Ways to Give
I began my tenure at the Boston Women’s Fund when I was recruited to the Board of Directors in 1995. I liked what I heard and immediately signed on for a term. One term became 2 terms; and then I became one of the co-chairs of the Fund. In 2000, I joined the staff as Director of Grants Program. These were the glory days. The Fund was expanding at a rapid pace, our 2000 Club endowment campaign was in full swing, and our grant-making reached a heady $600,000 per year.
In 2008 when it became clear that the economy was bottoming out, you could hear the sound of purses closing all across the state. The Fund weathered the downturn by cutting staff and reducing our grants budget. We funded fewer groups but continued to make grants up to $20,000 to women and girls doing critical work in their communities, such as those listed below:
- Homes For Families spearheaded a campaign that won a substantial increase in the MA Rental Voucher Program, thereby allowing 1,300 more families to get into homes across Massachusetts. Over the past five years, they expanded this program by 90 percent.
- Resilient Sisterhood Project brought awareness about the link between injustice (racial, sexual, environmental, food, and economic) and diseases of the reproductive system suffered disproportionately by women of African descent to many major hospitals and institutions.
- Women Encouraging Empowerment collaborated with Boston College and Casa El Salvador on a toolkit called “Know Your Rights” that is centered on a range of issues impacting migrants and undocumented immigrants.
- Five BWF Grantees actively participated in the coalition that obtained passage of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which was signed into law in Massachusetts on July 2, 2014. The collaborating partners were: the Brazilian Women’s Group, the Brazilian Immigrant Center, the Latina Workers’ Leadership Program of the Dominican Development Center , the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development, and Matahari: Eye of the Day.
There are so many more groups we would like to fund and ways that we can help our grantees further their work, but we need more money to do it. We have a three point plan to double our budget over the next two years and hope you will help us achieve our goal.
Energized by several donors who recently indicated that they plan to leave bequests to the Fund, we intend to formalize a planned giving program and publicize it broadly.
We’ve launched a campaign to attract the next generation of donors. Under the banner, Young Women Networking for Change, fifty women came together on a raw, windy night in October to learn more about and become involved in the work of the Boston Women’s Fund.
We believe that these targeted outreach plans are essential for the ongoing vitality and viability of the Fund. So, too, is your most generous support. If each of you doubles your largest gift to the Fund, we will be well on our way to increasing grant-making, revitalizing continuing projects, and launching new initiatives.
We intend to rejuvenate an array of educational and supportive activities including our brown bag luncheon series, where activists learn about the campaigns and strategies used by other groups pursuing social change and our half day best practices workshops for current and former grantees. We also plan to hold a film series on Feminism/Womanism.
The fastest way that we can double our budget is if you double your donation. Please open your purse to the Boston Women’s Fund and join an anonymous donor who got the ball rolling with a gift of $45,000 to support the activism of women and girls.
You know, when we first began the 2000 Club back in 1990, people shook their heads and said that it couldn’t work, couldn’t be done. Today, some people say that we can’t double our budget in 2 years but I know and you know that we can. Thank you in advance for your participation.
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Ways to Give
The simple act of making a gift creates a world of possibilities for women and girls in the Greater Boston Area. Your support plays a critical role in our efforts to build a movement. Whether you make a gift of $5 or $500,000, we put your donation to work by supporting grantees that attack the root causes of poverty, injustice and discrimination. Whatever you choose to give, your contribution makes a difference and is deeply valued.
The Boston Women’s Fund is a designated 501(c)3 organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions to the Fund are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. There are many ways to give and if you have any questions, please contact Catherine Joseph at (617) 725-0035 ext. 3003.
A gift to the BWF Annual Fund supports our yearly grantmaking, on-going program initiatives, and the organization’s infrastructure. The Annual Fund is our primary source of continuing support and sustains all the work that we do throughout the year. You can make a safe and secure gift by visiting us online at www.bostonwomensfund.organd clicking the “Donate Now” link, or by mailing a check to 14 Beacon Street, Suite 805, Boston, MA 02108.
Eastern Bank will continue to offer the Community Room giving program initiated by Wainwright Bank. The Fund is one among a number of local nonprofit organizations included in the Community Room program. You can visit www.communityroom.netonline to designate a gift to BWF.
Employer Matching Gifts
Many companies support the philanthropic interests of their employees and retirees by offering to partially or completely match your gift. Please contact your human resources department to find out if they offer a matching gift program. Most companies ask you to complete and return a short form or may require our tax identification number, which is 22-2475551.
Gifts of Stock
A gift of appreciated stock may provide additional opportunities for tax savings. Consult your financial advisor for details. To ensure proper processing of your stock gift, contact Donna Colahan at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, (978)739-9608 for more information.
Honor & Memorial Gifts
Celebrate a significant occasion – a birth or a birthday, a wedding or a graduation – with a gift to the Fund. Memorialize the life of a special friend or relative with a gift. We will send a special thank you to mark the occasion and include a special citation in our Annual Report at the end of the year.
Monthly giving allows you to give a set amount each month and spread your annual gift across the year. Each month your credit or debit card will be charged the designated amount which helps us maximize your dollars by minimizing our fundraising costs. To set up a monthly gift visit us online at www.bostonwomensfund.org and click on the “Donate Now” link.
Planned giving is a wonderful way to ensure that the Fund will continue for generations to come. There are several options including designating the Boston Women’s Fund as a beneficiary in your will, setting up a trust or choosing to make us a beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Please contact Catherine Joseph at (617) 725-0035 ext. 3003 for more information.
You can support BWF by contributing to Community Works, a federation of social change organizations through payroll deduction. If your employer doesn’t provide Community Works as an option, call (617) 423-9555 for information on how to bring the program to your workplace.
Many supporters also contribute in-kind gifts ranging from office furniture to professional services to free event space. Offers of donated printing and catering are particularly useful. We also appreciate contributions of time as much as treasure. If you are interested in volunteering please email email@example.com.