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Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts Records, 1997-2009 (ongoing)
4 boxes (4 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 646

Abstract:
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.]

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveat: the collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.
  • Portions of collection are stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on 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.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

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.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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.]


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveat: the collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.
  • Portions of collection are stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on 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.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Women's Fund began donating their records to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2009. Periodic additions to the collection are expected.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, October 2009


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Abused women -- Services for -- Massachusetts -- History -- Sources
  • 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


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