BWF FY13 Grantmaking
This fiscal year, the Fund welcomed 4 new grantees and funded 17 returning grantees. The Boston Women’s Fund strives to support organizations funded in the past while acknowledging new grassroots efforts.
Boston Tenant Coalition (BTC), Boston, MA, $18,200
The BTC works with local grassroots partners and public housing tenant advocacy groups to promote affordable housing in Boston and trains Latina leaders who may run for and serve on resident/tenant task forces.BTC has been a leading voice in defending, supporting and expanding the rights of tenants and standing with Boston’s low-income populations.
Brazilian Immigrant Center (BIC), Allston, MA, $18,200
The Brazilian Immigrant Center is a grassroots organization whose mission focuses on the training, advocacy and organizing of immigrant workers.BIC actively supports current movement building among Massachusetts domestic workers—mostly immigrant women of color—to secure legislation and other policy changes necessary to advance and defend labor rights.
Centro Presente, Somerville, MA, $18,200
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.
Chelsea Collaborative, Chelsea, MA, $16,904
The Chelsea Collaborative’s City-wide Tenants Association (CTA) organizes low-income tenants, primarily female, who occupy public housing and who are victims of predatory lending. CTA members work to maintain neighborhood stability and to preserve the community.
Close to Home (C2H), Dorchester, MA, $17,600
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.
Gedakina, Inc., Hull, MA, $18,200
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.
Homes for Families, Boston, MA, $18,200
Homes for Families was founded on the belief that families and individuals who have experienced extreme poverty or homelessness must play an integral role in the movement to end homelessness. Their Leadership Development Institute educates, empowers and supports homeless mothers in their work to end family homelessness, to overcome poverty, and to promote social justice.
Mass Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH),
Dorchester, MA, $17,600
MassCOSH’s Teens Lead @ Work provides young women with the tools and support they need to address the unique issues young women face in the workplace and in other aspects of their lives, such as sexual harassment/violence, self-esteem, and self-worth.
Merrimack Valley Project, Lawrence, MA, $17,600
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.
My Life My Choice (MLMC) at Justice Resource Institute, Boston, MA, $15,430
My Life My Choice (MLMC) is a groundbreaking, nationally recognized initiative designed to stem the tide of commercial sexual exploitation of adolescent girls. MLMC offers a unique continuum of practicums spanning provider training, prevention groups for vulnerable adolescent girls, case consultation, and survivor mentoring to young victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Mystic Learning Center (MLC), Somerville, MA, $11,800
The Mystic Learning Center (MLC) supports the endeavors of low-income girls and families living in the Mystic Public Housing Development. The MLC’s Books of Hope program serves predominantly Haitian and Latino young women through training in creative writing, performance, public speaking, and entrepreneurship. It provides opportunities for them to tell their stories, expand critical thinking, speak out about issues that matter to them, receive support from female mentors, and develop leadership skills.
¿Oíste?, Boston, MA, $13,600
¿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.
Project HIP-HOP (PHH), Roxbury, MA, $18,200
Project HIP-HOP (PHH) is a youth-led organization bridging artful expression and political organizing. Using hip-hop, the organization teaches youth to use the genre as a powerful tool to educate and motivate their community. This grant supports their work to increase the voices of young women who use hip-hop as a tool to challenge misogyny and all forms of oppression.
Reflect and Strengthen (R&S), Dorchester, MA, $17,600
R&S is a grassroots collective of young working class women from the urban neighborhoods of Boston who take a holistic approach to organizing in order to create personal and social transformation. Their programming focuses on political education, creative expression, community building, and campaign work to end racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.
South Boston en Acción (SBEA), South Boston, MA, $17,600
SBEA is a neighborhood-based, member-driven organization empowering Latino families to create change that will lead to personal and community advancement. SBEA promotes residents’ acquisition of information and other resources to achieve their individual goals and their development of leadership skills and collective power to achieve community improvement.
The City School (TCS), Dorchester, MA, $17,600
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, Jamaica Plain, MA, $12,038
The Genki Spark utilizes taiko drumming as a vehicle to reclaim cultural pride, promote the voice and visibility of Asian women, and build a cadre of women leaders who are passionate about creating a world where everyone is valued and respected. Through demonstrations and workshops, the Genki Spark encourages cultural pride and progressive social change, spreading a bold message of empowerment for Asian American women.
The Network/La Red (TNLR) , Boston, MA, $18,200
The Network/La Red seeks to raise awareness of and community responsibility for lesbian/bisexual/transgender domestic violence. Through a combination of education outreach, solidarity events, community collaborations and media activism, they aim to create a climate of intolerance for domestic violence and assist in making the connections between partner abuse and other social justice issues and movements.
Women Encouraging Empowerment (WEE), Revere, MA, $16,428
WEE was established in 2010 by a group of immigrant women and allies in response to the social marginalization of refugee and immigrant women in the neighborhoods of Revere, Winthrop, Chelsea, and East Boston. They aim to support these women in empowering themselves to become lead organizers for social change in their communities.
Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD), Boston, MA, $18,200
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), Jamaica Plain, MA, $17,600
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.