Showing posts with label NEW YORK WOMANS FOUNDATION. Show all posts
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Saturday, September 28, 2013



Victoria Sammartino

Chhaya Chhoum

Anne E. Delaney With Holly Block And Ana L. Oliveira

The New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF) and the Circle of Sisters for Social Change celebrated their annual Neighborhood Dinner, honoring outstanding women community leaders in the Bronx recently at the Bronx Municipal Building with a featured performance by Annette A. Aguilar & her Latin Brazilian Jazz Quartet.

The New York Women’s Foundation® presented Mekong Founder & Executive Director Chhaya Chhoum and Voices Unbroken Founder & Executive Director Victoria Sammartino with the Neighborhood Leadership Award, honoring two exemplary women leaders and community activists from the Bronx. D’Mary Beauty Salon Owner Maricelis Zucco, received the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award as a woman entrepreneur and business owner whose presence enriches and demonstrates a commitment to the Bronx community. Bronx Museum of the Arts Executive Director Holly Block was honored with the Special Recognition Award for amplifying the voice of the Bronx community through the arts. Others in attendance included NYWF President & CEO Ana L. Oliveira, NYWF Board of Directors Chair Anne E. Delaney, NYWF Board of Directors Alumna & Neighborhood Dinner Emcee Marjorie A. Cadogan, NYWF Director of Community Philanthropy Madeline Lamour Holder, and Carol A. Robles-Roman, Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

In 1994, The New York Women’s Foundation® inaugurated the Neighborhood Leadership Award. Moving from borough to borough each year, NYWF established the Neighborhood Dinner to award women leaders of both not-for-profits and for-profit businesses who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their community in neighborhood-based work on behalf of women and girls.

Saturday, May 11, 2013


The 26th Annual Celebrating Women Breakfast

Tina Brown

Jean Shafiroff With Karen Klopp

Jennifer Buffett With Rachel Lloyd And Taina Bien-Aime

Karen Reynolds Sharkey With Abigail Disney

Alyse Kenny

Ana L Oliveira And Clarisse Motmefotso

Jennifer Giacobbe

Dawne Marie Grannum

Lori Knight With Karen Palmer

Ana L Oliveira And Rachel Lloyd

Leymah Gbowee And Antoinette E La Belle

Sharon Richardson

The New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF) held its 26th annual Celebrating Women® Breakfast, honoring Rachel Lloyd, Founder and CEO of GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services), Tina Brown, Founder and Editor in Chief of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, and Nobel Peace Laureate and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:30 AM at the New York Marriott Marquis. NYWF honored Rachel Lloyd with the Celebrating Women® Award, which was given in recognition of her significant achievements that have made her a role model for women and girls. Tina Brown was presented with the Vision Award in recognition of her significant philanthropic contributions to women and children, and Leymah Gbowee was honored with the Century Award for her social activism which has had an extraordinary and lasting impact on the lives of many. The event’s co-chairs and Board Members were Anita Channapati, Kwanza R. Butler, and Jennifer Giacobbe.

The breakfast kicked off with a performance from Mariachi Flor de Toloache—New York City’s “only all-female mariachi band”—who roused the crowd before Diana Taylor, Chair of the NYWF Board of Directors, addressed the sold-out audience of some 2,200 attendees. Ms. Taylor was quick to thank the 90 partner organizations seated behind her onstage, before noting that the New York Women’s Foundation has grown to become one of the top three women’s funds in the world.

Jennifer Buffett, a past honoree and President of the NoVo Foundation, whose activism works to end the abuse and exploitation of women and girls, was next on stage to introduce Rachel Lloyd, the recipient of the Celebrating Women Award. Ms. Lloyd, who was instrumental in the passage of New York’s Safe Harbor Act—a law prohibiting the criminal persecution of minors who are victims of commercial sex trafficking. A former victim herself, Lloyd established GEMS, now the nation’s largest organization offering direct services to domestic victims of commercial sex trafficking. Following Ms. Lloyd was Tina Brown, the Founder & Editor In Chief of the Newsweek Daily Beast and Founder of the Women in the World Foundation, who received the Vision Award for her significant philanthropic contributions to women and children around the world.

Betty Terrell-Cruz, a NYWF Founder and Board Alumna, then introduced grantee Yenny Quispe, a young Peruvian-American with a truly inspiring backstory who at an early age became an activist for immigrants’ rights. The second grantee honored, Ruth Moore, a victim of military sexual assault, has fought to help other survivors of military sexual assault secure their veterans benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. President Barack Obama recently signed the Ruth Moore Act of 2013, pledging to continue improving health care for veterans and expanding opportunities for women in combat roles.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012



Ana Oliveira

In response to Hurricane Sandy’s devastating effects on New York City, The New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF) is creating a special $1 million Response and Recovery Fund which will be distributed to current and former grantee partners over the next four years, as needed. Driven by their 25 year commitment to supporting the economic security of women and girls, serving the needs of the most vulnerable communities and remaining responsive to the changing landscape of New York City, NYWF will leverage their incredible network of over 280 grantee partners to support and provide help where it is most needed. The New York Women’s Foundation Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery Fund will provide both immediate and long term financial support to current and former grantee partners so they can restore, enhance and sustain their capacity to work with women and families towards stability and safety in those communities hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, in New York City.

NYWF plans to immediately distribute $250,000 to provide assistance in some of the hardest hit areas, including Broad Channel, Classon Point, City Island, Coney Island, Far Rockaway, the Lower East Side, Red Hook and Staten Island. Beginning in 2013, The Foundation will assess continuing needs and designate $250,000 annually, through 2015, to address the longer term economic security, safety and health needs that may continue to be heightened for these families due to the lingering and extended effects of Hurricane Sandy’s disruption. Many of the women and families NYWF grantee partners serve were already economically insecure and living in unsafe environments, and are now facing additional and often overwhelming economic and emotional barriers as the result of Hurricane Sandy.