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Akers Browning Enrichment Fund for Young Women

$100.00 contributions
1 donors
The Akers Browning Enrichment Fund for Young Women was established by Diane Akers and Heather Browning to address the cultural and socio-economic challenges of young women and girls in the New River Valley. The fund was founded on the principle that investing in women and girls is a powerful way to invest in our community, while providing access to valuable experiences and life-long learning opportunities.
Why Women and Girls?

Research shows that social and cultural investment in women reduces poverty, raises productivity and accelerates economic growth.  By engaging and strengthening young women from all walks of life, we can break the cycle of poverty and set young women on a path to successful, meaningful, and well-rounded lives. Women who build on their strength through life experiences have increased self-worth and are strong, positive role models for their children. 
Our Goal:
The Akers Browning Enrichment Fund was originally envisioned as an estate planning bequest, but quickly the donors realized the good a fund like this could offer right now with additional community support from like-minded individuals. The goal is to build the endowment and selectively make gifts that will have the maximum impact. The primary purpose of the fund is to provide young women and girls in the New River Valley, particularly those experiencing financial hardship and complicated home lives, with opportunities and experiences otherwise not available to them. This may include, but is not limited to travel within the United States or abroad; immersion in other cultures and lifestyles, participation in arts related programs, and other educational opportunities for personal growth.

The Akers Browning Enrichment Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. Those wishing to learn more may contact the CFNRV at 540-381-8999 or email

Jeff M donated $100.00

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