Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley, Inc.

Lift Your Sister

aka Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley   |   Rochester, NY   |  www.womensfoundation.org

Mission

To promote economic self-sufficiency for women and girls through grantmaking, education, and advocacy. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $1.8M to programs that have proven successful in helping women and girls achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Maranne McDade Clay

Main address

494 East Ave

Rochester, NY 14607 USA

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EIN

16-1456794

NTEE code info

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (R12)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Foundation Grant Making

Based on the results of our research report, Improving Economic Self-Sufficiency, we are specifically interested in funding programs that help support women’s progress towards economic self-sufficiency. Our goal is to fund programs assessed to have the highest likelihood of having a direct positive impact on the economic status of women. Economic self-sufficiency is defined in terms of income adequacy; that is, the level of income necessary to meet basic needs. Our 2019 funding priorities are: to promote sustained economic self-sufficiency of women and to assist women and girls in moving toward achieving economic self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served

The Girls’ Initiative is three-pronged, and was created in 1997 to be part of a network of community organizations, whose goals are to provide female role models for girls in our region and to break the overbearing cycle of poverty for girls. Positive role models for children are critical to their motivation and development. Providing girls opportunities to learn about, and choose, strong role models to emulate can be remarkably influential during a young girl’s formative years.

Girls’ Grant-Making Committee: The goal of this program is to educate girls about community issues and philanthropy. Board members and community volunteers mentor a group of about 35 teenage girls (ages 14-18 years) that meet in the summer to review grant proposals from programs serving girls and decide, together, where $10,000 in grant awards will have the greatest impact.

Literacy Program: This program is designed to extend and deepen learning opportunities for girls across the Women’s Foundation’s program offerings. In 2019, the program was implemented in 28 different schools, serving over 650 girls. The program utilizes a selected book title and engages teachers and mentors to work with girls in small groups to help improve their reading skills, and to foster social emotional learning, skills identified by the Institute of Education Sciences and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, as producing “statistically significant effects” upon developing children, resulting in increased self-awareness, reduced bullying, better decision-making, and reduced rates of conflict.

Voices of Experience features accomplished women role models from diverse backgrounds sharing how they overcame challenges to achieve their goals. The program focuses on "life education” needs for girls age 12 to 18 and to model successful lifestyles and decision-making skills through a panel presentation. Since 1997 more than 5,000 girls and women have attended this event. Participation in Voices has grown from 186 to almost 400 and some of the most impressive Voices are shared by the girls themselves shared in their evaluations.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Women and girls

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The high rate of single women in poverty has been, inarguably, a long-term, gender-based, discriminatory practice. But, higher unemployment rates and lower wages for women of color, as well as the persistently high numbers of women of color, and their children, in poverty, and served by the Women's Foundation, demand a focus that incorporates an anti-racism lens. In July 2020, the Board of Directors approved a revised job description outlining a commitment to the ”pursuit of racial equity in all aspects of the Foundation’s work (including its governance, decision-making, and policies and practices) and an organization-wide culture that embraces the multiple layers of diversity and includes all voices”.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/07/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/7/2021

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