History of the Women’s Fund
Established in 1991, the Women’s Fund invests in opportunities and equality to empower the women and children of Lorain County through education, grantmaking, and philanthropy.
Over thirty years ago, a few Lorain County women were concerned by the lack of financial support given to programs specifically designed to meet the needs of women even though women were more likely to suffer from many of society’s injustices, including underemployment, sexual assault, domestic abuse, and single parenting issues.
Many of these same injustices continue today. The Women’s Fund is dedicated to building an endowment that supports women’s and children’s programming, educates the public about the problems facing today’s female and juvenile populations, and drives philanthropic endeavors geared towards solving those obstacles.
in grants awarded to the community.
empowering women since
To invest in opportunities and equality to empower the women and children of Lorain County through education, grantmaking, and philanthropy.
Each year, the Women’s Fund hosts A Time to Shine for SHEroes, an educational and social event that focuses on a rising need within our community while honoring the women who helped shape our lives.
The Women’s Fund supports Lorain County non-profit organizations through a competitive grant program held each August. Funds are awarded to organizations that support social, educational, and artistic projects by, for, and delivered to women and children.
Women’s Fund Grant Program
Application Opens: August 1
Application Deadline: September 1
Board Decision: October
The Women’s Fund is a permanent endowment that encourages endeavors that are developed by or benefit women and children. The Women’s Fund grant program provides funding to non-profit organizations, informal groups of women, or emerging grassroots organizations where 100% of the clients benefiting from the grant funding are women and children.
Women’s Fund Advisory Board
- Brenda Norton, President
- Michelle Barb, Vice President
- Adele Infante, Secretary
- Elizabeth Bosela-Bullock, Treasurer
- Jennifer Cupar
- Katelyn Gonzalez
- Linda Kerekes
- Katie Krueger
- Cynthia McGuire
- Michelle Moore
- Leslie Pavlich
- Melissa Timko, Staff Liaison
During the 2021 Women’s Fund annual SHEro event, a group of 80 Lorain County women explored the issue of Period Poverty: the lack feminine hygiene products for low-income women. One in five women struggle with access to feminine hygiene products each month and one in five American girls misses all or part of the school day due to their periods. Thousands of pads and tampons were collected for Lorain County Genesis House, Safe Harbor.