs to the Cancer Resource Center



quote Kurt Vonnegut

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.