The Fund for Women (FFW) is a local non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers, that provides grants to women and girls in Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, and Yates counties.
“We try to advance women and girls in our community, help them achieve economic self-sufficiency, and realize their life goals,” said Amanda Chafee, President of the Board for FFW.
The annual grant cycle was recently completed, and the announcements of the selected recipients will be made soon.
The organization held its 8th annual fundraiser, “Inspire,” on June 11 at the Corning Museum of Glass. 435 guests, both women and men, attended the event, the largest dinner CMoG has ever served.
“The other half of giving away money, is we have to raise money,” said Christine Sharkey, a FFW board member and chair of the Inspire Planning Committee.
Dr. Meg Lowman, an Elmira native and one of the world’s leading forest canopy researchers, was this year’s keynote speaker.
“We try to bring in speakers that have different messages,” said Sharkey.
In years past, the speakers have ranged from a Navy fighter pilot and a state senator, to a supermodel.
Dr. Lowman spoke about climate change and its impact on our environment, and also offered advice on how we, as individuals can help, in terms of the products we buy and sell, for example.
“[Dr. Lowman] just gave an incredible talk, not only about preserving our forests, but also how that has a particular impact on women,” said Sharkey. “We like people walking away feeling good about the message they’ve heard and also learning more about the Fund for Women.”
FFW is now looking forward to taking part in Ferrario White Hat Community Day. on June 22.