Since 2005, Women United in Philanthropy has partnered with local organizations dedicated to serving women in Bergen County. As one of the largest private philanthropists in New Jersey, our grant dollars have helped women of all ages secure employment, gain access to educational opportunities, seek counseling for domestic violence and sexual abuse, find affordable housing and obtain senior citizen care. We remain informed of the needs of women in our community and are committed to helping provide concrete, lasting solutions to keep women on their feet.
2018 Children’s Aid and Family Services, Paramus
Children’s Aid and Family Services was voted the recipient of our $65,000 grant to recruit, train and support a peer group for women who have loved ones suffering from addiction.
2017 Bergen Family Center, Hackensack/Englewood
$65,000 was awarded to “Project Speak Up,” a program designed to provide evidence-based education and training to teachers, students, administrators and the community at-large to help eradicate sexual violence against women and girls.
2016 MS Center at Holy Name Medical Center
$75,000 was granted to the “Keeping Women with MS in the Workplace” program to help women in Bergen County who are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis retain their jobs.
2015 YWCA Bergen County, Ridgewood
$75,000 has been awarded to the “Moving Forward” program to support women in Bergen County in their job searches.
2014 Bergen Family Center, Hackensack/Englewood
$75,000 trained women ages 16-30 for nontraditional careers in the building trades.
2013 Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters), Hackensack
$80,000 established a multicultural outreach program for victims of domestic violence as a gateway to services for women who have traditionally not utilized them.
2012 Bergen County’s YWCA, Rape Crisis Center, Hackensack/Ridgewood
$100,000 established an individual counseling program, facilitated by a licensed therapist, to help women and girls (over 13 years of age) heal from sexual abuse.
2011 Christ Church Community Development Corporation, Hackensack
$80,000 piloted a gender-specific program for women in emergency shelter to help them overcome the traumas commonly experienced by homeless women and move successfully to a permanent home.
2010 Women’s Rights Information Center, Englewood
$70,000 created a transition and training program for local servicewomen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, offering remedial pre-college education, career services and family legal assistance.
2009 Zoe’s Cupcake Cafe, Teaneck
$100,000 launched Zoe’s Cupcake Cafe in Teaneck, a revenue-generating bakery business and training program for teen moms needing job training, skills and experience to earn a living wage and care for their babies.
2008 55 Kip Center, Rutherford
$65,000 started Caring for You/Caring for Me, a program for older women who have no one to care for them, teaching them how to navigate life alone through weekly classes and online support groups, and with the help of an onsite medical team and in-home volunteers.
2007 Family Promise of Bergen County (formerly InterReligious Fellowship for the Homeless), Teaneck
$50,000 opened a new transitional house for single mothers and provided financial workshops, educational scholarships, computer training and after-school care for women and children living in family shelters.