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GRANTEE PARTNERS.

Between 1985 and 2021, the Boston Women’s Fund has awarded more than $6.8 million to over 347 organizations. These critical funds have provided seed money, program support, and operational funding for grassroots community efforts led by women+.

BWF’s inclusive grantmaking process supports the growth and efficacy of emerging social justice organizations that are often neglected by mainstream funding. BWF is deeply grateful for the work being done in our communities by our grantees.

CURRENT GRANTEE PARTNERS.

FISCAL AGENCY PARTNERSHIPS.

JINNY CHALMERS FUND FOR EDUCATION JUSTICE.

The Boston Women’s Fund is a proud partner and the fiscal agent for The Jinny Chalmers Fund for Education Justice (JCFEJ).

JCFEJ was established to honor the life of Virginia “Jinny” Chalmers and to carry on her work as an educator, a mentor, a community leader and a fierce advocate for racial justice and equity in education.

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HEALING JUSTICE FUND.

Healing Justice (Access Strategies Fund) has responded to the call from black and brown women, femme, and genderqueer people to promote leadership for women, genderqueer, and nonbinary people of color through healing and healing justice. The Fund has held workshops oriented toward working with the community to provide Black and Indigenous women, nonbinary, and genderqueer people of color (1) space for respite, healing, and connecting to the earth, self, ancestor, and each other, and (2) practices and principles for healing and healing justice to integrate into community and organizing. 

ASIAN WOMEN FOR HEALTH | $15,000 COVID-19 RACIAL JUSTICE RESPONSIVE GRANT


Asian Women for Health (AWFH) is a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellness through education, advocacy, and support. AWFH envisions a world where Asian women are well-informed, have access to care that is culturally appropriate and high-quality, and inspired to live happy, healthy lives.




BLACK BOSTON COVID-19 COALITION | $15,000 COVID-19 RACIAL JUSTICE RESPONSIVE GRANT


The Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition (BBCC) is a group of stakeholders and thought leaders from Boston who have formed a united effort to demand that decisions, policies, and actions taken and resources committed to its community of residents and businesses are effective. BBCC defines effective as successfully stemming the contraction and transmission of COVID-19, and leaving Black residents and Black businesses in a better place post-pandemic than before and during.




EASTERN WOODLANDS REMATRIATION COLLECTIVE | $15,000 COVID-19 RACIAL JUSTICE RESPONSE: SECOND YEAR GRANT AWARD


The Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective mobilizes folx at the grassroots level to rematriate our food and political systems. We prioritize the return of indigenous womxn, two-spirits, and youth to traditional territories and relationships with the earth. To heal and reconcile Greater Boston’s deep history of violent displacement and erasure of its indigenous peoples, we are building local food forests, small orchards, family garden beds and networks of support alliances with other marginalized and impacted folx in the food system.




ESSEX COUNTY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (ECCO) | $50,000 GRANT: $10,000 A YEAR FOR 5 YEARS


ECCO seeks to advance the power of immigrant women through its Women’s Leadership Group, which incubated and launched Shine Together, an immigrant women worker owned cleaning co-operative. This co-operative is the first of its kind in the North Shore of Boston and emerged from the struggles of immigrant women leaders’ daily experience. Its purpose is to create a community-based alternative to the brutal economic systems that push immigrant women and those living in poverty to the margins of our society. Through channeling the co-op’s energy into leadership development, business training, political education and local organizing campaigns, ECCO hopes to create more opportunities for immigrant women and non-immigrant women of color to address the root causes of poverty and step into their own power.




GRIMES KING FOUNDATION FOR THE ELDERLY | $15,000 COVID-19 RACIAL JUSTICE RESPONSIVE GRANT


The Grimes King Foundation is committed to improving the lives of elderly African American/Black women living in or on the edge of poverty in Boston.




JUSTICE FOR HOUSING | $25,000 MOVEMENT BUILDING GRANT


Justice for Housing is a grassroots organization committed to ending housing discrimination and homelessness for justice involved individuals. J4H has created strong partnerships with justice involved and formerly incarcerated women to build a movement to end homelessness for justice involved women in partnership with community-based organizations.




MASSACHUSETTS COALITION OF DOMESTIC WORKERS | $50,000 GRANT: $10,000 A YEAR FOR 5 YEARS


The Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers’ (MCDW) unique vision is to promote the dignity and respect of the 68,000 domestic workers in Massachusetts. It is MCDW’s sole purpose to reach them and their employers to let them know about the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. MCDW is working to create strategic collaborations with new allies and to mobilize and organize domestic workers throughout Massachusetts.




MASSACHUSETTS TRANSGENDER POLITICAL COALTION | $25,000 MOVEMENT BUILDING GRANT


The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) works to ensure the wellbeing, safety, and lived equity of all trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive people in Massachusetts. MTPC works to build broad-based participation and community power, build a statewide presence, and serve all of Massachusetts. MTPC is the only statewide organizing and advocacy organization focused solely on its communities – led by trans people, for trans people.




MATAHARI WOMEN WORKERS CENTER | $15,000 COVID-19 RACIAL JUSTICE RESPONSE: SECOND YEAR GRANT AWARD


Founded in 2002, Matahari Women Workers’ Center (“Matahari”) is a membership-based grassroots organization that organizes and develops the leadership of immigrant womxn and womxn of color employed in low-wage industries, particularly domestic work. Its mission is to end gender violence and exploitation. It has grown from a case management organization into the largest non-union community organization representing womxn workers in Massachusetts.




WOMEN ENCOURAGING EMPOWERMENT | $15,000 COVID-19 RACIAL JUSTICE RESPONSE: SECOND YEAR GRANT AWARD


Women Encouraging Empowerment Inc. works to educate, advocate, protect, and advance the rights of immigrants, refugees, and low-income women and their families through organizing, leadership development, and service delivery.




CAMBRIDGE WOMEN’S CENTER | $15,000 COVID-19 RACIAL JUSTICE RESPONSE: SECOND YEAR GRANT AWARD


The Cambridge Women’s Center aims to provide a supportive community space for all womxn by offering opportunities for empowerment, learning, healing, trauma support, and understanding. The Cambridge Women’s Center does not confine womxn to their biggest traumas and instead fosters a community for all womxn based on autonomy, mutual respect, and personal initiative. Their four-story drop-in space is open six days a week, offering safe spaces for cooking, reading, crafting, using the internet, and connecting with others. They also hold free groups and workshops led by volunteers and offer direct support from trained volunteers in-person and over the phone.




ASSOCIATION OF HATIAN WOMEN (AFAB) | $15,000 COVID-19 RACIAL JUSTICE RESPONSE: SECOND YEAR GRANT AWARD


The Association of Haitian Women (AFAB), a nonprofit community-based organization, is committed to providing the necessary tools for Haitian women to improve their social, economic, and political status. AFAB seeks to improve the lives of Haitian women in Boston with formal economic literacy training to help unemployed and low-income women achieve success in addressing their economic condition with pertinent information about financing, budgeting, identity theft, credit scores, and credit cards.