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The LCU Fund for Women's Education is Currently Seeking Board Members

LCU Fund for Women’s Education

Board Position Announcement

About the LCU Fund for Women’s Education

The LCU Fund for Women’s Education supports women students so that they may focus more fully on their studies and obtain their degree in a field that gives back to society. We do through housing grants to low-income women students enrolled at select New York City colleges and universities who are preparing for careers in the arts, education, social work, public administration, religious leadership, criminal justice and health care. For many LCU Scholars, this housing support may mean not having to take that second or third job or not having to borrow more for living expenses. Instead, they can work fewer hours and feel less overwhelmed by the burden of paying for rent in a very expensive city. Most notably, supported students have less debt upon graduation. Their college degrees in hand, our women scholars have found meaningful employment in their chosen fields and are making a difference in the lives of others. Since launching our housing grant program in 2001, we have awarded over $11M in housing support to over 2,200 women.

The Opportunity

The LCU Fund seeks new Board members who share our commitment to ensuring that economically disadvantaged, academically promising women pursuing professions that serve the community benefit from the richly diverse higher education landscape in New York City. Moreover, we seek members who can actively work to leverage their leadership skills for the benefit of the foundation and in service of its mission.

Each Board member is responsible for representing the organization well, being an active participant in our work, serving as an ambassador for the Fund; assisting with the setting of organizational policies; and ensuring the financial health of the organization through fiscal oversight and support of fundraising efforts. In addition, Board Members serve a critical role in assisting the leadership of the organization in making critical decisions regarding the organization’s future.

Specific Commitments

  • ‚ÄčTime and dedication. Being a member of the Board of Directors will require, on average, approximately 10 hours per month.
  • Active participation and physical attendance. Board members are expected to join a minimum of 75 percent of Board meetings (about 6 per year), as well as retreats, special meetings, committee meetings (often conducted as conference calls) and special events throughout the year like our annual fundraising event. There are also opportunities to visit our grantee schools throughout the year. Meetings generally take place in and around Manhattan.
  • Financial Support. It is expected that each Board member will prioritize the LCU Fund in their charitable giving by contributing a minimum target of $1,250 through direct contributions, solicitation of others and sales of tickets to the annual event;

Based on the organizational needs of the Fund, applicants with the following professional experience and skills will be prioritized:

  • Higher Education – Experience serving in an administrative capacity at an institution of higher ed (i.e. student services, financial aid, development);
  • Philanthropy – Experience working in a private foundation in a staff / leadership capacity (i.e. program officer, grants manager, strategy officer);
  • Law – Experience as an attorney; interest and / or exposure to non-profit law and an understanding of the NYS non-profit corporation revitalization act.

The LCU Fund is committed to diversity and inclusion and having this represented on our Board.

How to Apply

Please send a current resume and letter explaining your interest and experience to Sara Espinosa, LCU Fund Executive Director at



The LCU Fund for Women's Education Seeks Leadership Sponsors

The LCU Fund will celebrate 160 years of supporting the aspirations of outstanding women on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Through financial panics, depressions, recessions and wars, the LCU Fund has provided access to safe, affordable housing to women pursuing self-sufficiency through work and education in New York City.

Since launching our housing grant program in 2001, the LCU has awarded over $11M in support to 2,200 women, enabling them to focus on their studies and obtain degrees in fields that give back to society. The benefits of a college degree are clear. Female college graduates are more likely to be employed and earn a good living, lessening economic vulnerability. Many overlook the other costs associated with attending college besides tuition. Even when grants or academic scholarships cover tuition, the burdensome cost of New York City housing often forces lower – and even middle – income students to shy away from higher education. A housing grant from the LCU Fund can make all the difference.

Our 160-year birthday celebration will take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Cosmopolitan Club - a fitting venue given its history as a meeting place for professionally accomplished women - and will feature notable speakers, artwork by LCU Fund-supported student artists, and the presentation of the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership to a grant recipient who has demonstrated exceptional leadership within her school or home community.

Won’t you join us in helping remarkable women graduate from college and go on to help others?

