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Who We Are

The Women’s Fund of The Capital Region is a component fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Our programs and grants serve women and girls in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie counties.

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Our Vision Statement

Our vision is a community where all women are empowered through education to be self-sufficient and fulfill their potential.

Our Mission Statement

We provide funding and support to financially-insecure and nontraditional female students in the Greater Capital Region. We do this by:

  • Awarding scholarships and emergency funds, and
  • Partnering with local organizations

Our Values Statement

The Women’s Fund is guided by these values:

  • Collaboration
  • Compassion
  • Commitment
  • Inclusivity
  • Respect

How the Women’s Fund Works

In the fall of 2010, in a continued effort to achieve the greatest impact for women in our community, the Women's Fund committed to a new sharply focused education initiative, to help motivated but struggling adults achieve their degree goals. Committed to career advancement through higher education, they still face obstacles to degree completion as they juggle home, work and school.

Photo of some 2017 scholarship recipients

Prior to 2010, by investing and working together through the Women’s Fund, we made a difference in the lives of women and girls in our region. Women often face discrimination, domestic violence, difficulty finding high quality child care and inadequate employment training. Initially the Women’s Fund supported projects that help overcome these obstacles.

Our Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee is a group of women who are community leaders and philanthropists. Each brings a commitment to creating opportunities for women and girls in the greater Capital Region.

Photo of some Steering and Event Committee members March 2017
Some Steering and Event Committee members

Paula S. Marshman, Co-chair, NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Tricia Tauss, Co-chair, GE Corporate
Megan Allen, Capital Region BOCES
Pattie Beeler, Entrepreneur
Amy Clinton, Healthcare Specialist, IPRO
Heather Senecal, Center for International Development, Rockefeller College

Founding 500 Members

Please join the proud group of people who are the founding force behind the Women's Fund of the Capital Region: the Founding 500! Each member of the Founding 500 contributes $500 or more to support the work of the Women's Fund.