What has the Women's Fund achieved in its first fifteen years?
Since 1997, the Women's Fund has awarded over $2 million in grants to more than 101 programs in the four counties of Western Massachusetts. These programs have given their participants the tools and support they need to achieve their goals.
Through these programs, along with other successes:
- at-risk girls enter and successfully complete college, and step into leadership roles in schools, communities, and homes
- women establish homeownership for themselves and their children, give back to the community by designing and implementing new or additional community service programs, and transition their families into safe and secure housing
What will the Women's Fund achieve in the next decade?
With sixteen years of experience working in the four western counties— and supported by the knowledge amassed through the international Women's Funding Network— the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts is expanding and deepening its impact. While grantmaking remains the cornerstone of our endeavors, the Women's Fund is building its capacity to be the “go to” organization for all issues related to improving the lives of women and girls. Most recently we do this by creating the following:
Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI)
For four years, the Women's Fund has led 140 women from across the four counties through its 10 month long leadership institute .LIPPI offers women education and training to advance their professional, political and personal leadership goals while helping them to examine and address the internal, external and systemic barriers to women's leadership culturally.
Status of Women in Western Massachusetts Report
Released September 2013
This report provides current data on women and girls living in the four western counties of Massachusetts. It is a source of information covering a wide range of indicators at the local and state level including demographics, economic security, educational attainment, health and wellness, political participation, and gerontology.
Read the full report.