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:

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.

$227K

in grants awarded to the community.

1991

empowering women since

Our Mission: To invest in opportunities and equality that empower the women and children of Lorain County through education, grantmaking, and philanthropy.

Change the Cycle

In 2021, our SHEro event focused on Period Poverty, the lack of affordable feminine hygiene products for women and teens. Change the Cycle is a team of women who will work to find affordable feminine hygiene supplies for the women who need it most.

Learn About Change the Cycle

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

 

161

grants awarded