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Who we are


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Who we are


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.


George Peabody Award

2017 Awards Luncheon

Photos By: Alyse Gause Photography

2018 Power of the Purse

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 Hallin Wenham. The generous donations from Timothy S. Hopkins Catering, Dana Markos Eventsand the Academy at Penguin Hall made for an enjoyable evening.
Photos by: Alyse Gause Photography

 
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Leadership


Leadership


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: Seridan Maguire, Elaine Quinn. Photo by: Alyse Gause Photography

Advisory Board

  • Ro French, President
    Susan Beckmann, Vice President
    Cara Hutchins, Vice President
    Bobbi Whiting, Treasurer
    Sheridan Maguire, Secretary
    Lisa Parker, Grants Allocation Committee Chair

  • Kennon Anderson
    Gretchen Berg
    Lynn Bryant
    Liz Cartland
    Meg Erickson
    Francie Hill
    Betsy Hopkins
    Joyce McMahon
    Alison McMaster
    Elaine Quinn
    Rebecca Riff
    Susan Robie
    Wendy Roworth
    Jane Stark
    Sarah Wolfgang
    Willa Worsfold

Grants Allocation Committee

 Grants Allocation Committee

Grants Allocation Committee

  • Lisa Parker, Chair,

  • Susan Beckmann
    Cathe Chiaramonte
    Emily Gonzalez
    Leslie Hammond
    Francie Hill
    Susan Howell
    Cara Hutchins
    Rebecca Imperiali
    Katelyn Lordan
     

  • Melissa Lorenzo-Hervé
    Anne Mauck
    Beth Payson
    Debbie Powell
    Rebecca Riff
    Susan Robie
    Lisa Ann Santin
    Priscilla Schwarzenbach
    Bobbye Lou Sims
    Bobbi Whiting
    Sara Wolfgang


Essex County Community Foundation

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 Funding Network

 

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.

We invite you to get involved.