The Women's Fund is an endowment fund that is invested prudently and provides grants to help women and their families lift themselves to a better standard of living. The fund is part of a growing movement nationwide, which allows women to fulfill their unique motivations to give back to their communities. Our Women's Fund focuses specifically on making a positive impact in center Pennsylvania: Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Lebanon and Perry Counties.
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Virtual Tea Party Memorial or Honorary Gifts Memorial Gifts
The Power of the Purse: Women's Ability to Drive Philanthropy
Save the Date: October 9, 2013
5:30pm - 7:30pm | Dixon University Center
Join us for an evening to discuss the role women play in philanthropy.
Grant Deadline for 2013: October 11, 2013
Please click here for more information on How to Apply.
Grant guidelines and application materials are made available approximately 8 weeks prior to the application deadline.
2012 Women’s Fund Grantees
Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area - $2,250.00
Project: Rental Assistance / Case Management Services
Funding to support the rental assistance and case management services provided by Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area. The program uses a three-way partnership model to bring together professional staff, homeless or at-risk single women and their children, and trained church-based mentoring group. Staff assists in goal planning; teaches budgeting and life skills; provides support services for families; trains and supports mentors; and provides rental assistance through the organization. The role of the mentoring group is to build friendship and provide emotional support; provides practical assistance; models positive parenting; and nurtures spiritual growth. The Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area program provides rental assistance and professional case management, which allows single women to move directly into their own permanent housing and for the development of a plan for long-term financial stability and success through employment.
Carlisle CARES - $2,250.00
Project: Emergency Family Shelter and Services
Funding to help to defray the costs of family services that CARES provides. Daily-usage items allows each family member to practice and maintain healthy practices, presenting himself or herself showered and laundered to each daily activity, whether that be job searching, appointments, or school. The grant money received, in concert with other grant funds and donations, will help off-set the daily cost of maintaining homeless families until they obtain transitional or permanent housing.
Diocese Of Harrisburg - $1,000.00
Project: Lourdeshouse Maternity Home program
Funding to support the Lourdeshouse Maternity Home, which offers housing and other vital services to homeless pregnant women and their infants throughout south central Pennsylvania. In addition to food and shelter, the services offered through the Lourdeshouse Maternity Home program include childbirth and parenting education, counseling, adoption, medical care, transportation, education, job training, and aftercare planning in a safe and stable environment. Additionally, Lourdeshouse operates a community pantry that provides food, diapers, formula, clothing, and furniture to its residents. This service is also available to struggling mothers in the community. The women staying at the Maternity Home work with dedicated program staff for up to 30 hours per week to complete a family wellness plan, to learn how to care for themselves and their infants, and to develop goals focused on parenting skills, infant development, and self-sufficiency. The women also receive comprehensive case management and life skills training from Lourdeshouse’s established partners in the community. The program connects expectant mothers with other agencies to find permanent housing, stable employment, educational opportunities, and accessible childcare. As women near graduation from the program, most are employed, have arranged childcare, and have found permanent places to live.
Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties - $2,000.00
Project: Emergency Shelter
Funding to support the Emergency Shelter program, the only emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in the two county area, and the only program offering a complete list of comprehensive services. The emergency shelter program provides for a 30 day stay in a six month period for adult victims of domestic violence and their dependent children. There is no other source of safe emergency housing with counseling and ancillary services offered in Cumberland and Perry counties. Educational programs, support groups, job seeking skills, and parenting education are offered to all program participants.
Shalom House - $1,500.00
Project: Pathway to Prosperity
Funding for emergency shelter services for women and children; offering a bed, food, and support services, including mentoring through the Prosperity Center, a collaborative with the United Way to provide financial literacy to clients (understanding money, budgeting, disciplined choices, and more). The Shalom House service model emphasizes one-to-one case management to identify the circumstances and needs of each woman coming to the shelter. Community resources are tapped for health, financial, employment, legal and other assistance to create stability as the woman moves on. A resident moves to appropriate housing when income stream and housing availability converse as manageable. The Shalom House model is built upon the premise of self-empowerment through responsibility, moving women as quickly as possible to housing in the community and avoiding the creation of dependency upon the shelter.
Women In Need Inc - $3,000.00
Project: Moving Forward: Financial Empowerment
Funding to support a new financial empowerment program for women who are victims of domestic violence. Women thinking of leaving domestic violence relationships often do not leave or eventually return due to the inability to support themselves and/or their family. In difficult economic times it has become even more vital for women in domestic violence relationships to be informed about issues related to financial stability. The Financial Empowerment Curriculum from the Allstate Foundation will be used to help each individual move towards financial independence by working through five modules. This curriculum will help participants to understand the basics of banking, the importance of their credit score and how this impacts future decisions including housing and encourage them to open a checking and/or savings account.