The Women’s Foundation of Boston (WFBoston) recently announced awards to nonprofits serving women and girls totaling $1.7 million. In this round of grants, WE CAN is receiving a $150,000 grant over three years.
The grant will fund increased access to their services for women in Hyannis and the Mid-Cape. The Hyannis site’s main purpose is to be a program delivery space for WE CAN’s one-to-one legal, financial empowerment, career/work support, and business support consultations, workshops, support groups, and personal development programs including PathMakers mentoring program and GROW groups for women entrepreneurs.
The Women’s Foundation of Boston’s 2023 grant cycle committed $1,149,000 to support women and girls in Massachusetts’s “Gateway Cities,” defined as midsize urban centers that anchor regional economies in the Commonwealth. Barnstable is a designated MA Gateway City.
“For too long women and girls have been underfunded by the philanthropic community,” said Christina Gordon, co-founder and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Boston. “It’s vital that we invest in the empowerment and advancement of the current and future generations of local women and girls, and we’re proud to support the important work WE CAN is doing to economically empower women in Barnstable County.”
WE CAN empowers and supports Cape Cod women to build pathways to stability and self-sufficiency. WE CAN has had a significant presence, primarily on the Lower Cape for more than 20 years. Last year, WE CAN helped more than 2,000 women. With a staff of 10 and more than 250 volunteers, WE CAN offers expert support and services as women navigate challenging life transitions such as job loss, homelessness, divorce, health issues, personal loss, financial troubles, and other crises.
“Having a location in the mid-Cape, in addition to our Harwich headquarters, will significantly increase opportunities for women to participate in our program offerings in-person, virtually, and through multilingual channels,” said WE CAN Executive Director Lisa Guyon.
The Women’s Foundation of Boston, Inc. is a nonprofit public charity that creates, funds, and accelerates high-impact economic and leadership programs that equip Greater Boston women and girls to be financially independent and successful leaders. WFBoston is becoming the primary vehicle for investing in women and girls in Greater Boston and is building a fast-growing network of female nonprofit and business leaders.
Visit wecancenter.org for additional information.