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What we do


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What we do


Stronger women and girls build stronger families.

Stronger families build stronger communities.

Our Work

The Women’s Fund of Essex County changes the lives of women and girls by funding programs that offer demonstrated results. We identify the point of intervention that truly changes these women’s futures. Our proven Grant Allocation Process allows one donation to support a broad platform of programs that may not be on the radar for most donors. The outcomes are real and meaningful in the lives of not only Essex County families but also the community we all call home.

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Grants


Grants


Thanks to the generosity of individuals, businesses, and foundations, The Women’s Fund has awarded $1,633,000 to over 90 nonprofit programs serving women and girls in need and at risk across Essex County.

In the last two years we have received 85 grant applications, conducted more than 50 site visits and granted $578K to 43 programs in the following funding areas: 

Economic Self-Sufficiency and Security

  • 15 programs
  • $204K

Health and Well-Being

  • 16 programs
  • $202K

Leadership and Empowerment

  • 12 programs
  • $172K

From skills training and employment-readiness, to the promotion of health and well being, financial literacy, empowerment and mentoring, The Women's Fund supports a wide range of programming targeted towards helping women and girls thrive and become more self sufficient.

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Support for single mothers


Support for single mothers


a new initiative!

The Women’s Fund of Essex County Support for Single Mothers

The Women’s Fund is committed to increasing the number of single mothers earning a living wage in Essex County. Education is the strongest pathway to greater economic security.  This program is designed to create a more effective pathway.

Single mothers already face great challenges: juggling low-wage jobs, parenting, childcare and unreliable transportation. Many of these low income women realize the best future for their family is through a better job. A better job requires a higher degree. To that end, many of our local, single parents are adding “student” to the many hats they wear already. With so many demands, all it takes is one unforeseen financial emergency for them to drop out or delay their studies.

In 2017, we created The Fund for Single-Mothers at North Shore Community College. This Fund offers eligible candidates the additional financial support they need to complete their degrees.  

When single mothers earn a certificate or degree, they increase their earning potential.  They also increase their children’s chances to successfully complete their education and break away from the cycle of poverty and abuse.

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Community building


Community building


One of the most powerful ways to strengthen our communities is by forging new connections.

The Women’s Fund works with volunteers, local businesses, consultants and nonprofit organizations to fill the opportunity gaps.

From fundraising yoga classes to community builds for Habitat for Humanity, The Women’s Fund is always looking for ways to make a bigger impact in Essex County.

Creating Change Together.