Onward and Upward – Grants, donations helped Girls Inc. serve more local girls in 2014

Fozia Murphy (second from right) and Yuvette Wayman (not pictured) of GE’s Women’s Network coordinated a collection among members in October and delivered school supplies to Girls Inc. (Above) Girls Inc. members and staff help carry in from the parking lot the abundance of donated supplies. Girls Inc. is greatly appreciative of the many individuals and groups in the Capital Region that chose to support our mission in 2014 with financial and in-kind donations. We are also grateful to the many foundations and corporate partners that awarded grants to help us serve growing numbers of girls.

The Wright Family Foundation/SI Group awarded Girls Inc. $60,000 for the purchase of a replacement van and renovations to the Schenectady center’s garage. Another community partner in Schenectady, Mohawk Honda, assisted with the location, purchase, and delivery of the van, and added to its doors the prominently displayed Girls Inc. logo. 

Schenectady Foundation very generously awarded a $50,000 grant to Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region for capital improvements. From the Ground Up: Inspiring Girls, Strengthening Families is a three-year strategic, prioritized plan to address a number of interior and exterior issues and enable more effective and efficient center operations. 

Carlilian Foundation generously awarded a $15,000 grant to support the initial phase of this capital improvement project. Turner Construction will repair the building entrance and vestibule, and replace and relocate the ADA ramp for safer access by members, families, and the community. 

New York Newspapers Foundation awarded $3,500 for a much-needed new server. This will enhance how information is accessed and used across all programs. For the second consecutive year, Review Foundation awarded a $3,000 grant to implement the media literacy program, Girls Get the Message, where girls study different types of media, slogans and logos, merchandising, target marketing, and stereotypes in media.