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The Community Foundation of Lorain County is dedicated to enriching the lives of those living and working in Lorain County, Ohio.

Women's Fund

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PURPOSE: A volunteer Advisory Board encourages giving to establish new and grow existing endowment funds to support annual grants and scholarships that fulfill the mission.

MISSION: To expand chances and choices for Lorain County women and children. To initiate financial and funding equity for women and children. To award grants for projects that may not receive monies from traditional sources of funding. To support social, educational, and artistic projects by, for, and delivered to women and children. To encourage the full participation of women and children in our community.

VISION STATEMENT: The Women’s Fund forges relationships with people who care enough about women and children in Lorain County to build an endowment that makes a significant impact.

NOTE:  The grant application for the Women's Fund is now online!  Click on the Grant Application and Reporting Tab below for more information.



In 1991, a few women were very concerned by the average sums spent for projects designed specifically to meet the needs of women and girls. In spite of the fact that women and girls were most likely to suffer from many of society's ills (e.g. underemployment, lack of education, domestic abuse, sexual assault, absence of health insurance, single parenting issues), only 3.4% of national funding was directed toward programs for them. The Lorain County women were determined that they would create a much better situation for the women and girls in this area. They pooled their resources and established the Women’s Fund.  In 2017 their mission was expanded to include all children.

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. Also, by providing money for projects for and by women and children, the Women’s Fund will change the inequities in funding provided by other agencies.

The entire community then benefits when you help the children, mothers, aunts, nieces, friends, and neighbors throughout Lorain County to grow and reach their full potential.

The Women’s Fund relies on gifts from generous individuals and organizations to continue making grants in our community. Be the candle that lights the way of Lorain County’s women and children by making a gift to the Women’s Fund.

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Susan Poole
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We support innovative programs and act as a catalyst in identifying problems and sharing information with individuals, other foundations, and corporations.

We believe strategy, creativity, and adaptability are keys to thriving in a constantly changing world.

We believe access to the CFLC should be fair, inclusive, and equitable.

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

We value community, which we define as putting self aside for the betterment of the whole.

We exercise and promote leadership in meeting the changing needs and opportunities in the community.

We work to mobilize individuals to become active partners in building a better community.

Through our efforts, the Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life and to instill a greater sense of unity in Lorain County.

We value integrity, which we define as always doing the right thing.

We value excellence, which we define as providing the best service to all.

We provide a permanent instrument for receiving and managing charitable gifts and bequests.

We believe the perpetuity of our efforts are linked to sustainable practices.

We believe integrity is our greatest asset and value trust earned with fiscal responsibility, ethical stewardship, and transparency