helping local women and girls find their voices

Fostering Personal Growth

& Economic Self-Sufficiency

for Women & Girls

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About ONYA

Our Mission

The mission of ONYA is to inspire and advance philanthropy that funds non-profit programs to foster personal growth and economic self-sufficiency among women and girls throughout Ontario and Yates Counties.

How ONYA’s Mission is realized:


  •  By awarding grants to agencies and organizations for programs which address education, intervention, legal assistance and other relevant solutions.

  • By creating awareness through specific programs within the communities we serve.

  • By mentoring girls through specialized events such as “Voices of Experience”.

  • By building an endowment to fund grants and awareness efforts.

At ONYA, Ontario/Yates Fund for Women and Girls, we are committed to help women and girls become independent and self-sufficient. Explore our website to learn more about all that we’re doing to make a change.


We are a private, non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for programs that meet this mission.  The Ontario/Yates Fund for Women and Girls (ONYA) is a Donor Advised Fund of the Finger Lakes Area Community Endowment (FLACE), a 501(c)(3) foundation.


2021 Bud To Bloom  

Save the Date - June 5 2021!

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Types of Programs That ONYA Funds

Empowering Girls

One at a Time

Legal Assistance

Helping Single Parent Families


Helping the Community

Get in touch today and get involved in our cause.

ONYA Grants

Strengthening Our Community

Since 2003, ONYA has awarded over $311,000 to 

30 different agencies, for 83 programs, that have impacted the lives of over 6,000 women and girls in Ontario and Yates Counties. 

Be the Change

A Great Deed

It takes tremendous community support to achieve our goals, and volunteers are at the very heart of our mission. Whether you want to help plan our next event, join one of our committees or the board of directors, or you would simply like to make a monetary contribution to ONYA, get in touch today and see how you can start working towards a better tomorrow.


Help Us Soar

Support ONYA with a donation.

Our organization relies heavily on the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards ONYA grants to help fund programs for women and girls in Ontario and Yates counties.


Make A True Change

Support our efforts by volunteering to help with an event or a committee (Marketing/Communications, Grant Making, Donations/Fundraising, Finance, Bud to Bloom) or the Board of Directors.

Our organization relies heavily on the  involvement of people like you. Won't you help us help others in our community.

Spreading the Word

Get the Word Out

Help spread the word to your family, friends, and organizations about ONYA and the good it does in our community.

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Support our efforts any way you can - all contributions are appreciated. Contact us for more specifics about getting involved.

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ONYA Grant Application

The Ontario Yates Fund for Women (ONYA) is seeking proposals from not for profit 501 (c)(3) organizations for programs serving women and girls in Ontario and Yates Counties. The Fund is an independent fund-raising and grant making community organization which funds programs that have a positive impact on the economic and social status of women and girls.

All grant requests received will be screened for completeness and to assure that they meet ONYA’s criteria; a site visit by an ONYA Grant Committee representative may also be requested prior to the awarding of the grants. Grant requests must be received by September 1st of any year for consideration for that year’s grant cycle. Grants will be awarded in the fall for the following year’s program funding. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of our review by October 1st.

The 2020 application period (for 2021 grants) is now open.

2021 ONYA Grants

Since 2000, ONYA has awarded over $357,000 to 31 agencies for 90 programs which have impacted the lives of over 7,000 women and girls in Ontario and Yates Counties.


The ONYA Board of Directors is proud to announce its grant recipients for 2021.  ONYA’s mission is to inspire and advance philanthropy to foster personal and economic self-sufficiency among women and girls in Ontario and Yates counties. Each year ONYA gives grants to non-profit groups that support this mission.  


Our generous donors have enabled us to fund the following programs this year:

Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes 

Seeking Safety Teen Girls Program  


This program will offer three separate 12-week Trauma Informed “Seeking Safety” groups which will help girls become independent and self-sufficient and build skills for empowerment and resiliency.  


Wood Library Association 

Job Readiness and Digital Equity  


The library is partnering with Ontario Workforce Development to provide access to job readiness skills, digital tools, and support for adult women who are unemployed or underemployed.  Laptops will be purchased that can be borrowed by participants to access the county’s SkillUp/Matrix Learning program.  Workshops will be held on resume writing, effective communication and interview skills, how to conduct a job search, and an introduction to MSWord and Google Docs.


Family Hope Center 

Courageous Beauty     


This program is a girls’ group for 11 to18 year-olds.  It will provide conversations about healthy relationships, sexual risk avoidance and self-worth.  The Center hopes to hold 92 group meetings over 46 weeks in which activities and lessons will be provided.


Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes 

Summer Youth Leadership Workshop  


Two five-day Summer Leadership Workshops will be held to teach student leaders skills they need to lead presentations with peers, to act as activists against violence, to model healthy relationship behaviors, to create anti-dating violence media, and to organize clubs in their communities. 

Help Spread the Word About Our Funding Opportunities

Please spread the word about ONYA and the program funding opportunities we offer in our community.

