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Since 1997, your Women’s Fund has awarded over $2.5 million to more than 150 nonprofit organizations. Your investment helps build long-term, sustainable, change through:

  • Leadership Development – 250+ women trained to lead your communities in public, private and policy leadership roles through our Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI).
  • Local Investment – 3 million women and their families in Massachusetts are impacted through our strategic partnerships and grant making
  • Shared Vision – Over $2,500,000 has been invested by you, and more than 4,000 like-minded donors. Together, we change the game, to change the world.

The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts fuels progress toward gender equity by funding the most promising solutions, collaborating with results-oriented partners, and by elevating the collective power of local women to take charge, and to lead with purpose.

Diversity Statement and Land Acknowledgement

The Women’s Fund is on a journey of discovering how our organization has benefited from systems of oppression in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties of Western Massachusetts. We acknowledge that our work takes place on the historic lands of Indigenous peoples, including Agawam, Mohican, Nipmuc, Nonotuck, Pocumtuc, and Wabanaki nations. We believe we must move along a continuum from awareness to acknowledgment to action. In the spirit of dismantling systems of oppression, we provide grants to organizations serving women and girls (with a focus on racial equity) and to regional Indigenous nations and/or organizations directly serving them.


Donna Haghighat


Jorene Lomenzo

Development Manager

Kelley Bryant

Director of Research and Advocacy

Sarah Monson

Senior Director of Philanthropy

Amihan Jennifer Matias

Senior Director of Community Partnerships

“The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.”

—Eleanor Roosevelt

Board of Directors


Luzed Guzman Romano, President
Lead Insurance Representative
Comparion Insurance Agency

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Vice President
Executive Director
CAIR Massachusetts

Lisa Ranghelli, Treasurer
Director of Assessment & Capacity Building
Public Health Institute of Western MA

Michele Equale, Clerk
Direct Product Management
Empower Retirement

Stephanie DiMichele
Director of Permanency
18 Degrees

J. Lynn Griesemer
Amherst Town Council
President & District 2 Councilor

Rania Kfuri
Philanthropy Officer
Baystate Health Foundation

Mia Lauer
Community Engagement Specialist

Shela Levante
Major Gift Officer
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Nancy Robinson
Senior Director of Operations
Food Bank of Western MA

Mehlaqa Samdani
Executive Director
Critical Connection

Rebecca Thibault
Partner Attorney
Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.

Victoria Worth
Adjunct Librarian
Northfield Mount Herman School

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    Springfield, MA 01103
    (413) 529-0087

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