The Women's Fund

The Women's Fund

The Women's Fund LogoThe Wayne County Community Foundation established The Women's Fund in 2013 with the help of a $100,000 challenge grant from The J.M. Smucker Company.

The Women's Fund positively impacts the lives of women and children in Wayne County, Ohio by directing resources to organizations that support the education of women and empower change and self-sufficiency.

Despite dramatic advancements by women in recent decades, women are still far more likely than men to be homeless, live in poverty, be unemployed or under-employed, face violence, or suffer from inadequate housing and healthcare. More women than men are single parents, responsible for the care and protection of their children.

Aware that just 7% of all philanthropic dollars raised in the nation are earmarked for programs for women and girls, the Fund was created to focus on projects and programs that create opportunities for educational advancement, economic empowerment, and enhancement of the quality of life for women and children throughout Wayne County, Ohio.

The Foundation met The J.M. Smucker Company challenge and raised an additional $200,000 by June 2016. Going forward, the permanently endowed fund will provide more than $10,000 each year to support women in Wayne County, and grants will continue to increase as the endowment continues to grow. As a permanent endowment, The Women's Fund will be able to meet community needs far into the future.

Her Side Woman's Magazine Cover Jan 2015Overseen by an Advisory Committee, the Women's Fund is operated by women, for women. Members of the committee invite and review grant proposals, work with service agencies, and recommend grants through the Wayne County Community Foundation each year.

Individuals and businesses can donate to The Women's Fund through the Wayne County Community Foundation. For more information about the Women's Fund call 330-262-3877.

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The children of Norma Jean Rhode and Kenneth George Charles Rhode established a permanent endowment fund to honor their parents’ enthusiasm for life and emphasis on education.

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