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Make a Difference

We rely on substantial aid from generous people like you who care to make a difference in their community. Our Non-Profit Organization depends on the generosity of benefactors like you. Thanks for helping us raise funds, every cent you decide to contribute makes a big difference to the lives of women and girls in Ontario and Yates Counties.

Three Generations
Three Generations
ONYA Board 2021

Cheryl Angelidis, Martha Herbik,

Allison Hildebrandt, Diane Olivet, Amy Pauley, 

Sue Raymond, Erin VanDamme, Sarah Whiffen   


Sue Raymond is a retired physical education teacher from Rush-Henrietta.  Sue joined ONYA when she learned about ONYA’s mission.   Having been involved with girls with low self-esteem and troubled lives, she felt that it was important to support programs that provided an escape from such situations which ONYA’s grants do.  Sue feels very fortunate that she came from a loving, supportive family where she was the oldest of seven children. While things weren’t always easy for her family, Sue learned what caring and support can accomplish and felt that by being part of ONYA she could help change the lives of girls and women in the area.

Sue Raymond, President

Term:  2021-2023


Diane Olivet, a retired educator, recently moved to Canandaigua from the Southern Tier. She brings experiences from her time in the fields of public education, health education, hospice, political campaigns, and non-profit ventures dealing with the homeless and those who struggle with issues of poverty, obesity and mental health.

She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Ontario County Office for the Aging and is an elections inspector for Ontario County.


An avid reader, Diane also enjoys all types of crafts.  She and her husband enjoy time with their four grown daughters and five granddaughters. They live in the city of Canandaigua with their Goldendoodle (Paige).

Diane Olivet, Vice President

Term:  2021-2023

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Amy Pauley moved to the Canandaigua area in 2005. She is the executive director of the Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, a non-profit agency located in Newark, NY, that focuses on domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and bullying. Prior to this position, Amy was the executive director of the Finger Lakes Community College Foundation and director of development and government relations at FLCC. Amy has been a professional fundraiser for more than 20 years with several positions at non-profits in Pittsburgh, PA. Amy started her career as a medical technician at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. Amy has a degree in mathematics from Smith College and a M.B.A. with a concentration in sports management from Robert Morris University.


Since moving to the area, Amy has served on the boards of the Canandaigua Chamber and Bristol Valley Theater and as chair of the Canandaigua ATHENA Committee as well as several state-wide SUNY boards. She is currently a board member of the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum and the United Way of Ontario County where she serves as chair of the community investment committee.  In her spare time, she enjoys watching hockey, reading and gardening. 

Amy Pauley

Term: 2019-2021

Born and raised in Canandaigua, NY, Martha Herbik is the Executive Director of the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum.  Prior to her current position, Martha taught German in the Newark and Wayne Central Schools for 17 years, at both the middle school and high school levels.  Her work with students both inside and outside of the classroom, with programs such as Youth-to-Youth and GAPP, has been especially rewarding.


Martha earned a bachelor’s degree in German from Allegheny College, a master’s degree in German Literature from The Pennsylvania State University, and a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Nazareth College.  She and her husband, Todd, live in Bristol and have three children. 

Martha Herbik

Term:  2021-2023



Chereyl Angelidis

Term: 2021-2023


Cheryl Angelidis was born and raised in Gorham, NY. She spent her adult life working in public accounting in Rochester and moved back to Canandaigua upon her retirement. Cheryl is an avid reader and loves crafts. Cheryl and her husband, Gene, enjoy the Canandaigua Yacht Club and spending time with their daughter, Cate, and their pets. They loved traveling before Covid and hope to return as soon as possible to visiting Europe and the USA again. 


She is very active in Literacy Volunteers of Ontario Yates Counties. She served as Secretary/Treasurer with Rochester Youth Hockey League for 15 years and volunteered with the Rochester Yacht Club. 

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Allison Hildebrant

Term: 2020-2023

Allison grew up in Canandaigua, graduated from Bloomfield, and now lives in South Bristol. She is the Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator for the local Habitat for Humanity. She is a Certified Volunteer Administrator ( Allison is active in the community. In addition to the ONYA Board of Directors, she is on the Board of Directors for Canandaigua Rotary Club. She was the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. She is also active in the United Way Young Leaders and Professional Women of the Finger Lakes, among others. Allison's goal is to create lasting, transformational change in the community through the organizations she aligns with.


When not working, Allison will most likely be with her fur kid, hiking any trail she can find (find me in the mountains!), or eating all the vegan food. She also loves to travel and read.

Sarah Whiffen has been a resident of Clifton Springs for over twenty years. She has a degree in Sociology from Wells College and a Masters Degree from Mansfield State in Early Childhood Education. For close to thirty years she has worked in the field of Higher Education in the greater Rochester area. Since 2002, Sarah has worked at Finger Lakes Community College and is currently the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. Her passion to help young women 


She and her husband, Terry, have two daughters and quite a few furry friends at home. Sarah was involved in numerous organizations as her daughters were growing up. The family are die-hard Bills fans and enjoy kayaking and getting together with friends and family at their camp in the Catskills.

Sarah Whiffen

Term:  2020-2022

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