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Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc.

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Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc. (COSIA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate a sense of sisterhood among women and to enhance the lives of those whom they support. At COSIA, we develop supportive networks that are not limited by age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion; utilize these networks as resources to produce affordable events and programs that promote team-building and the pursuit of personal and professional life goals and objectives; and support through fundraising and volunteer activities socially conscious initiatives and programs that benefit girls and women from underserved communities.

Results: We have brought unemployed and underemployed women to our annual conference, provided volunteer services and financial support to our charity beneficiary, and facilitated workshop and seminar experiences for women in the New York/New Jersey/CT Tri-State Area and Washington State. Donations to COSIA have helped us to support not only our mission, but also Operation Longthrust Summer Youth Camp, the Lower Eastside Girls Club, Save the Children, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, In the Spirit of the Children, Inc., Lola Louis' Creative and Performing Arts Studio, Powerful Voices, and Things of My Very Own, Inc.

Target demographics: women achieve their personal, professional and philanthropic goals.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 women and a nonprofit that serves 5,000 abused and neglected children annually

Geographic areas served: New York and Washington State

Programs: Our programs include a diverse membership program, women's leadership program, charity beneficiary program, volunteer program, and publications internship opportunities.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with COSIA is still in its growing stages; It has undeniably been a positive force in my life. The Sisters of this organization are a group of outgoing, go-getting, inspiring and uplifting women. I am so proud and grateful I’ve been chosen to become a part of an organization that stands for something as great as COSIA mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

COSIA is a wonderful professional organization. It has afforded me networking opportunities, a sense of belonging, and connection to women throughout the world. I am supported professionally, intellectually, and spiritually. It is a fabulous and much-need organization.

E Rayn B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Founder and CEO of Things of My very Own, Inc., a non-profit corporation that provides crisis intervention services and ongoing programs, to children that have experienced extensive abuse and/or neglect, and those in at-risk situations. In the past two months, the members and board members of COSIA, have played a significant part in both our marketing and outreach services, allowing us to reach out to undeserved populations as well as greatly needed donors. In a time when private donations and grants have been at an all time low, COSIA has been instrumental, in allowing us to continue our mission, by supporting us and the families that we serve in times of crisis.

Client Served

Rating: 5

COSIA is a great organization that brings together a diverse group of women, and provides them with networking, career development, and social outing opportunities. It has had a positive impact on my life. I would recommend it.

1 Antonia D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard about COSIA through another nonprofit that connects unemployed or underemployed young adults with Fortune 500 employers. I had always been intrigued about doing a women's retreat, so I signed up with the expectation that I would grow professionally and expand my network. What I did NOT expect was an abundance of personal growth; emotionally and spiritually this retreat was like a breath of fresh air. I learned so much more about myself, was empowered and humbled by the caliber of women around me, and inspired to take my life to the next level. I highly recommend this this experience and involvement in COSIA to any woman looking to join a sisterhood of dynamic, strong, and successful leaders- you will definetley not regret it.