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:
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.