Women Are Building Community: New News & A Bold Future

Annual Meeting of City Federation of Women's Organizations

Announcement of More Resources and Opportunities

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The City Federation of Women's Organizations (CFWO) hosted the community at its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 15, entitled "Women Are Building Community: New News & A Bold Future". The gathering in the Tompkins County Public Library BorgWarner Room celebrated the fifth anniversary of CFWO's Women Building Community (WBC) Grants and included announcement of its future plans to make more resources and opportunities available.

 President Diane Shafer remarked: “It has been an amazing first five years.  The City Federation of Women’s Organizations has some new and exciting plans for the future to help serve the community better and address the issues facing women and girls.” CFWO’s purpose is to act as a catalyst for the improvement of the lives of all women and girls in Tompkins County, thus making a contribution to the community as a whole.  In its first five annual cycles, CFWO awarded 52 grants totaling $134,245 to 29 different organizations. 

Since last May CFWO made 12 WBC Grants in various amounts under $5,000 to 11 different organizations, and a WBC Innovation Grant of $10,000 to Mama’s Comfort Camp. These grants totaled $31,690.  However, the requests totaled over $125,185.  Shafer expressed, “What we know is that there are wonderful organizations in this community working hard to improve the lives of women and girls.  What we learned is that there is never enough money to meet all these needs.”  

“We will be allocating twice as much next year because we’ve seen the impact WBC Grants can have, and because CFWO will now be operating as a private foundation,” announced Shafer. 

Guidelines and applications are now updated at this website's "Grants Available" section for the continuing fall cycle of WBC up to $5000 Grants and the WBC Innovation Grant.  Next year a winter deadline for Innovation Grants will be added. 

A new type of grant becomes available this June. WBC Unexpected Needs Grants up to $1000 is a rolling-application opportunity to help not-for-profits fund unexpected needs or emergencies. 

In addition, CFWO will be working with Tompkins Cortland Community College to establish an endowed scholarship for women students to use for tuition and fees and/or for childcare.  The CFWO Legacy Scholarship will honor the CFWO founding organizations and individuals.

CFWO’s Annual Meeting also included election of new officers:  M. Elizabeth Colucci, president; Cora Yao, vice president; Susan Schattschneider, treasurer; Kathleen Yen, recording secretary and Diane Shafer, corresponding secretary. Three board members were thanked for their service as their terms concluded: Betty Falcao, Sally Grubb and Mary Grainger. Four new board members were welcomed: Ruth Hopkins, Alene Wyatt, Ellen Hartman and Jennifer Kozlowski.

New Unexpected Needs Grants

 (up to $1000)

Rolling Application Process  

 $60,000 Anticipated for 2018-19 WBC Grants


 Next Cycle Due Sept. 21

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