Your participation at one of these sponsorship levels will support more promising women students at select New York City institutions in 2019. Moreover, your gift is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

RAINMAKER: $10,000 provides housing grants for two new students

CULTIVATOR: $5,000 provides a housing grant for one new student

SEED-SOWER: $1,000 offsets partial housing costs for one deserving student

As a Rainmaker, you will receive:

  • 10 event tickets
  • Recognition in event promotional materials, on our website and social media platforms
  • Full-page space in our 160th birthday program for composing a message of your choosing

As a Cultivator, you will receive:

  • 5 event tickets
  • Recognition in event promotional materials, on our website and social media platforms
  • Half-page space in our 160th birthday program for composing a message of your choosing

As a Seed-Sower, you will receive:

  • 2 event tickets
  • Recognition in event promotional materials, on our website and social media platforms
  • Quarter-page space in our 160th birthday program for composing a message of your choosing

If you are interested, please contact our Executive Director, Sara Espinosa, via email ( or by phone (206.849.2890).

Thank you for considering this opportunity to support the work of the LCU Fund!

LCU Fund Phenomenal Women Project

Calling all Current LCU Fund students and alumni! Be part of our Phenomenal Women Project....

Greetings from the LCU Fund for Women’s Education! Remember us? We’re the foundation that awarded you a housing grant, so that you could complete your education with a little more peace of mind.

The LCU Fund is committed to helping exceptional women like you complete your degrees. We do this by providing housing grants. This support may mean not having to take that second or third job; not having to borrow more for living expenses; or not having to delay graduation. Instead, we hope that our students work fewer hours and feel less overwhelmed by the burden of paying for rent in a very expensive city.

We believe in our work. We want others to know more about us and to join in our efforts.

This is where you come in…

The richness of our story is the aspiration, dedication and perseverance of the women whom we have supported over the years. We invite you to share your story.

In the coming weeks, we will be collecting short videos and photos of current LCU Fund recipients and alumni that we will feature in our LCU Fund Phenomenal Women Project. We have found that it is you – our funded students – who most inspire donors to contribute to our cause.

To help get your creative juices flowing, here are a couple themes we’d love for you to showcase in video or photo format:
1) How the LCU Fund changed my life: Tell us about your career and how your degree changed your life. For example, did the Fund enable to you to finish your degree sooner, or to stay in school when you were afraid you might have to drop out? Are you now working at your dream job? Show us! 
2) A Day in the Life: We already know that LCU Fund students are an impressive bunch – but that you’re out in the “real world,” we’d love to know what amazing things you’re doing with the education you worked so hard to obtain. Where are you living now? What new opportunities have opened for you?

Please remember that the videos do NOT need to be professional quality. We are happy to edit them for you.

If submitting a video, please follow these tips:
• Film a video on a phone, camera, or webcam
• 90 seconds maximum
• If filming on a phone, film in the landscape or horizontal orientation
• Choose good lighting (bright lighting, but not in direct sunlight)
• Upload and send to our email as a .wmv, .mp4, or. Avi format
• Be as creative as you’d like!

If submitting a photo, please include a photo and a small paragraph about your story.

Please submit photos or videos by May 18, 2018 to this email. Those submitting videos will be entered to win one of three $250 Amazon gift cards.

Disclaimer: By submitting content, you consent for it to be used by the LCU Fund for Women’s Education to use it for the purposes of promotion to the public on social media, the LCU Fund’s website and in print material.

If you have any questions about this project, please email us at


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LCU Fund for Women's Education announces 2018 grantees

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the following 2018 grantees:

General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, The New School - Mannes School of Music, New York Studio School, City College of New York, Lehman College, New York University Silver School of Social Work, Bank Street College of Education, The New York Academy of Art, Columbia University School of Nursing, Columbia School of Social Work, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch, Juilliard, The Jewish Theological Seminary, Metropolitan College of New York and Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus.

Save the date for the LCU Fund's 2018 Donor Event and Student Celebration.

The LCU Fund is pleased to announce that the 2018 Donor Event and Student Celebration will be held on Thursday, October 11th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Cosmopolitan Club at 122 East 66th Street in New York City. More details to come....


LCU Fund Announces 2017 President's Award Recipient

Established in 2012 to honor past LCU Fund for Women’s Education Board President Carol Farris, the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership recognizes a supported student who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in her school and / or home community. 

