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, Apr 18 Networking Event- ArtReach Wine Glass Fundraising Event

                            Click here to register for the Wine Glass Fundraising event.

Tues, Apr 25 Take Charge of Your Wealth–Take Control of Your Debt

Wed, May 3 United Way Annual Celebration – Mechanics Hall

May 17, 18, and 19 Dollar $cholar Conferences - Assumption College

                             Sign up now to be a Money Mentor!

Wed, May 24 Part II Take Charge of Your Wealth

Thurs, Jun 8 Member Celebration – Location TBD

Thurs, Sept 14 - United Way Annual Day of Caring

Wed, Sept 27 - Annual Stepping Up for Girls Event - Mechanics Hall

Become a Member Today by Donating $100 or More!

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