The Abby Foundation
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The Abby Foundation of the South Suburbs

From 1985 until today, the Abby Foundation’s mission has remained constant: raise money and distribute it to established nonprofit organizations, who apply for a grant that help women and their children and fund scholarships for both young women and returning women.

In its early years, Abby women asked friends and neighbors to join them at focus groups which eventually grew into formal luncheons. It was a simple recipe; spend a little time and money and help a neighbor. The first luncheon raised $2,000 that was quickly donated to two established domestic violence shelters, the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and the South Suburban Family Shelter.

A board of directors and a membership component were soon formed and as luncheon attendance grew, breast cancer awareness joined domestic violence prevention as Abby beneficiaries. At the same time, a scholarship program was initiated, helping women reach their potential through scholarships.

 

Abby Foundation Membership

Membership to the Abby Foundation is easy. Donate $100 per year for an individual membership to the foundation and attend the luncheon which features a keynote speaker, a raffle, an exhibit area for local businesses and nonprofit organizations, an informational program book that contains an A to Z listing of nonprofit organizations. Business memberships are also available and include a business listing in the program book and ticket to the Women Together luncheon.

Abby’s original 20 members became almost 100 in 2009 and the board of directors hopes to continue growing that membership so that more nonprofit organizations will receive financial help. In its many years, the Abby Foundation has distributed more than a million dollars through its programs.

 

Abby Foundation Scholarships


scholarship applicationThe Abby Foundation offers scholarships to women who need assistance to attend college in the fall, either as graduating high school seniors or women returning to college. We are able to offer $1,000 scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students attending a four-year college/university and $500 scholarships to those attending a two-year community college. Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0/4.0. Applications for the 2015 scholarships will be due in March, 2015.

To apply for an academic scholarship in 2015, download the scholarship application and submit by March 7,2015.

Athletic scholarships will also be awarded in for Athlete of the Year. To apply for an athletic scholarship in 2015, download the scholarship application that will be available in February, 2015.

 

 



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