The History

The 100 Women Giving Circle started in 2013 as a celebration of the YW’s 100th birthday where the YWCA Giving Committee asked 100 women to give $1,000.00 to support the vital programs providing services to over 3,000 families per year. The response was remarkable with 68 women and a few good men who enthusiastically participated. In celebration, a fully sponsored event was planned to thank donors. Donors started to share how much they enjoyed giving at this level and how proud they were to be a part of such an elite group who really secured the foundation for the YW. The following year the 100 Women Giving Circle became part of the Annual Campaign so that donors would not be asked to make two gifts to the YW.


This exclusive group of women and an increasing number of men, believe the YW is an invaluable resource to our community. The funds raised support the five core mission driven programs including Bridges for Kids, Model Moms, Childcare, Health and Fitness and Aid to Victims of Violence. This elite group of donors secure the foundation for the YW, supporting the programs of which face constant threats with increased minimum wages, operating expenses and unexpected facility costs. The annual celebratory event is typically scheduled for mid to late June and the location varies each year to keep the event exciting and to support the many local businesses who support the incredible work of the YW. If you would like more information about the Giving Circle or if you are interested in becoming a participant, please contact Development Director, Kelsey Ryan at

Our Sponsors

In order to ensure that no donor dollars are spent on planning the celebratory event, the Giving Committee works diligently to partner with community sponsors to provide an event where donors are recognized and each year, someone in the circle is honored for all they do for the Cortland community.  A very special thank you to our sponsors, without their support, our work would not be possible.

2016 Event Sponsors Include:

Crown Construction
Dryden Mutual Insurance Company
Cortland Eye Center
Cortland Hearing Aids
Genesee Advisors
Cortland Press & Carbon Copies
Bill Maffei

2016 Event Details

June 24, 2016
Alumni House, Cortland NY
6-9 pm, entertainment provided
Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by M&D Deli

Honorees: Mary and Al Beilby

2016 Circle Participants

Please click on the link below to view the 2016 100 Women Giving donors. This list is updated as donations are received.