The Women's Fund of Essex County

The Women’s Fund of Essex County is a community of women, families and businesses dedicated to creating social change for women and girls in need.  Our vision is to empower all women and girls to meet their full potential. 

We raise funds and make grants to targeted non-profit programs in Essex County that are changing the lives of women and girls in significant and sustainable ways.  In addition, we work to raise awareness of the needs and issues impacting local women and girls. 

We focus on Essex County because we believe that the most sustainable change begins locally.

Luncheon 2014



We have never seen anything like your response.

We reached full capacity in nearly one week.

We wish that we could have accommodated everyone and will be in contact with those of you on the wait list.

We are tremendously grateful for everyone's interest.

Thank you for your continued support.




The sun came out to dazzle the evening of May 1st for the our fabulous gathering of women from across Essex County.

Willowdale Estate generously donated the venue, scrumptious nibbles and libations served by their outstanding staff.

Peels of delight echoed across the tent as each lucky purse raffle winner was announced.

The purses were donated by local and national vendors.

Thank you to everyone who supported our most successful Power of the Purse! 


    2014 Grant Awards Announced

The Women’s Fund of Essex County is proud to announce that we are awarding $200,000 in grants to 19 nonprofit programs in Essex County that are helping to reshape the lives of women and girls.

The grants are awarded to programs which provide outreach and life-skills to women and girls in one of three fields of funding: economic self-sufficiency, leadership and empowerment, health and well-being. 

As a best practice, most grant awards are up to three years to promote program sustainability and support agencies in attracting additional funding sources.

This was our first year accepting grant applications for all three fields of funding in the same year.  In previous years we have rotated fields of funding to maximize our grant dollars.  We thank the generosity of our donors!

Read about the grants

READ our research on the status of
women & girls in Essex County.

READ The Executive Summary for The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink. This is a must read!

READ The Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund's research article on why young women are still behind despite educational advancements. 

Please keep your eye on our Facebook page for updates about agencies, friends, and trends.

The Women’s Fund Awards $125,000 in Grants in 2013

In early April, The Women’s Fund was pleased to award grants to 13 Essex County non-profit agencies whose programs uniquely serve women and/or girls and focus on building leadership & empowerment, our 2013 grant awards field of funding. 

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Massachusetts Kicks Off Women’s Advocacy Day – The Women’s Fund of Essex County Data Cited

The Massachusetts’ Commission on the Status of Women kicked off their first annual Women’s Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House, June 13, 2012.  Members of The Women’s Fund of Essex County were invited to join an audience of close to 100 attendees including commissioners, legislators, and non-profit agency representatives.  In her comments, Patricia Fae Ho, Chair of the Essex County Commission on the Status of Women (ECCSW), presented highlights from The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s research report entitled “The Need is Real” and shared learnings from ECCSW’s discussions with many Essex County non-profit agencies.  READ MORE