The Celebrating Women® Breakfast

In 1987, a small group of visionary women from diverse backgrounds joined forces to found The New York Women’s Foundation. Their goal was to identify and fund community organizations in New York City run by and for women whose programs assisted low-income women and girls in need of critical services and economic independence. The next spring, The Foundation held its first Celebrating Women® Breakfast in a crowded church hall where $50,000 was awarded to our first 4 grantee partners.

Honoring Our Community

Our annual Celebrating Women® Breakfast is more than a fundraising event. It is an occasion to bring women from the entirety of The New York Women’s Foundation community together to celebrate. We honor the strength and courage of our grantee partners, who find groundbreaking solutions to seemingly intractable problems. We honor the visionary women who serve as role models, leaders and philanthropists. And last, but certainly not least, we honor our Board, Alumnae and volunteers whose courage and fierce determination sustain and inspire us to keep moving forward.

Our annual awards

Celebrating Women Award: Given to a woman whose significant achievements have influenced the lives of – and provided a role model for – women and girls.

Vision Award: Given to a strategic philanthropist whose contributions are directed towards women and girls.

Century Award: Honors a woman leader whose social activism, strategic philanthropy and work on behalf of low-income women spans many decades

Our latest grantmaking invests over $1M in coalition building, civic engagement, and more.

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