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Community Impact 

WIN Cleveland's annual fundraising activities directly support:

  • The WIN Cleveland Women's Business Major Scholarship Fund (details below)

  • In Kind Donations to select charities that support the lives of women and children in Northeast Ohio 

  • Networking events designed to create new access points and opportunities to build business by building relationships

We also promote awareness of many charities' good works through promotion of charitable events on this website.

WIN Cleveland Business Major Scholarship Fund

Our mission to enable continuous professional growth through sharing ideas, resources and providing business support as well as opportunities for women to learn and thrive, personally and professionally prompted establishing the WIN Cleveland Business Major Scholarship has been established.

This annual need based scholarship awards a Junior, Senior or graduate female student demonstrating financial need attending Ursuline College pursuing a Business focused degree.

Proceeds from our Annual Event fund the WIN Cleveland Business Major Scholarship.

We are proud to partner with Ursuline College, the only college in Ohio that focuses on the education of women. 90% of their undergraduate students are strong, empowered women who are interested in changing the world – some locally and others globally.

Ursuline students are artists, activists, mentors, difference-makers, athletes and scientists. Students are encouraged to participate in service, promote social justice, contemplate their individual spirituality and pursue lifelong learning. 

Ursuline has been providing a holistic education which transform students for service, leadership and professional excellence for over 146 years. Approximately 30% of Ursuline undergraduates are students of color, another 10% come from other states and countries, and all major world religions are represented.

To learn more Ursuline Click Here:

2020 - 2021 In-Kind Donation Recipient:

Norma Herr Women's Center

Norma Herr Women’s Center was not named after a donor or a local public figure. The shelter on Payne Avenue was named after one of its guests.

Norma Herr began her life as a piano prodigy who was on track to perform at the highest level. She was also a wife and mother before schizophrenia left her homeless and estranged from her children.

By the time Norma reached age 80, she was the longest term resident of the shelter and the oldest woman living there. Norma made such an impact on the other residents of the center that, when she was moved into hospice care due to advanced cancer, carloads of women from the shelter visited her every day. During Norma’s time in hospice she was also reunited with her two daughters.

When Norma Herr passed away in 2007 a large memorial service was hosted at the Women’s Center that would later bear her name. The moniker stands as a fitting reminder that every woman experiencing homelessness has a unique story and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Norma Herr Women’s Center  Wish List 2021

Thank you for supporting Norma Women’s Center!  This is a general guideline of items we are in need of, including miscellaneous and house warming gifts. Norma Herr Women’s Center only accepts donations that are presented to staff to be approved and logged. Calling in advance in recommended We are not able to store or distribute clothing other than new socks, underwear, winter accessories, and casual bottoms due to storage and health and safety requirements. 


  • Deodorant
  • Laundry detergent pods
  • Adult depends
  • Body wash
  • Bar soap
  • Tooth brush /tooth paste
  • Lysol disinfectant wipes
  • Winter hats and gloves
  • New underwear (all sizes)
  • New socks (all sizes)
  • New bottoms, sweatpants, scrubs


  • New or used laptop computers
  • Combination lock
  • Metal bunk bed frame
  • Twin size plastic mattress
  • Bullhorn for emergency evacuations
  • Book shelves
  • Self- help books
  • Large, non-transparent plastic tote container with lid (any color)
  • RTA bus pass or tickets
  • Board games, journals, puzzles, art & craft supplies, word puzzles, adult coloring books

GIFT CARDS – Walmart, Target, Dave’s Supermarket, Giant Eagle etc.

Gift cards are used for emergencies as needs arise, as well as, for guests moving from shelter to permanent housing.  We purchase basic household items (pots, pans, dishes linen etc.) to assemble care packages and house warming gifts for guests who are successfully housed.

WIN is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association operated exclusively to promote social welfare.  As such, donations made directly to WIN are not considered charitable deductions by the IRS; however, they may qualify as business expenses.  Please check with your tax adviser.

Designate your donation by putting "scholarship" or "Team Norma" in the comments section of the form below.

Thank you for your amazing generosity!

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WIN Cleveland Past Beneficiaries

Our History of Giving


  • 2020 - $5000 to WIN/Ursuline Scholarship Fund, $750+ in art supplies to the Red Tulip Project
  • 2019 - $5000 to WIN/Ursuline Scholarship Fund, $1750 in Kitchen Products to Edna House
  • 2018 - $5000 to WIN/Ursuline Scholarship Fund
  • 2015 - $5,000 to Renee Jones Empowerment Center
  • 2014 - $5,000 to Renee Jones Empowerment Center
  • 2013 - $4,000 to Renee Jones Empowerment Center
  • 2012 - $750 to Girls with Sole and $750 to WomenSafe
  • 2011 - $750 to Providence House and $1,000 to Ursuline College
  • 2010 - $2,750 to The Littlest Heroes  and $750 to the YWCA
  • 2009 - $3,000 to The Littlest Heroes and $500 to  WomenSafe

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