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Responding to the needs of women

The WNY Women's Foundation, a nonprofit organization located at 742 Delaware Ave., sums up its mission in a few potent words:

"We believe that when women and girls are secure," the mission statement of the group states, "entire communities are stronger."

The organization began in 1999 as ?the "WNY Women's Fund," an initiative ?of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie ?County and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo – both organizations interested in the progress of the community as a whole, but recognizing the need ?to do more to address the needs of local women.

Today, the group is known as the WNY Women's Foundation ( Its missions continue to revolve around researching the needs of area women and responding to them. The group's current executive director is Heather A. Filipowicz, who has led the foundation since 2011.

"What She's Made Of," the lecture ?event featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman, to be held Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at ?Kleinhans Music Hall, is an annual keynote public event of the local outfit. Tickets ?are $100, $125 for a parent and child, online at

— Charity Vogel