December 12, 2018

Women’s Business Council Announces 2019 and 2020 Adopted Nonprofits

The Women’s Business Council (WBC) of the Capital Region Chamber announced its Adopted Nonprofit for 2019, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York and 2020, Food Pantries for the Capital District. The nonprofits were chosen from a large pool of worthy organizations.

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation 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 end Epilepsy.

Throughout 2019, the WBC will raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation at its monthly programs and its signature events along with WBC Holiday Fundraiser in December. The Epilepsy Foundation and the WBC will collaborate during the year on other opportunities to generate donations. This year, the WBC raised money and awareness for the 2018 Adopted Nonprofit, the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region.

WBC’s program began in 2002 as a means to educate and increase awareness of local non-profit agencies, and to provide volunteer opportunities for WBC members. 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. Since then, the following organizations have been adopted by the WBC: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2003; Clearview Center in 2004; The Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC) in 2005; Unity House of Troy, Inc. in 2006; Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region in 2007; Colonie Senior Service Centers Inc. in 2008; Dress for Success in 2009; Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region in 2010; Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in 2011; Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!) in 2012; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2013; The Bus Stop Club in 2014; St. Paul’s Center in 2015; Capital Roots in 2016; Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center in 2017 and YWCA of the Greater Capital Region in 2018.