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The Need

Changes in our society are presenting many more opportunities for women to take important leadership roles in industry, government and world affairs. However, in order to qualify for such opportunities, a master's or doctorate degree is now mandatory in many fields.  The number of women in graduate-study is increasing dramatically but tuition and the other costs of graduate education are increasing faster than inflation, adding greatly to the cost of their education.

How you can help…

The NY Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund was established with the express mission “to provide a permanent funding source to support fellowships, research and training for New York State women.”  Each year Fellowships are awarded to women pursuing graduate study in New York State.

Your contribution would go into a permanent endowment that exists to support these Fellowships. The NY Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. (A small, separate operating account, supported by special projects, is used to cover fundraising expenses. We keep our fundraising costs to a minimum through the dedicated efforts of volunteers and in-kind contributions by employers.)

Please consider making a contribution!

Gifts of any amount are warmly welcomed.  Contributions can be made "In Honor of” or "In Memory of” a person of your choice, in your own name, or anonymously if desired. Please be sure to check if your employer has a Matching Gift program.  Click here for a Contribution Form in PDF or DOC . Acknowledgment and notification letters are sent for all gifts, regardless of the amount. 

A special category - Benefactor - recognizes those who contribute $1,000 or more.

Corporate donors are welcomed partners in our fundraising drive and will receive special publicity.

Mail your check with the completed Contribution Form  to:

Maria Barnas, Chair, Fundraising
NY Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc.,
7026 Perry Terrace
Brooklyn, NY  11209

Email: [email protected]

Insurance and Bequests

In addition to the above, gifts of life insurance and bequests in your will are welcome.  

Bequests can easily be made by asking your attorney to insert this codicil in your will: “I give and bequeath to NY Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of New York, at 7026 Perry Terrace, Brooklyn NY 11209, the sum of $XXXX or YY percent of my estate to be used to further educational opportunities for New York State women."