Women make a difference in philanthropy

Over two hundred women came together May 16th, 2017, and donated $100.00 each to the Otsego County Community Foundation. That night, $20,000 was raised to impact local non-profit efforts! These compassionate, generous women listened to three organization tell their stories that night. The stories were full of hope, joy, and the struggles of others. Following the presentations, members voted for the organization they felt was most deserving of the grand prize: $6,000 was awarded to Community Mediation Services, $3,000 to Toys for Tots, and $1,000 to Alpine Regional Tennis Association. The other half of the monies went into the Community Fund to support the needs of tomorrow.

Since that night almost a year ago, Jim and Beth received mediation services for no charge, Emily and Joe had educational toys and books under their Christmas tree, and Cindy and Ben will be able to get healthy playing tennis.

“To have the opportunity to share information about our service of mediation to women in our county that were in attendance was an impactful moment. We don’t want to be a secret, as Dana says we are. Mediation is a good tool to have in reserve. If you know who we are and what we do, when you need us you will be able to find us. The $6,000 award is huge to Community Mediation Services. We were able to offset administrative fees for clients that may need assistance paying for the service.  Mediation will never be denied to anyone regardless of their ability to pay.” noted Judi Doan of Community Mediation Services.

“Toys for Tots’ mission is to give hope and joy at Christmas. When we received the $3,000 grant, we were able to shop Tools to Teach for educational games and toys and Saturn Booksellers for books that put smiles on children’s faces.” stated Rosie Warner. The grant monies had a ripple effect on the community. Local businesses were used to purchase items, volunteers felt the ‘Reason for the Season’ while shopping and filling baskets, and families were able to have a wondrous holiday.


Alpine Regional Tennis Association (ARTA) was able to purchase items for the Tennis Center courts that will open in the Spring of 2018. The new Tennis Center offers a healthy, low cost physical outlet for all ages and will draw visitors to our area for tournaments and exhibitions that will enhance local economy. 

Curious how you can make a difference in philanthropy that will only take one hour of your time but can make a HUGE impact in the community you love? You can join 100+ Women Who Care! To learn more about this event, please click here.