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.

Staff

Donna Haghighat

Chief Executive Officer

Monica Borgatti

Chief Operating Officer

Julie Holt

Office & Events Manager

Christine Monska

Community and Youth Investments

Nikai Fondon

Youth Development Coordinator

Jorene Lomenzo

Development & Communications

“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


Officers

Haydee Lamberty-Rodriguez, President
Student Employment Administrator
Springfield Public Schools

Leigh Rae, Vice President
Non-profit Consultant

Fung Chow, CPA, Treasurer
Director of Tax
Brooks Brothers Group, Inc.

Pia Kumar, Clerk
Head of Corporate Development
Universal Plastics

Trish Bonica
Director of Human Resources
YWCA of Western Massachusetts
Founder of Survivor Recovery Fund

Kathy Cardinale
President
Cardinale Design

Denise Hurst
Vice President of Advancement & External Affairs
Springfield Technical Community College
Western MA Springfield School Committee Member at Large

Rania Kfuri
Communications & Partnerships Officer
Solidigo Foundation

Chelsea Kline
Community Leader

MaryLynn Murray
Vice President of Commercial Lines & Sales
Insurance Center of New England

Dora Robinson
Retired, former President and CEO of the
United Way of Pioneer Valley

Michelle Sears
Director of Finance
Health New England

Layla Taylor
Attorney
Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn LLC

Michelle Theroux
President
Berkshire Hills Music Academy

Anne Weiss
President
Weiss Consulting

Committee Roster


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee will make recommendations concerning the vision and structure of the fund. They will have the authority to make final decisions on all matters related to the WFWM. They will have primary responsibility for fundraising and for creating and monitoring the organization’s budget.

Haydee Lamberty-Rodriguez, President
Leigh Rae, Vice President
Katherine Cardinale
Fung Chow, Treasurer
Pia Kumar, Clerk
Michelle Theroux

Donna Haghighat, ex officio

Finance

The Finance Committee will monitor the budget, and financial statements of the WFWM.

Fung Chow, Chair
Suzette Fontaine Collins**
Leigh Rae
Nancy Robinson*
Felicia Seton*
Michelle Theroux
Melissa Williams*

Monica Borgatti, ex officio
Donna Haghighat, ex officio
Julie Holt, ex officio
Joellen LeGrand, ex officio

Investment

The Investment Committee will monitor the investment strategies and performance of the WFWM.

Michelle Sears, Chair
Lynn Hatch*
Louise Nicholas*
Ronda Parish**
Amy Santarelli*

Monica Borgatti, ex officio
Donna Haghighat, ex officio
Julie Holt, ex officio
Joellen LeGrand, ex officio

Governance/Nominating

The Governance/Nominating Committee will be responsible for identifying and recruiting directors and officers for the Board. They will also be responsible for orientation of new board members and advising on matters of governance and board development.

Michelle Theroux, Chair
Trish Bonica
MaryLynn Murray
Dora Robinson
Layla Taylor

Donna Haghighat, ex officio

Development

The Fundraising Committee will be responsible for identifying, educating and soliciting donors.

Layla Taylor, Chair
Rania Kfuri
Dora Robinson
Cary Szafranski*
Anne Weiss

Monica Borgatti, ex officio
Donna Haghighat, ex officio

Marketing

The Marketing Committee will be responsible for increasing public awareness of the fund.

Kathy Cardinale, Chair
Donna Haghighat, ex officio

Grantmaking

The Grantmaking Committee will be responsible for developing the grantmaking policies and procedures for the fund. They will oversee the grant selection process.

Leigh Rae, Chair
Denise Brown*
Pia Kumar
Lisa Ranghelli*
Hannah Richards*

Donna Haghighat, ex officio
Christine Monska, ex officio

LIPPI Advisory Board

Lisa Baskin*
Camille Butterfield Elliott*
Elizabeth Cardona*
Liz Dineen*
Kristen Elechko*
Rep. Tricia Farley Bouvier*
Patricia Hallberg*
Clare Higgins*
Chelsea Kline
Suzanne Larocque*
Kristin Leutz*
Dora Lewis*
Lida Lewis*
Suzanne Parker*
Alexandra Russell*
Rep. Ellen Story*
Katie Zobel*

Donna Haghighat, ex officio

YWI Advisory Board

Michael Clark*
Dawn Forbes-Distefano*
Denise Hurst
Lydia Martinez-Alvarez
Dora Robinson

Donna Haghighat, ex officio
Christine Monska, ex officio

*Community member




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Financial Profile

FY2017 Annual Report

FY2016 Annual Report

FY2015 Annual Report

FY2014 Annual Report