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.
2014 POWER OF THE PURSE
New Date & Venue: May 1st at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield
Look for your invitation in the mail
On October 24th, women from all over Essex County filled the ballroom at the Peabody Marriott Hotel for The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s 11th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon. The luncheon featured “Homeless to Harvard” student Dawn Loggins interviewed by award winning news anchor Natalie Jacobson. Thirteen Essex County agencies were honored, grant recipients under this year’s funding focus of “Leadership & Empowerment”: Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Girls Inc. of Lynn, Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area/a Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center Affiliate, Gloucester Writers Center, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lifebridge, Pathways for Children, Raw Art Works, Salem YMCA, Tri-Town Council and YWCA of Greater Lawrence.
The Women’s Fund extends special thanks to all of its generous business sponsors of the Grant Awards Luncheon: Philanthropist Level sponsors include Brookwood School; Glovsky & Glovsky LLC; Lahey Health; McCue Corporation; Oakmont Partners, LLC; Robie Properties; Salem Five Charitable Foundation; Shore Country Day School and Zampell Refractories.
“The evidence is overwhelming - empowering and educating women and girls is not only a matter of fairness and gender equality, but doing so also makes sound economic sense resulting in stronger families and communities,” said Susan Barry, Advisory Board President.
Left to right: Susan Barry, Women’s Fund President; Interviewer Natalie Jacobson; Interviewee Dawn Loggins
Left to right: Susan Barry, Women’s Fund President; Sabra Dow, Program Director of Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area, a Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center Affiliate; Cyandrah Cosme and Martha Rand, Program Participants; Lynn Bryant, Women’s Fund Grants Allocation Committee Chair
Photos courtesy of Alyse Gause Photography www.alysegause.com
ON BEHALF OF THE WOMEN & GIRLS
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.
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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