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Save the Date for Women in Philanthropy’s Spring Quarterly Meeting!

  Women in Philanthropy’s Spring Quarterly Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2023, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Century Club in Scranton. More information will be announced soon.


Johnson College hosted STEM event, made possible through Women in Philanthropy!

  To coincide with International Women’s Day, on March 8, Johnson College hosted Girls on Fire, a unique one-day STEM event for 6-9th grade students in Lackawanna County to learn about career opportunities in non-traditional STEM fields. Johnson College had been awarded a $5,000 grant from Women in Philanthropy to make this event possible.
The event included tours of the Johnson College campus, presentations on various STEM-related programs, lunch, and hands-on activities in 3D printing and carpentry. Over 80 students from Scranton, Valley View, and Carbondale school districts attended.
Thanks to your generous support, this event was made possible!  
International Women’s Day, which takes place annually on March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. Thanks to your generous and continuous support, Women in Philanthropy is truly empowering and transforming the lives of women, girls, and their families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Laura Ducceschi receives ATHENA Award during International Women’s Day Luncheon

  Scranton Area Community Foundation’s President and CEO, Laura Ducceschi, was presented with the 2023 ATHENA Leadership Award during the International Women’s Day Luncheon on Wednesday, March 8, at Marywood University hosted by the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
The ATHENA Leadership Award, sponsored locally by Michael A. Barbetti LLC Certified Public Accountants, honors an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way, and has assisted women in their attainment of professional goals, and leadership skills.
Pictured here (l-r): Kenneth Okprepkie, Scranton Area Community Foundation Board of Governor, Nora Kern, Scranton Area Community Foundation Executive Assistant to the President and CEO; Dana Hunter, Administration Manager; Ellen Burkey, Scranton Area Community Foundation Board Vice Chair and WIP Supporter; Katie Gilmartin, Scranton Area Community Foundation Board Secretary; Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO; Dr. Lia Palmiter, Scranton Area Community Foundation Board of Governor; Brittany Pagnotti, Scranton Area Community Foundation Communications Manager; Dr. Patricia Fox, Scranton Area Community Foundation Board of Governor; Bella Ceccoli, Scranton Area Community Foundation Administrative Assistant; Dave Price, Scranton Area Community Foundation Board Treasurer.

“A focus on equity forms the core of the work of Women in Philanthropy, a collective model where women give their time, talent, and treasure to create transformative opportunities for women. Women in Philanthropy is founded on the evidence-based concept that women choose to give differently and often wish to have a level of engagement with their giving. It’s based on the fact that, on average, for every dollar a woman earns, she invests 80 cents in her family. It’s based on a model that works,” Ducceschi said. Because of the generous and continuous support of Women in Philanthropy’s supporters, Women in Philanthropy is truly empowering and transforming the lives of women, girls, and their families in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Women in Philanthropy would like to congratulate Laura on her selection as the ATHENA Leadership Award recipient! Thanks for all you do for Women in Philanthropy and the communities we serve, Laura.
To date, Women in Philanthropy has provided:
  • Over $100,000 to local nonprofit organizations helping women, girls, and their families!
  • $25,000 in full “STEAM Stars” Scholarships to the nationally recognized Level Up Program!
  • Loan capital and training support to help launch nearly 15 women-owned businesses in NEPA!
  • $300,000 has been matched to 125 graduates in the Financial Confidence program!
  • Improved transportation access to health services!
  • Educational resources to advance voter education and promote voter registration!
  • And much, much more!
These achievements are made possible ONLY because of your support!


Now accepting grant applications!

  Thanks to your generosity, Women in Philanthropy is now accepting grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for its 2023 grant cycle. Grant requests for 2023 must cover projects in one or more of the following focus areas:  
  • Civic Engagement & Advocacy
  • Financial Education
  • Housing
  • Childcare
  • Mental Health
  • STEAM Education
    Applications will be accepted until March 17, 2023, at 5:00 PM. Applications will then be reviewed by a committee. Finalists will have the opportunity to present at the WIP Quarterly Meeting on April 20. Final grant decisions are made via a vote conducted by Women in Philanthropy supporters. The maximum grant award will be $10,000; the average grant award will be $5,000.
Learn more here…
All grant applications MUST be received through the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s online grant portal.   These grants will provide support to organizations that are working on innovative projects or programs in the identified focus areas that work to transform the lives of women or girls across the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. These grants are made possible only because of the generous support of Women in Philanthropy supporters. Thank you!