Our mission is to create a culture of possibility so each woman can live, grow, and lead to her fullest potential.


How We Do Our Work

We Lead Community Progress

We Advocate for Social Change

We Convene Influential Partners

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We Research & Educate

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We Invest in Single Mothers

SINCE 1999

Our History

In 1999, the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo recognized that there was not enough funding or focus on the unique needs of women and girls in our region. Together, with a group of diverse women, they created the WNY Women’s Fund. They defined a shared vision by establishing a modest endowment fund to support programs specifically geared towards women and girls.

An expansive group of leaders and supporters worked tirelessly to grow the WNY Women’s Fund into a self-sustaining, independent organization. Nearly two decades later the WNY Women’s Foundation is a separate 501(c)3, nonprofit organization continually expanding efforts to make Western New York a great place for women and girls to live, work, and grow.

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Who Are We Now?

Today, the Foundation creates a culture of possibility for women of all ages through advocacy, investments, and strategic initiatives. We strive for short- and long-term impact within each of our strategic focus areas:

  • Affordable, accessible, and quality childcare
  • Family-sustaining jobs for women
  • Policies and programs that support working women
  • Equal representation for women in leadership positions.