The Women’s Fund of The Capital Region is a program of the Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC). Our programs and grants serve women and girls in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie counties.

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

The Women’s Fund raises monies through our signature Trailblazer Awards Luncheon, appeal campaigns and other events. We provide grants to support scholarships and emergency funds for motivated but struggling women students to 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.

Prior to 2010, we made a difference in the lives of women and girls in our region through grants to non-profit organizations that provided services and support to women and girls. Women often face discrimination, domestic violence, difficulty finding high quality child care and inadequate employment training. From 2007 to 2010, the Women’s Fund supported projects that help overcome these obstacles.