Affiliate Funds

Women’s Fund

Investing in opportunity and equality to empower the women and children of Lorain County through education, grantmaking, and philanthropy.

Affiliate Funds:

Our History

In 1991, a few Lorain County women were concerned by the lack of money spent on programs specifically designed to meet the needs of women even though women and girls were most likely to suffer from many of society’s ills (e.g., underemployment, lack of education, domestic abuse, sexual assault, single parenting issues). At the time, only 3.4% of national funding was directed toward programs for them.

These women were determined to create a better situation for women and girls in this area. They pooled their resources and established the Women’s Fund. The Women’s Fund is a permanent endowment that encourages and supports both non-traditional and mainstream endeavors that are developed by or particularly benefit women and children. In 2017, the Women’s Fund expanded its mission to include all children.


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Women’s Fund Grant Program

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



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