About the CauseCreated in 2004, the Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation seeks to make a significant difference in the lives of individual women and the work of organizations in our community. There have always been local women who were philanthropists. They brought food to the needy, nursed the sick, and contributed funds to those causes close to home. Groups like the Ladies Benevolent Society provided a safe place to live for elderly women, which has evolved into McGraw House. Working together, women founded the Children’s Home, a refuge for youngsters in need, and helped create such institutions as the Reconstruction Home, Women’s Opportunity Center, The Cancer Resource Center, and many others.
The Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund aims to continue this important tradition through the establishment of the Women’s Fund Endowment. This campaign, Women, Weaving A Difference,continues to raise support in order to:
- Promote educational, economic, social, and political equality for women
- Enable women to achieve economic self-sufficiency
- Ensure that women have the necessary resources for healthcare
- Honor local women who have made our community a better place in which to live