Women’s Fund Awards 10 Grants

The Women’s Fund, an Affiliate Fund of the Community Foundation, announced that it awarded $20,800 in grants during a virtual Philanthropy Panel featuring philanthropic leaders released on Monday, November 2. Ten grants were awarded that give support for women and children in Lorain County, especially in these unprecedented times.

“By supporting these organizations, the Women’s Funds ensures women and children in Lorain County have pathways to grow and reach their full potential,” said Brenda Norton, President of the Women’s Fund.  “Through our grant program, we are actively working to change inequities in funding and ensuring those pathways are accessible and remain open now and forever.”

Women’s Fund Grant Recipients for 2020:

OrganizationProject or Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain CountyVirtual Leadership Mentoring Series
Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain CountyClubSmart Learning Centers
Camp !magineVocational Training
Camp IDEASSummer Camp 2021
Cleveland Play HouseCARE Residency for Lorain City Schools
Lorain County Free ClinicWomen’s Health
Lorain County Safe Harbor Genesis HouseGeneral Operating
Neighborhood AllianceChild Enrichment Services Copay Assistance
Second Harvest Food BankPre-teen Hygiene Kits
Youth ChallengeAdapted Programs for Children with Disabilities

The Philanthropy Panel discussed the “ripple effect” nonprofit organizations have on our community.  The panel showcased powerful female leadership from our nonprofit sector including Cynthia Andrews, CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, Cecelia Render, CEO of Nordson Corporation Foundation, and Deborah Thomas, CEO of Philanthropy Ohio, as they shared their successes, motivations, and experiences during this unprecedented time. The discussion was led by Brittany Lovett, Communications Officer for the Community Foundation.

The Women’s Fund was established as a permanent endowment to expand chances and choices for Lorain County women and children through financial and funding equity for projects that may not receive monies from traditional sources of funding.  It supports social, educational, and artistic projects by, for, and delivered to women and children to encourage the full participation of women and children in the community.  Since its inception in 1991, the Women’s Fund has invested over $220K in community grants for women and children in Lorain County.