Barnard College Launches the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being READ NOW

"Talent is everywhere. Opportunity is not."

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A new graduate of the Francine A. LeFrak Computer Training Program shows off her certificate.

The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation’s mission is to provide access to training, education and financial fluency for women to be economically secure and flourish. We believe that introducing women to the tools they need for financial courage enables them to face life’s challenges with strength.


Barnard College Launches the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being

The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being will serve as a centralized hub for all wellness-related initiatives across campus and will support a 360-degree perspective of personal well-being focused on three pillars of wellness: physical, emotional, and financial.

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Our Vision

The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation envisions a world where every woman can achieve financial fluency. We are the champions, equipping women with resources and confidence.

Working in collaboration with organizational partners, the Foundation provides opportunities by creating pathways to training and education that will ultimately lead to an individual’s success. The Foundation is also focused on investing in the arts and preserving culture and history.

The Foundation’s ultimate goal is to ensure that all individuals have access to the basic necessities and are equipped to achieve general economic stability to ensure their personal independence. The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation prides itself in investing in people, on the ground organizations and physical spaces that will aid in the fulfillment of its objective and will positively influence the enhancement of individuals’ talents.

In the pursuit of its mission to help change the lives of those who need an opportunity to achieve success, the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation seeks to partner with like-minded foundations and organizations in order to have the broadest possible impact.

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FORBES.COM: The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Is Equipping Women With The Skills They Need To Thrive

Francine LeFrak, founder of the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation, discusses financial literacy and how the Francine A. LeFrak Center For Well-Being will give women at Barnard College the tools they need to take control of their finances.


Francine A. LeFrak

Francine A. LeFrak is the President of the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation and the Same Sky Foundation Fund. A successful social entrepreneur, women’s rights advocate and philanthropist, Francine founded a trade initiative, Same Sky, to help women who were invisible become visible through the dignity of work. Her work with Same Sky began with survivors of the Rwandan genocide and continued in the US with women who were recently released from prison and needed a second chance. As a social entrepreneur, she has helped hundreds of women and girls to use their talents to find opportunities for success. Through job training programs and providing access to education, her foundations have paved pathways for people to rise out of poverty.

“The greatest philanthropy is the dignity of work.”

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our impact

Bridge2Rwanda Scholarship Program Recipient

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“Thank you for giving me the privilege to benefit from an American education and for helping the talent of women to shine from your wings; now I have a reason to live through financial independence."
Wesleyan University Class of 2022
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Bridge2Rwanda Scholarship Program Recipient

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"I take this time to express my heartfelt gratitude for another chance, another privilege, and another opportunity added to my life. Being a LeFrak-Friedberg Scholar, to me, is a new gate open to more possibilities of what my life can be used for and most importantly, an example of how to live a better life, a life lived in service of others."
Wesleyan University
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Entrepreneurship Program at the Jenesse Center

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"It empowered me. It has changed my life, it’s enhanced my confidence, it’s enhanced my business plan, I have far more goals now than I did when I first arrived because I have more direction now. I was feeling broken and now I’m ready to fly."
Jenesse Center, Entrepreneurship Program
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JVS Micro Grant Program

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"There’s something about women working together, empowering one another, holding each other up, that I’ve always been attracted to - so the WoMentoring program made sense for me. It felt like the possibilities were endless because what I thought the trajectory of my life was had been completely shifted."
JVS Micro Grant Program - WoMentoring
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Women in Need, Francine A. LeFrak Computer Training Program

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"Taking this class helped me get the skills I needed to get a job that will lead to a career. I want to thrive, not just survive – and this course made that possible."
Francine A. LeFrak Computer Training Program