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WFWM Receives $25,000 Grant to Support Women’s Leadership

SPRINGFIELD — The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM) announced it has received a $25,000 grant from Irving and Sulamith Blackberg Charitable Foundation, Stanley Waxler, Joan Waxlerm and Bank of America, N.A., co-trustees.

The unrestricted funds will directly support women and girls in Western Mass. who are participating in the Women’s Fund’s signature leadership-development programs, the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) and the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI). Both programs are dedicated to serving local women and girls in their personal and professional leadership development.

“We are honored to contribute to such a fine organization with ideals and goals which we strongly support. During these volatile times, the need to help women reach their full potential has become even more relevant,” said Stanley and Joan Waxler.

Added Women’s Fund CEO Donna Haghighat, “the Women’s Fund is ecstatic to receive this crucial funding from the Irving and Sulamith Blackberg Charitable Foundation. Their support for programs that elevate the collective power of local women and girls will make a significant impact on the lives and future professional development of our program participants. This funding will directly support our ability to serve more program participants, helping us to grow and serve local women in need of professional development.”

LIPPI is a non-partisan initiative that provides women with the tools, mentors, and confidence they need to become community leaders and elected officials. LIPPI trains women in the nuts and bolts of impacting policy from a citizen perspective, and develops leadership confidence through 11 intensive workshops held in downtown Springfield over 10 months.

YWI, a national, multi-sector project aimed at creating sustainable prosperity for young women, is a cooperative effort of eight women’s foundations across the U.S. The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts is leading the Springfield Partnership, a pilot program that aims to produce systems change in the region’s largest city.

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