United Way of Central Massachusetts

Women's Initiative

Women's Initiative is the premiere women’s leadership and philanthropy group in central Massachusetts.

We build, strengthen, and support the development of healthy, confident, and safe adolescent girls.

We empower girls through mentoring, educational opportunities, and financial literacy.

We create positive change for women and children in our community.

Join us today by donating a minimum of $100.

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July Member of the Month!

Lois Smith, Area Development Director of Boston, UNCF

Women’s Initiative is excited to learn that long-time member, Lois Anne Smith, just joined the Northern and Midwestern Development team of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) as the Area Development Director of Boston. Lois will support the 37 UNCF institutions by conducting annual, capital, and fundraising campaigns as needed. In addition to increasing contributions through donor stewardship and cultivation, Lois will also focus on increasing the visibility for the Boston and New England Area.

Anyone who has worked with or knows Lois personally can appreciate and celebrate this career move. Lois was raised in Boston (Roxbury and Dorchester), pursued a B.A. in Sociology from Northeastern University, and earned a M.Ed. from Antioch University. Lois brings to this position more than 25 years experience working in the nonprofit sector for various institutions and organizations including her recent role as the Senior Program Officer at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

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by volunteering with area youth, encouraging young leaders to set goals and achieve dreams.”

- Amy Garvey, student volunteer

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