May, 2015—The Franklin County Women's GARDEN Project—an acronym for Growing Agricultural Resilience and Developing Economic Networks—is funded with a three-year, $60,000 grant from the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts.
January 22, 2015—Responding to its eco-minded constituency, the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts this year opted to produce an interactive, electronic annual report that can be accessed anywhere – saving four weeks of production time and thousands of dollars in printing, postage, and handling costs while improving donor relations.
January 21, 2015—The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce will launch its annual CEO luncheon program on Feb. 11 with Elizabeth Barajas-Román, CEO of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, as the keynote speaker.
August 27, 2014—The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts has awarded some $240,000 in partnership grant commitments to organizations in the four counties, including ones that work in the area of foster care, teen pregnancy prevention and with incarcerated mothers. "The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts leverages the power of partnership to positively change the landscape for women and girls in Western Massachusetts," said Elizabeth Barajas-Román, the foundation's new chief executive officer.
August 8, 2014—The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, which engages in grantmaking to support economic and social equality for women and girls in western Massachusetts, announced that it has named Elizabeth Barajas-Román as its new chief executive officer. She succeeds Carla Oleska, who stepped down after eight years to become vice president of Institutional Advancement at Elms College where she had previously worked for 22 years.
March 25, 2014—The event is part of a larger effort, called the 100 Good Men Campaign, with several ambitions: to connect men in Western Mass. to the mission and impact of the Women’s Fund, to celebrate and publicly acknowledge men’s support of the women and girls in their lives, to educate the community about the cooperation between women and men in meeting social challenges, and to encourage men’s philanthropic support of the Women’s Fund.
The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and tickets cost $100. Like all money the Women’s Fund takes in, proceeds will be deployed in the four counties of Western Mass.
September 21, 2013—Mass Live article with video of our Power Up County Gatherings and conversations around the release of our Status of Women in Western Massachusetts Report and changes in grantmaking.
February 14, 2012—The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts is proud to have been selected as a 2012 Difference Maker by Business West Magazine. Many thanks to all our supporters who have shared in this 15 year journey with the Fund. From our current board to our past, from our current committee members to our former, to our passionate grantees, our inspired donors, our visionary corporate sponsors and partners, and our three founders.
January 17, 2012—Chief Executive Officer Carla Oleska, Director of Grants and Programs, Julie Kumble, and Board President Shonda Pettiford from the Women’s Fund of Western Mass. will discuss the $150 thousand dollar fund they have available to award grants of up to $15 thousand dollars to organizations and programs serving women and girls in the 4 counties of Western Mass.
November 22, 2011—At the fund's annual benefit on November 2, Shirley (Shirl) A. Simolari won the bid to have lunch with international philanthropist Jennifer Buffett, president and co-chair of the NoVo Foundation. Read about Shirl and all of her passions as she gives back to her community and talks about philanthropy and what it means to her.
November 22, 2011—Lovely article by Maureen Sullivan in Pioneer Valley Life section of the Republican talking about our Annual Celebration and how thanks to the Fund, she learned anyone can be a philanthropist.
November 15, 2011—Carla Oleska, CEO of the Women's Fund, Julie Kumble, Director of Grants and Programs and Development Director Claudia Pazmany share information about the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact.
The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts wants local women to make an impact on social change by getting involved in civic affairs including running for political office.