MassMutual Foundation is a lead sponsor of the Young Women’s Initiative (Springfield Partnership). The Young Women’s Initiative (YWI) is a national multi-sector project aimed at creating sustainable prosperity for young women. YWI is being crafted by a coalition of eight women’s foundations across the United States. The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts is leading the Springfield Partnership, a three-year pilot that will produce systems change in our region’s largest city. The MassMutual Foundation strives to broaden economic opportunity for America’s youth and their families, and their investment makes a direct impact in the lives and futures of our youth in Hampden County.
Partnering with Bay Path University to provide undergraduate or graduate credits to the students of our Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) has only highlighted Bay Path as a true industry leader in fostering innovative approaches to learning. As a flagship higher education institute, they have supplied the rigorous academic and administrative supports to provide a flexible, 21st-century education for leadership development at all stages of life and career. By offering this credit benefit to a diverse community, our leaders are better equipped to step into public service and make a lasting difference in the world.
Your Women’s Fund is proud to be a member of the Women’s Funding Network, a growing community of more than 100 women’s funds and foundations spanning 20 countries. Their mission is to bring together the financial power and influence of funders of gender equity in order to address and solve critical and complex social issues ranging from poverty to global security.
Prosperity Together is a nonpartisan coalition of public women’s foundations dedicated to improving the economic security of low-income women and their families in America. Prosperity Together seeks to provide ongoing leadership that creates a sea of change in America’s response to poverty—from complacency to equal opportunity. We seek to inspire greater state and national investments from government, business, philanthropy and institutions in promising best practices, programs and policies to create economic security for low-income women.
Your Women’s Fund is proud to be a member of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Coalition, a dedicated group of non-profits, advocacy groups and allied organizations who have joined together to help pass the Equal Pay Bill in Massachusetts. Together, we passed some of the most historic legislation in the nation to protect the rights, histories, and wages of workers in the Commonwealth.
The UMass Center at Springfield proudly hosts our LIPPI sessions in their state of the art learning environment. Located in the heart of downtown Springfield in Tower Square, the UMass Center at Springfield is a first-in-the-state partnership between the University of Massachusetts and other area institutes of public higher education. Through a combination of traditional in-classroom learning, advanced telecommunications, and other technology investments, the UMass Center provides college-course-specific opportunities not previously available in the area. Programming offered at the Center, which includes evening and weekend classes, enables students to pursue continued adult education, professional certification, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
The Mayor of Springfield and the Springfield Public School system are proud supporters of the Young Women’s Initiative (Springfield Partnership). The Young Women’s Advisory council (YWAC) meets in City Council Chambers.
Grant support received from the following:
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation
Irving and Sulamith Blackberg Charitable Foundation
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