In 2003, eight visionary and passionate women created The Women’s Fund. Today, our volunteer board of 21 women is dedicated to creating positive social change for local families and communities.
Our Advisory Board has broad philanthropic, community, and professional experience, ensuring strong governance and oversight. Our mission and decisions are guided by written bylaws, a disciplined and transparent grant process, and periodic strategic reviews. We maintain a strong reserve fund.
Through our rigorous grants allocation process we support a broad platform of carefully selected programs. They target solutions to complex and overlapping social issues impacting women, families and communities.
We are fortunate to have a broader community of women, families and businesses who, through fundraisers, annual appeals and volunteer projects, magnify the impact of our work.
We are creating change, together.
Past Recipients of the Above and Beyond Award for Excellence:
Thank you to eveyone who supported our 16th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon. We celebrated the outstanding work that the eighteen agencies we funded this year are doing on behalf of women and girls in Essex County. Our featured speaker, Ted Bunch, Chief Development Officer of A CALL TO MEN, shared his work inviting men to join the conversation and change the messages we give today's youth in order to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.
Photos By: Alyse Gause Photography
Inspired by the Victor Hugo saying, “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled,” this community-building fundraiser features a raffle that offers chances to win distinctive handbags donated by renown designers and retailers. All the proceeds from this event are awarded to nonprofit programs that offer critical interventions and life skills to women and girls in need or at risk in Essex County. Power of the Purse 2018 was held at The Academy at Penguin Hall in Wenham. The generous donations from Timothy S. Hopkins Catering, Dana Markos Events and the Academy at Penguin Hall made for an enjoyable evening.
Photos by: Alyse Gause Photography
Seated: Jane Stark, Lisa Parker, Ro French, Bobbi Whiting, Susan Beckmann, Cara Hutchins, Willa Worsfold. Standing: Gretchen Berg, Betsy Hopkins, Liz Cartland, Lynn Bryant, Joyce McMahon, Wendy Roworth, Meg Erickson, Sarah Wolfgang, Kennon Anderson, Rebecca Riff, Susan Robie, Francie Hill, Alison McMaster. Absent: Sheridan Maguire, Elaine Quinn. Photo by: Alyse Gause Photography
Ro French, President
Susan Beckmann, Vice President
Cara Hutchins, Vice President
Bobbi Whiting, Treasurer
Sheridan Maguire, Secretary
Lisa Parker, Grants Allocation Committee Chair
Lisa Parker, Chair
Lisa Ann Santin
Bobbye Lou Sims
The Women's Fund is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF). ECCF is our fiscal agent and provides our 501(c)(3) tax- exempt status. The Foundation also provides administrative support and oversees the effective management of the financial assets of The Women’s Fund. For more information, visit www.eccf.org.
The Women’s Fund of Essex County is a proud member of The Women’s Funding Network (WFN). The WFN was established in 1985 as a global movement to optimize the success of women’s organizations, giving its members access to a forum of shared knowledge, ideas, tools, consultancy, and training. Through the WFN, we are one of more than 160 other women’s organizations that span 30 countries, including public charities, foundations and funds.