PAST 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 women-led grassroots community efforts.
Through BWF’s inclusive grant-making process, emerging organizations are able to grow, and effective social change organizations that are often neglected by mainstream funding continue to contribute to the integral base for social justice reform. BWF is deeply grateful for the work being done in our communities by our grantees.
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.
ASSOCIATION OF HAITIAN WOMEN (AFAB)
AFAB was founded in order to help ease the severe difficulties that Haitian women face as they adjust to life in the United States. The organization’s primary goal is to provide Haitian women with the tools needed for self-empowerment and for enhancing their ability to improve the quality of their lives. AFAB’s economic empowerment project works with unemployed and low-income women to achieve success in addressing poor economic conditions with relevant education, through developing personal financial plans, and through collectively advocating with the City of Boston to address some of the root causes of poverty.
Founded in 2004 by young people, first time grantee Beantown Society wants to end the violence that they faced as youth in their own lives. She Rise Up is an initiative to more systematically support young women of color to lead youth programming and community projects.
BOOKS OF HOPE AT MYSTIC LEARNING CENTER (MLC)
BOSTON TENANT COALITION (BTC)
BRAZILIAN IMMIGRANT CENTER (BIC)
BRAZILIAN WOMEN’S GROUP
CAMBRIDGE WOMEN’S CENTER
Fostering the empowerment of the Boston Latina population within their youth organizing program Pintamos Nuestro Mundo/We Paint Our World, Centro Presente offers a safe, inclusive and democratic space where young Latinas learn how to use analytic tools to explore the root causes of sexism, racism, and classism, and develops the skills necessary for Latina youth to become strong leaders in their community.
The Chica Project works to close the opportunity gap for Latina and other women of color by empowering them with the skills, confidence, and the networks necessary to thrive personally and professionally. The Chica Project provides a safe community for participants to develop cultural pride and a confident personal identity; build self-esteem and self-love; decrease high school absenteeism and to increase college enrollment and graduation rates; improve the employment rate and quality of jobs for people of color; and to reduce the rates of teenage and unwanted pregnancy.
CLOSE TO HOME (C2H)
Close to Home (C2H) engages all community members—youth, family, friends, neighbors, merchants and leaders—in designing and implementing community-centric solutions to prevent and respond to domestic and sexual violence.
COMMONWEALTH TENANTS ASSOCIATION (CTA)
Seed funding for CTA supports their No More in My Neighborhood campaign to fight violence against women and girls. CTA plans to organize and build the leadership skills of women and girls so that they empower themselves to speak up and organize against violence in their lives.
DOMINICAN DEVELOPMENT CENTER (DDC)
EASTERN WOODLANDS REMATRIATION COLLECTIVE
EX-PRISONERS AND PRISONERS ORGANIZING FOR COMMUNITY ADVANCEMENT (EPOCA)
FAMILIES FOR JUSTICE AS HEALING
Families for Justice as Healing (FJAH) is a grassroots abolitionist organization whose mission is to end the incarceration of women and girls. Founded in 2010 by women inside federal prison who made a commitment to keep fighting for their sisters when they came home, FJAH is led by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and the daughters of incarcerated parents.
A multi-generational endeavor strengthening the cultural identity and knowledge of Native American youth and families of New England. Returning to traditionally Native American cultural values, Gedinka, Inc. cultivates the health and wellness of Native American women and children through community-based initiatives and regional alliance building.
GIRL TALK THEATRE
HOMES FOR FAMILIES (HFF)
I HAVE A FUTURE
I Have a Future builds the power of youth across the state through leadership development, direct public action, and policy change. IHAF’s leadership and constituents are both reflective of those most affected by the issues of youth unemployment and youth criminalization, and young women of color from Boston.
