Adopted Nonprofit Program


Since its inception in 2002, the Women’s Business Council’s Adopted Nonprofit Program has raised more than $62,000 for local nonprofits and has helped raise awareness about many worthy organizations in our region. The program began as a means to educate and increase awareness of local non-profit agencies, and to provide volunteer opportunities for members of the Women’s Business Council (WBC). The Regional Food Bank was selected as the first adopted organization. It proved to be a rewarding experience for both the WBC members and the Food Bank, and it was decided to continue the program.

To see a list of previous Adopted Nonprofits, click here.

The Adopted Nonprofit for 2019 is the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. Epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain, and anyone with a brain can affect epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation exists to #EndEpilepsy. The WBC will raise money for the organization at its programs and the WBC Holiday Fundraiser in December. The organization and the WBC will collaborate during the year on other opportunities to generate donations and raise awareness.

For additional information, contact Marna Redding at 518.431.1421.


“We are so thankful to the Women’s Business Council for selecting Whitney Young Health as 2017’s Adopted Nonprofit. This past year demonstrated the whole-hearted support the business community has for our patients and our mission. This year-long adoption allowed WYH to enlist scores of new ambassadors for the organization as we continue to meet our mission. The success of this partnership exceeded even our most lofty expectations, enabling us to continue to provide the best care possible to our patients — the very people who benefit from this program. We couldn’t be prouder of the relationships that have been forged as a result of this partnership, or the ability to continue our mission of providing quality care to the community members who need it, regardless of income.”
– David Shippee, President and CEO, Whitney Young Health, Jr. Health Center, 2017 Adopted Nonprofit

“Being the recipient of the WBC’s  2014 adopt a not for profit program has exceeded my expectations. Not only did we surpass our funding goal, but more importantly the Bus Stop Club has gained an abundance of exposure and support from the Women’s Business Council. While attending, networking and speaking at the programs we gained two new board members, a staff member and Bus Stop Club members. The Bus Stop Club was also awarded a donation of $1,500.00 due to the recognition that we received as the WBC’s adopted nonprofit. Our overall goal at the Bus Stop Club is to continue to expand and share our mission, the Women’s Business Council has provided us with such a platform that we’ve done just that. It was an amazing year with an amazing group of professionals.”
– Angela Tobin, Executive Director, The Bus Stop Club, 2014 Adopted Nonprofit

As the 2015 Adopted Non-Profit, the WBC membership mobilized behind the St. Paul’s Center mission in many impactful ways. The monthly raffles and the holiday party were effective in raising funds – but really, the benefits go beyond that. The longer-lasting impact came by way of Board member recruitment, ongoing committee participation, and increasing awareness. Speaking at each WBC program and participation in shelter activities brought to life the impact of homelessness. And most importantly, each member understands the impact one person can make in changing the life of a homeless family.
– Tracy Pitcher, Executive Director, St. Paul’s Center, 2015 Adopted Nonprofit