Creating change together.


Creating change together.

Thought Leadership

Behind the demographic, social and economic data we collect are the women and families who struggle with life's basic needs. This data helps us identify targeted programs and track their effect. We are a resource to our agencies, other nonprofits and elected officials as we work together.

We are the voice for positive change.

Local Impact

We believe that every woman and girl has the right to a life that is safe, financially secure with an opportunity for a brighter future. Our focus is on Essex County because sustainable social change begins on the local level. Stronger women and girls build stronger families; stronger families build stronger communities.

We are bridging the gap.


Strengthening Community

Investing in women and girls is the most effective strategy to strengthen families, communities and the local economy. Partnering with agencies, we address issues of financial insecurity, unhealthy living environments and lack of opportunities that prevent women from thriving.

We deliver solutions that impact the entire community.

Current Socio-Economic Data on Status of Women in Essex County

(Source:  American Community Survey, 2017 Data)


Research Report*

Women in Poverty in Essex County: A Call to Action

*Written June 2017; 2016 Data


The need is real

The need is real

The Women’s Fund of Essex County changes the lives of women and girls in need or at risk by targeting and funding transformative programs that address complex and overlapping issues.   Through our rigorous grant allocation process, we partner with organizations that provide women and girls a path to meet their potential.  With a single donation, our supporters invest in the future of our community.  We believe positive change begins with one woman, one girl at a time.  It begins with each of us.

1 in 5 women of color live in poverty

The Women's fund awarded $1.9 million in grant allocations over 15 years to 100+ programs

Nearly 1 in 3 single moms with children live in poverty

Over 23,000 children in Essex County live in poverty. Almost 70% of them live in single mother families

44% of single mothers have a high school degree or less

1 in 8 women & girls in Essex County live in poverty. (vs. 1 in 10 men)
Median Family Income

(Families with Children)


Married Couple Family



Male Household Family




Female Household Family

100% of The Women’s Fund Grant allocations go to programs focused on Essex County women and girls

More than 1 in 3 women ages 65+ live alone

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