The Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy initiative has started offering webinars “exploring regional challenges affecting women and girls today,” according to an announcement.

The “Breaking Barriers’ Spring Webinar Series” coincides with Women’s History Month and includes a panel discussion with a diverse group of people from across Northeast Pennsylvania..

“Each topic relates to women’s issues today post-COVID-19 pandemic including civic engagement and advocacy, childcare, and affordable housing, and will seek to identify ways in which Women in Philanthropy can break barriers and provide funding to make an impact in each of these areas,” the foundation explained.

The webinars include:

  • Affordable Childcare: Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
  • Affordable Housing: Thursday, April 8, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
  • Civic Engagement and Advocacy, Part 2: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
  • Affordable Childcare, Part 2: Thursday, May 6, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
  • Affordable Housing, Part 2: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

“The first sessions will lay the groundwork for future discussions,” the foundation said. “The follow-up webinars will include examples of solution-focused models to consider as Women in Philanthropy works to address the concerns that were raised in the first sessions, followed by small group discussions.”

The talks are open to the public, but registration is required. For details, visit

To support Women in Philanthropy, donate to the Fund for Women and Girls or visit