1. How does The Women’s Fund of the Capital Region support women?
2. Why are the organizations merging?
- The women served by each organization will benefit from additional support — WERC women will be able to apply for scholarships and The Women’s Fund scholarship recipients will be able to access WERC's job-seeking resources.
- Working together will create efficiencies that enable a larger impact, increasing not only the number of women served, but the number of women entering the workforce AND the educational system. This will positively impact more lives and benefit the entire community.
- Together WERC will have stronger leadership by adding The Women’s Fund Steering Committee members to WERC's Board.
- Partnering will ensure long-term sustainability and growth of The Women’s Fund, a critical support for women in our region.
3. What will the merged organization be called?
The organization name will remain Capital District Women's Employment & Resource Center (WERC). The Women's Fund will transition into a program of WERC, retaining its identity and activities.
4. Will WERC and The Women’s Fund’s previous activities continue?
Yes, WERC will continue its more than 30-year focus on workforce development and job seeking skills, and The Women’s Fund will continue its focus on scholarships and emergency funds. Previous events held by WERC and The Women’s Fund will continue.
5. What does this mean for me, as a volunteer / sponsor / donor?
- For volunteers, this means another way to get involved in helping women of the Capital Region, as volunteers are sought for The Women’s Fund Program Committee. Members will help plan The Women’s Fund’s Trailblazers Awards Luncheon, assist with scholarship administration and more.
- For sponsors and donors, this merger means the support of WERC will benefit women in a new way through scholarships. Recognition of support will also reach a larger audience of volunteers and event attendees.
Read more about The Women's Fund of the Capital Region here.