Girls and women of the Rochester region are disproportionately affected by poverty. 78% of female heads of households with children under 18 are living below the Self-Sufficiency Standard in the city of Rochester.
The Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley's mission is to help women and girls achieve economic self-sufficiency through grant making, education, and advocacy. We are a 501(c)(3) organization serving the more than 1 million people living in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, and Yates counties. We award grants to programs making a real difference in the lives of women and in the future of girls.
In addition to our grant making, the Women's Foundation also facilitates free community programs known as The Girls’ Initiative. Created in 1997, The Girls' Initiative is part of a network of community organizations, whose goals are to provide good women role models and break the cycle of poverty for girls. The program consists of the following three elements for middle and high school age girls: After School Literacy Program, Voices of Experience, and Girls' Grant Making Committee.
Help women and girls in our community become financially independent and reach their full potential. Together, we can Lift Your Sister!
Lift Your Sister is our call to action. It's our mantra. It's a movement. When we lift women, there is no limit to what we can accomplish. Support the efforts of the Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley, and you champion the efforts of women and girls in our community. To raise themselves up. To reach their full potential. To make our community a better place for all. Imagine that.