Women’s Initiative

Women’s Initiative

  • Ignites positive change for girls through philanthropy and women’s leadership.
  • A volunteer-based women’s group whose vision is to be the premier women’s philanthropic and leadership group in Central Massachusetts funding programs that improve the lives of girls.
  • Part of a national trend of women engaging in philanthropy, organized to create a powerful force to effect change in society.
  • Works with volunteer committees of community leaders engaging more than 1,000 members and 2,000 donors.
  • Raises funds for its work through an annual campaign for programs that improve and empower the lives of girls through mentoring, educational opportunities, and financial literacy.


Strengthening Girls … Empowering Women

Women’s Initiative News


Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM) has announced that it has received a $150,000 posthumous gift from long-time friend and supporter, Mrs. Jeanne Curtis.


Women's Initiative Partners

  • African Community Education
    • Express Yourself Program
  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
    • Girls Voice Program
  • Clark University
    • All Kinds of Girls
  • Family Health Center
    • Girls on the Run at Sullivan Middle
  • Girl Scouts of Central and Western MA
    • Be a Friend First (BFF)
  • Girls, Inc.
    • Dear World: Voices of Worcester Girls
  • Latino Education Institute
    • Latina Achievers in Search of Success
  • LUK Crisis Center
    • Project Shine
  • Seven Hills Family Services
    • Just Us Girls
  • YOU, Inc.
    • ASCEND
  • YWCA of Central MA and Girls Inc.
    • Girls Promoting Safety

Click here to view a list of our 2016-2017 funded programs.

Upcoming Events


 2017 Events Calendar

Tues Aug 29     New Member Orientation

Thurs Sept 14    Day of Caring

Tues Sept 19     WLC Fundraising Training

Tues Oct 17      WLC Strategic Planning Session

Wed Sept 27     Stepping Up for Girls Event

Wed Oct 11      Taste of Mindfulness Workshop (Session 1)

Wed Oct 18      Taste of Mindfulness Workshop (Session 2)

Fri Oct 20         WI Funded Program “Storytelling Workshop

Wed Oct 25      Taste of Mindfulness Workshop (Session 3)

Wed Nov 1       Taste of Mindfulness Workshop (Session 4)

Wed Nov 8       Taste of Mindfulness Workshop (Session 5)

Wed Nov 15     Taste of Mindfulness Workshop (Session 6)

Nov 20 and 21       Dollar $cholar Conferences

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Investing in Girls Alliance:

WI is pleased to be a part of the Investing in Girls Alliance.

Investing In Girls Alliance – The Investing in Girls Alliance is an outcome of the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth at Risk in the City of Worcester. The group was brought together to address the recent rise in violence among adolescent girls in the local community. Learn more