Within a period of less than thirty years, the Fund awarded 5 million dollars in grants.
This fiscal year, our grantee pool included the work of some newer organizations in line with our core values. The Fund invited seven new projects, welcomed back a grassroots hip-hop group, and maintained its ongoing support for twelve long-standing women’s grassroots organizations.
With a sum of 20 grantees and total funds of $350,000, the Fund remains exceptionally proud of its support for women and girls-led efforts which includes new initiatives—all thanks to your involvement and contributions. Within a period of less than thirty years, the Boston Women’s Fund awarded 5 million dollars in grants. This makes us tremendously impressed and humbled by your enduring support.
Scores of remarkable women and girls-led community based organizations work tirelessly to increase the effectiveness of women and girls across the board. Here at the Fund, we work with those organizations to facilitate the gap between individual donor support and grassroots work in action. Project HIP-HOP, for instance, links artful youth expression with political organizing, while the Brazilian Immigrant Center works with their community and collectively acts as a unanimous voice to promote the rights of immigrant workers in the area. Organizations like MassCOSH, The Network/La Red and WILD are among the grassroots organizations that we have steadily funded over the years, based on their powerful work in the constant pursuit of racial, economic and social justice.
Other FY2012 grantees, such as Gedinka, Inc, the Mystic Learning Center, and the Genki Spark are organizations that received first-time funding. These grassroots initiatives seek social change through time-tested community organizing, workforce development, and educational advocacy. ¿Oíste?, for example, provides civic engagement training and leadership development techniques by and to low-income Latina women interested in taking a role in policy work. These women go through 12-week workshops that address the systemic issues Latina women experience in relation to domestic violence and health disparities. Following the workshops, the women gain fundamental skills to initiate policy work and to develop local social change campaigns around key community-related issues. Through its organizing project, the Brazilian Immigrant Center recognizes the link between domestic work and immigrant women of color, while it organizes around the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. These last two organizations stand with our other grantees working around the clock to address the injustices that affect many socially and economically marginalized communities in Massachusetts.
The Fund proudly supports projects that work in unison with women and girls in strengthening the viability of grassroots communities and applying strategic techniques to establish long-term, systemic social change. We welcome you in choosing the opportunity to invest in women’s and girls’ grassroots work. Ultimately, your investment assures systemic social change in many arenas. Our success, and the success of our grantee organizations, relies on your philanthropy and dedication to assuring all women live with rights and resources that sustain their commitment for realizing racial, economic and social justice for the whole community.