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Boston Women’s Fund is excited to share our 2022 annual newsletter: Radical Imagination for a Liberated Future!

This year, we set our sights on reimagining how philanthropy can make greater strides toward justice and liberation for the people BWF fights for every day — women, girls, and gender-expansive individuals from BIPOC, immigrant, refugee, LGBTQIA+, disabled, elderly, and low-income communities.

Inside the newsletter, you’ll find highlights of all that BWF accomplished in 2022 in addition to where we’re headed next. We also shine a light on our grassroots grantee partners’ life-changing work across Greater Boston.

This is an interactive document. All of the photo captions, grant recipient lists, and grantee features and spotlights, link to each grantee’s website so you can dive deeper into their work.

We hope you learn more about our incredible grassroots grantees and enjoy this look back at the heights we reached — we couldn’t have done it without your support!

With Gratitude,

The Boston Women’s Fund Team

BWF Annual Newsletter 2022 - Radical Imagination for a Liberated Future
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Leslie Credle is the founder and CEO of Justice 4 Housing (J4H), a grassroots organization committed to ending housing discrimination and homelessness for justice-involved individuals. Leslie knows how discriminatory practices impact formerly incarcerated people’s lives.

Her own complex experience as a returning citizen* fueled her drive to change Boston’s flawed system while helping others find a safe, permanent place to live.

"I owned my home, and [because] I had a safe, loving home to return to, [I believe] it is one of the reasons why my reentry was so successful," Leslie says in response to her work with Justice 4 Housing.

Leslie transformed her pain into purpose. Read on to find out how.

Meet Amanda Matoz-Gonzalez (she/her/ella), BWF’s new Board Treasurer! Her experience with BWF goes back to her time as a member of our youth leaders program in the 90s! Today, she’s looking forward to helping sustain BWF’s financial health and building our operational capacity. Outside of BWF, she’s Senior Manager, Assessments, at NeighborWorks America. Read on to get to know Amanda in our Q&A!

Can you share a little about your background in philanthropy or activism work?

"I was a member of the first cohort of the Young Sisters for Justice (in Philanthropy) program at the Boston Women’s Fund in the mid-1990s. It transformed my life. It was my first experience as a young woman that empowered me to be a decision-maker. What made the experience even more powerful was that my voice and experience was valued by adult women. As a member of the Allocations Committee, I helped make decisions that had powerful impacts on the lives of women and girls. Being a Young Sister, made me an agent for social change and justice."

What are you most looking forward to in your new role as Treasurer?

"This is an exciting time for BWF. In my role as Treasurer, my goal is to help sustain BWF’s financial health and build operational capacity."

Surprise — You have the day off! How do you spend your free time?

"Is it the summer or winter? If its cold, I’m turning into a binge-watching, couch surfer. There may be some wine-sipping, too :-)."

If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about philanthropy, what would it be?

"A place of belonging for marginalized folks."

What are two fun facts about you?

"I lived in Barranquilla, Colombia, and taught high school English, also I will dance pretty much anywhere."

What’s one quote that gives you life?

"This may sound cliche, but, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” by Lao Tzu kept me going through the pandemic. Like many folks, the pandemic derailed my plans and made me feel helpless. This quote reminded me to chill out and continue the journey, one step at a time."

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