In This Issue

  1. Join us for What She's Made Of 2022
  2. Advocacy Win: New York State 2022-23 Budget Includes Significant Investment in Child Care
  3. Call to Action: Aspiring Leader Pathway
What She's Made of 2022: Sports Edition
We are back in person for 2022 – and with a sports twist! Join us for our annual event, What She’s Made Of, on May 23 at 5 p.m. at Highmark Stadium, including the breathtaking M&T Club.

Connect and mingle over cocktails and hors d’oeurves, followed by a dynamic and inspirational panel of leaders in the sports field. Stay for the after party and engage in great conversations in honor and support of the women and girls in our community.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor, M&T Bank, and our event sponsors – the Buffalo Bills and Delaware North.
Please email to learn about sponsorship opportunities. Stay tuned for our exciting announcement of panelists!
NYS Budget Includes Significant
Funding for Child Care
The final bills of the 2022-23 New York State budget were released in the early hours of Saturday, April 9, 2022. Due to the tireless efforts of a broad-based and inclusive advocacy coalition – including the WNY Women’s Foundation in a leadership role – the final budget includes significant new funds for child care, although not the $5 billion our coalition had pushed for.

This budget will lay a strong foundation for Universal Child Care in New York, if the expansions to NYS child care are rolled out swiftly and with stakeholder input. Some key highlights include:

  • Expanded eligibility for child care subsidies to 300% of the federal poverty level, meaning an eligible family of four earning up to $83,250 ($54,930 for a family of 2) will be eligible for assistance to pay for child care. This increase stands to make tens of thousands of New York families newly eligible for child care assistance.

  • Increasing the market rate, used as a basis for provider reimbursement, from the 69th to the 80th percentile for child care small businesses who serve our most economically disenfranchised families.

  • Investing $343 million to continue stabilization funds for child care providers, with 75% of the funds to be used for “workforce initiatives.” 

  • WNY Women’s Foundation with our WNY elected officials, led by Senator Tim Kennedy, once again secured $2 million for the Erie County facilitated enrollment child care subsidy program. It is anticipated that this program will serve as a bridge to sustained higher eligibility levels this year.
Seeking Aspiring Leaders
We’re continuing to recruit participants for our revamped ALL IN Aspiring Leader Pathway (ALP). The ALP engages aspiring female leaders in order to empower women and illuminate pathways to leadership.
Participants are matched with a mentor who guides them as they develop and complete a customized series of projects and engagements. These experiences provide individuals the tools to take on leadership roles in their communities.
Please help us spread the word! If you, or someone you know, is interested in more information, please reach out to ALL IN coordinator Aster Hathaway (
The WNY Women's Foundation is committed to creating opportunities for women to earn, learn, and lead.

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