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The Boston Women’s Fund is not currently accepting new applications for funding at this time. We will post future funding opportunities as they become available.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 617-725-0035 ext 3002 or email: amy[at]bostonwomensfund.org.
The Boston Women’s Fund supports start-up and on-going women’s and girls’ organizations or projects that address racial, economic and social injustice. Our focus is on women and girls with the least access to resources, who have been excluded from full participation in society because of their race, class, age, ability, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression. Women and girls organizing on their own behalf are a priority for the Fund. For the Boston Women’s Fund, organizing is a collective action to challenge the status quo, demand changes in policy and practice, and educate communities about root causes and just solutions. The Boston Women’s Fund recognizes that there are a variety of stages and strategies that lead to community organizing. Therefore, we support strategies that build community, especially among women, encourage collaborations with other organizations, increase skills and/or access to resources and produce leadership from the constituency being most directly affected. The Fund and the Foundation are interested in developing the longevity of an organization and will support general operational expenses as well as specific projects.
Five Indicators of Social Change
The Fund believes that social change is most recognizable when certain changes can be observed, such as:
- Shifts in definition or reframing of issues: The issue is defined differently in the community or larger society.
- Shifts in individual or community behavior: People are behaving differently in the community or larger community.
- Shifts in critical mass or engagement: People in the community or larger society are more engaged.
- Shifts in Institutions/Policy: Organizational, local, regional, or state policies or practices have changed.
- Maintaining Current Position: Earlier progress on issues has been maintained, despite opposition.