Who we are


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.


    2017 Awards Luncheon

    Photos By: Alyse Gause Photography




    Advisory Board

    • Lynn Bryant, President
    • Ro French, Vice President
    • Sheridan Maguire, Secretary
    • Becky Hallowell, Treasurer
    • Susan Robie, Grants Allocation Committee Chair
    • Kennon Anderson
    • Susan Beckmann
    • Gretchen Berg
    • Meg Erickson
    • ArriAnna Harvey
    • Francie Hill
    • Cara Hutchins
    • Joyce McMahon
    • Alison McMaster
    • Lisa Parker
    • Debbie Powell
    • Wendy Roworth
    • Bobbi Whiting
    • Sarah Wolfgang
    • Willa Worsfold

    Grants Allocation Committee

    Grants Allocation Committee

    Grants Allocation Committee

    • Susan Robie, Chair
    • Lynn Bryant
    • Cathy Ebling
    • Laurie Flowers
    • Ro French
    • Julee Haley
    • Becky Hallowell
    • Leslie Hammond
    • Francie Hill
    • Rebecca Imperiali
    • Sheridan Maguire
    • Janet McCue
    • Lisa Parker
    • Beth Payson
    • Elaine Quinn
    • Priscilla Schwarzenbach
    • Bobbye Lou Sims
    • Martha Smeallie
    • Ann Smith
    • Lisa Williamson

    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


    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.