Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts records
Scope and Contents
The records include grant applications by WFWM for its own funding, and by local organizations for funding from them; publicity materials; clippings about WFWM; Board of Directors manual; and photographs.
Dates of Materials
- Creation: 1993 - 2009
- Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the works created by The Women's Fund in this collection. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
Biographical / Historical
In 1995 Dianne Doherty, Sally Livingston, and Martha Richards traveled to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, in Beijing, China, to learn about the plight of the world's women. Their experience inspired them to create the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts in 1997. The premise was to mobilize significant resources to address the pressing needs of women and girls in Western Massachusetts. The WFWM, located in Easthampton, MA, advances social change philanthropy to create economic and social equality for women and girls in the region through grantmaking, strategic advocacy, and community collaborations. The program work addresses the core concerns of educational access and success, economic justice, and freedom from violence. The organization has three major strategies to achieve its goals: mobilize and support women's philanthropy; make strategic grants to nonprofit organizations that work with women and girls toward progressive social change; and advocate for system improvements for women and girls through research, education, and collaboration. Carla Oleska has served as executive director since 2006, and has been connected with the Fund since its inception, both as a grantee partner and donor.
5.584 linear feet (7 containers)
Language of Materials
Women's funding and advocacy organization located in Easthampton, MA, The WFWM advances social change philanthropy to create economic and social equality for women and girls in the region using three major strategies: mobilize and support women's philanthropy; make strategic grants to nonprofit organizations that work with women and girls toward progressive social change; and advocate for system improvements for women and girls through research, education, and collaboration. The records include grant applications by WFWM for its own funding and by local organizations for funding from them; publicity materials; clippings about WFWM; Board of Directors manual; and photographs. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]
This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Women's Fund began donating their records to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2009. Periodic additions to the collection are expected.
Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, October 2009
Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 2017-S-0050, Boxes 1-2 renumbered as Boxes 6-7
Genre / Form
- Computer media
- Electronic mail
- Financial records
- Grant proposals
- photograph albums
- Abused women -- Services for -- Massachusetts
- Charities -- Massachusetts, Western
- Poor women -- Massachusetts, Western
- Women -- Charities -- Massachusetts, Western
- Women -- Economic conditions -- Massachusetts, Western
- Women -- Education -- Massachusetts
- Women -- Employment -- Massachusetts, Western
- Women -- Massachusetts, Western -- Social conditions
- Women in community development -- Massachusetts, Western
- Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts records
- Finding Aid
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- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2017-07-26T17:48:23-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2021-07-02: Content description added from accession inventory
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063