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Mission & Vision

Our History

Three local women - Dianne Doherty, Sally Livingston, and Martha Richards - traveled to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, in Beijing, China, in 1995 to learn about the plight of the world's women. Their experience inspired them to create the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts in 1997. The premise was, and still is, to mobilize significant resources to address the pressing needs of women and girls in our region.

Our Mission & Vision

The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts fuels progress toward gender equity by funding the most promising solutions, collaborating with results-oriented partners, and by elevating the collective power of local women to take charge, and to lead with purpose.

By advancing women's leadership, we will make western Massachusetts a national leader for gender equity where we all have the power to prosper economically, live a safe and healthy life, and thrive.

Our Work Is Informed by These Values

The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts strives to create a climate of economic empowerment.

In our society, gender powerfully affects experience and opportunity. We believe that investing in strategic
collaborations on behalf of women is the most powerful way to build a sustainable movement for gender equity.