MASSACHUSETTS ALLIANCE ON TEEN PREGNANCY
MASS COALITION FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (MASSCOSH)
A grantee for 7 years, MassCOSH’s Teens Lead at Work builds the power of Boston’s young women to fight against unsafe, unhealthy, and illegal workplace abuse through youth organizing peer leadership. They plan and facilitate violence and harassment prevention workplace trainings, via a Leadership Academy, and Safe Jobs poster contest. They also support Child Labor Laws and fight against exploitative employers.
MATAHARI WOMEN WORKERS’ CENTER (FORMERLY MATAHARI: EYE OF THE DAY)
MERRIMACK VALLEY PROJECT
The Merrimack Valley Project fosters the leadership capacity of women by working with local women and men to act together in fighting foreclosures and post-foreclosure evictions in Lawrence, Lowell, and the surrounding areas. In 2014, they focused on the issues of immigration and jobs with justice.
MY LIFE MY CHOICE (MLMC) AT JUSTICE RESOURCE INSTITUTE
MLMC is a groundbreaking, nationally recognized initiative designed to stem the tide of commercial sexual exploitation of adolescent girls. Through victim-centered mentoring, prevention education and advocacy, MLMC is educating and empowering girls to find a positive life path and working to eliminate the violence of sexual exploitation. MLMC offers a unique continuum of services spanning provider training, prevention groups for vulnerable adolescent girls, case consultation, and survivor mentoring to young victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR
Neighbor to Neighbor Worcester Chapter works to transform the current political system by building the political power of the low-income community. In the upcoming year, N2N will continue to develop the leadership of women activists in Worcester, as well as recruit new leaders, by supporting women in addressing the problems that affect their lives, resulting in self-empowerment.
NEIGHBORS UNITED FOR A BETTER EAST BOSTON (NUBE)
NORTHEAST CENTER FOR TRADESWOMEN’S EQUITY
The Northeast Center for Tradeswomen’s Equity (NCTE) is a Massachusetts-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping women find careers in the union building trades. NCTE’s work is more than a campaign; it is a movement with a big goal: to have 20% women in the building trades by 2020.
¿Oíste? addresses the lack of Latina political representation and civic participation in Massachusetts and aims to increase the political, economic and social standings of the Latino population. The Latinas Por El Cambio program advocates for Latinas’ empowerment within low-income communities to lead collaborative, local issue-based campaigns to solve community problems.
PLEASANT STREET NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK CENTER
PROJECT HIP HOP (PHH)
A grantee since 2010, PHH trains young artists as cultural organizers to create performances that inform the community and inspire them to get involved within the movement social justice movement. PHH creates supportive opportunities for female artists to deepen their analysis about gender oppression and to build their confidence as performers and cultural organizers.
REACHING OUT ABOUT DEPRESSION
ROAD is a community-based program created by and for women who are suffering in low-income communities with depression and its related issues. All services are offered free-of-charge. By creating a network of support in the community, ROAD helps women experiencing stress or depression understand that they are not alone, while offering strategies and resources to promote their self-empowerment and improved quality of life. ROAD offers leadership opportunities for women who join the network so that they can become peer supports for their fellow ROAD members and change agents in their communities.As a community-based support system for low-income women, ROAD also actively educates, trains and influences the mental health and social service provider community about the complex needs of the women ROAD serves. BWF has offered on-going funding to support the ROAD workshop series and social action events.
REFLECT AND STRENGTHEN (R&S)
REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE CENTER (RIAC)
RIAC offers a wide variety of services and programs whose mission is to promote self-sufficiency, foster support, and increase successful resettlement. Its Somali Leadership Initiative offers structured training, outreach, and support for young female participants who are organizing or participating in community activities and giving back to the community.
RESILIENT SISTERHOOD PROJECT (RSP)
RSP was founded in 2012 with a focus on Black women and young adults from all socio-economic backgrounds with an organizational priority on women with the least access to resources. Seed money from BWF will support RSP’s work to address deeply rooted racial discrimination, oppressive gender norms, environmental/food injustice, and other social determinants of health that perpetuate silence and inaction surrounding diseases of the reproductive system that disproportionately affect women of African descent.
SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION (SJE)
A grantee since 2012, SJE is devoted to developing the leadership of girls and young women from oppressed communities in and around Boston. Girls and young women learn how to gather themselves in self-identified concerted organizing projects to address the pressing needs of their peoples, particularly those facing girls and women.
SOLUTIONS AT WORK
Founded homeless individuals and run by staff with experiences of poverty and/or homelessness, Solutions at Work is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing individuals and families with resources and opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence and to achieve self-sufficiency.
SOUTH BOSTON EN ACCIÓN (SBEA)
A grantee since 2010, SBEA is a neighborhood-based, member-driven organization empowering Latino families to create social change that will lead to personal and community advancement. SBEA promotes Latina residents’ access to information and other resources in order to achieve their individual goals and to continue their development of leadership skills and collective power by achieving community improvement within South Boston’s public housing developments.
Survivors, Inc. engages in outreach, advocacy, and educational work around welfare issues in their communities. They work for access to education for low-income women, advocate for affordable tuition and childcare, and to expand the type and amount of education and training that can be counted as work hours for welfare recipients.
Teen Voices supports and educates teen girls to amplify their voices and create social change through media. The Boston Women’s Fund has provided Teen Voices a grant to support their Girls’ Media Activism Project. This project combines writing, technology, and media literacy to promote organizing and media activism. Involving two section of the magazine—Say What?! and Media Watch—teen editors working with college-age mentors continue to identify injustices articulated both in advertising (print and web) and in the media, provide analysis from a teen girl perspective, and finally, offer concrete action steps for teen girls to mobilize and implement change.
THE CITY SCHOOL (TCS)
TCS’ Rose from Concrete is a leadership development program working with young women. These women learn to address societal issues they are directly affected by, support one another, and develop the skills and training to become Boston’s future community educators, organizers, and organizational leaders.
THE GENKI SPARK
A grantee since 2011, the Genki Spark is a multi-generational, pan-Asian women’s initiative that embraces the concept of “arts activism” as a strategy for personal transformation and social change. They utilize Japanese taiko drumming, storytelling, and creativity as powerful organizing vehicles to bring people together and emphasize the importance of personal, cultural, and community pride.
THE NETWORK/LA RED (TNLR)
A grantee for over 20 years, TNLR’s Community Organizing Project aims to create a climate of intolerance for domestic violence among lesbian, transgender and bisexual women and assist in making the connections between partner abuse and other social justice issues and movements. TNLR does this through a combination of community education/outreach/organizing, solidarity work, community collaborations, and leadership development of survivors.
WELLESLEY CENTERS FOR WOMEN
The Wellesley Centers for Women has been a driving force – both behind the scenes and in the spotlight – promoting positive change for women and men, girls and boys for more than 30 years. The groundbreaking work is dedicated to looking at the world through the eyes of women with the goal of shaping a better world for all. Since 1974, WCW has conducted interdisciplinary studies on gender equity in education, gender violence, sexual harassment in schools, child care, adolescent development, women’s leadership, and more. WCW maintains a special relationship with the Stone Center Counseling Services of Wellesley College where the work and theoretical focus of the Stone Center are incorporated into the clinical work and programs of this College service. Support from BWF will help to fund studies of gender policy in US jurisprudence.
WOMEN ENCOURAGING EMPOWERMENT (WEE)
Women Encouraging Empowerment Inc. (WEE) 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.
WOMEN’S INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (WILD)
WILD is a multi-racial, multi-cultural women’s organization that supports women’s empowerment as they become more effective leaders and organizers in their workplaces, communities, and the Massachusetts labor movement.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP SETS (YLS)
Youth Leadership Sets is a leadership training program organizing over 150 youth and their families from three different Boston public schools. They conduct peer counseling training, work on emotional literacy, and build community in circles during the school day and in their afterschool program.