The Fund is pleased to announce that Anne Marie Witchger, a student at the General Theological Seminary, has been selected as this year's recipient.

As a student, Anne Marie is actively engaged in the formational life of the Seminary.  She is committed to daily spiritual practices, which include regular participation in communal worship and prayer. In and beyond the Seminary, she has taken initiative for her own education and formation. She has attended the Preaching Excellence Program and plans to attend Missional Voices. Committed to her ongoing theological education, she has decided to pursue a Masters of Arts in Ministry at the Seminary.  Seeing an opportunity for vocational growth, she has recently moved from her largely administrative position at All Angels' Church to a more ministry- focused opportunity at The Church of the Heavenly Rest.  As a reader, preacher, officiant and pastoral presence, she is developing into leader and a transformative agent for the community.

Other 2017 nominees for the award include Sharmin Uddin (Baruch), Mistee Denson (Columbia School of Social Work), Lucy Turnbull (NY Studio School), Leeanna Chipana (NY Academy of Art), Kalyca Seabrook (Columbia School of Nursing) and Elizabeth Ramos (Phillips School of Nursing).

The award will be presented at a celebration on Thursday, October 19th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Manhattan Club. Purchase tickets here.


LCU Fund Announces New Board President.

At the 159th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of the LCU Fund for Women's Education, the Board elected Leslie Ehrlich as President.

Following a distinguished career in the corporate world inventing products that make the financial lives of consumers simpler, easier and better, Leslie Ehrlich has devoted herself to education. She is the co-founder of Think Tank for Schools, a non-profit whose curriculum enhances college readiness by teaching high school students to think and work independently. Leslie also works to promote financial literacy. She is a founding co-chair of the financial literacy program of Dress for Success; and teaches financial literacy for that organization and others. Leslie began her career at The Boston Consulting Group and went on to lead marketing and product development organizations for Citigroup, Instinet, JPMorgan Chase, GE and Mastercard. An early advocate for the internet’s potential to transform our lives, her best-known and most widely used product is the redesigned online banking website. In addition to the LCU Fund for Women’s Education, Leslie also serves on the Advisory Board of the Association to Benefit Children, on the Alumnae Board of The Chapin School, and is the Treasurer Double Entendre Music Ensemble. Leslie holds an AB degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University. She lives in New York City with her family. Since joining the LCU Board in 2013, Leslie has been instrumental in efforts to reframe the Fund's investment approach, affirm our grantmaking priorities and strategy and extend our circle of supporters. 

At that same meeting, Margaret Dietsche was elected to her first full term as Board Secretary and Carol Starmack was appointed as Interim Vice President.


LCU announces 2016 recipient of President's Award for Excellence in Leadership

Breanna JoinerThe LCU Fund for Women's Education congratulates Breanna Joiner, the 2016 recipient of the LCU Fund President's Award for Excellence in Leadership. Named in honor of past LCU President Carol Farris, this award is designed to recognize a current student beneficiary who demonstrates outstanding leadership in her home and / or school community. Breanna will graduate from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the CIty College of New York this spring and will matriculate to the Albany Medical School in the fall. Read more about Breanna.

LCU elects new executive officers

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the following newly elected Executive Officers of the Fund's Board of Directors:

* Leslie Ehrlich - Assistant Treasurer

* Margaret Dietsche - Secretary


LCU Fund for Women's Education Announces Event Committee

The LCU Fund for Women's Education wishes to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to helping promising women students pursue a career in a profession that serves the community by signing on as members of the Fund's Fall Reception and Celebration Event Committee.

Many thanks to: Jana Bergdall, Garry Buff, Ligia Cravo, Christine Evangelides Donovan, Margaret Dietsche, Ronny Diamond, Peter Drake, Leslie Ehrlich, Gilbert Espinosa, HOlly Hughes, Mill Jonakait, Mary Keegan, Richard Kessler, Chelsea LeMar, Joseph Magdaleno, Mary Jo Mullan, Robin Pollock, Holly Roberts, Martha Sermier, Carol Ann Starmack, Jeanette C. Takamura, Lynn Videka and Linda J. Wright.

For details on the event, click here.

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