June 28, 2022


Just as we were ready to click the send button on our monthly newsletter centering Pride Month and joy, we learned of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion. Our team is frustrated, outraged, and devastated all at once. Boston Women’s Fund is committed to supporting grassroots organizations that are working in their communities toward reproductive justice. Reproductive justice, a framework developed by Black women, recognizes that tackling this issue requires addressing the interconnected nature of abortion access, birth justice, racial justice, bodily autonomy, climate justice, and economic justice. Give to Boston Women’s Fund so we can support organizations led by women, girls and gender-expansive individuals working at the intersection of these issues. You can also get involved by donating locally to the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and nationally to the National Network of Abortion Funds.

Our original June newsletter, complete with special announcements from the Boston Women’s Fund, is below. Thank you for your support — And please remember to take time to care for yourself today in whatever way you can. 

In Solidarity,
Natanja Craig Oquendo, Executive Director,
and the Boston Women’s Fund team
Happy Pride Month! We believe that liberation can not come to fruition without freedom for the LGBTQIA+ community — Freedom to love whomever you choose, freedom to marry whomever you love, freedom to choose how you build a family, freedom to express your full self, and freedom to pursue your dreams and live happily.

While there is still immense work to be done to usher in true equality, we know that making space for joy is critical in our fight for liberation. In the famous words of Audre Lorde, “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” 

We push back against the weight of oppressive forces and affirm our cultures, identities, and extraordinary contributions, not only through our work, but through caring for ourselves, prioritizing our own happiness, and celebrating everything that we are! Joy is restorative, and self-care is inseparable from the journey to justice.

As a part of our vision of a world where power, opportunity and access exist for all, this month, and every month, BWF supports and advocates for grassroots organizations serving the queer community. Check out our Instagram where we’ve been sharing local programs and events for the LGBTQIA+ community, hosted by our grantee partners and other incredible organizations in Greater Boston.

In furthering our work toward racial, economic, social and gender justice, we’re excited to announce that we’ve selected 12 grassroots organizations to support through our 2022 Community Impact Grants! Read on to learn more about who’s joining the BWF family, what actions you can take this month to get involved in grassroots activism for women, girls and gender expansive folks, how we’re finding our joy, and a deeper look inside this month at BWF. 
Announcing Our 2022 Community Impact Grantees!
Boston Women’s Fund is thrilled to announce our 2022 Community Impact Grantees! These organizations are supporting their communities through outstanding systems change work, leadership development and community organizing. 

To choose this year’s recipients, we evaluated all of our 2021 grantees alongside organizations selected by our community Allocations Committee as finalists in our Movement Building grantmaking process. We’re pleased to share that some of these grantee partners are new to the BWF family, while a number are partnering with BWF for the second or third consecutive year. This round also marks the debut of our seed funding awards, supporting emerging organizations with early investments.

Our Community Impacts grants are an extension of our dedication to transformative philanthropy, a philosophy that centers our grantees and constituents in our decision-making, values additional support beyond funding and dismantles harmful practices impacting women, girls, and gender-expansive people. Through this approach, we are looking forward to deepening our relationships with our grantees and supporting them in building their capacity, expanding their networks, and offering beyond the grant support. We’re honored to support the work of these incredible grassroots organizations and are excited for what we’ll do together in the fight for racial, economic, social, and gender justice.  

*Indicates multi-year funding
**Microgrant recipient
Job Opportunities with TSNE
We’d like to share a job opportunity from our family at TSNE. TSNE works to build a more just, equitable society of belonging by providing capacity building services, consulting and training services, and operational support to hundreds of nonprofits, foundations, community-based groups, and others working for social change. Much of their work supports leadership building of BIPOC and BIPOC-led organizations.

They are searching for a Cohort Learning Program Manager. This position is ideally suited for someone working through a strong organizational and leadership development lens with an understanding of capacity building. The starting salary is $85k, and TSNE is looking to hire as soon as possible. BIPOC encouraged to apply! Details here.
Introducing Our New Program Coordinators!
BWF is growing, and we are pleased to introduce our two new Program Coordinators working with our Youth in Transformative Philanthropy initiative, Sam Garcia and Genielysse Reyes!

Together, Sam and Genie will lead our Youth Leaders in awarding $25,000 to youth-led initiatives for social change in Greater Boston. We love their passion for equity and working with youth, and are excited for all that they each bring to the table.

Check out our Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn pages in the coming days to learn more about Sam and Genie!
In Memoriam
Boston Women’s Fund is remembering two incredible community leaders. Jinny Chalmers, an educator and incredible advocate for racial justice and equity in education, passed away in November of 2020. BWF is a proud partner and fiscal agent for The Jinny Chalmers Fund for Education Justice (JCFEJ), which was established to carry on Jinny’s work and honor her life. Jinny’s family invites you to gather in mourning, honoring and celebrating her life at an upcoming ceremony and reception on August 20th, from 1-3 p.m. at the Media Arts Center at Roxbury Community College in Boston. RSVPs are encouraged, and you can do so here.

We are also remembering Jean Entine, co-founder and former Executive Director of BWF, who passed away in May. Fiercely dedicated to working for social justice causes, Jean Entine was an incredible mentor and steadfast ally and founded the first iteration of our Youth Leadership program, Young Sisters for Justice. She is deeply missed and will forever be an invaluable part of our legacy. Her memorial service will take place on October 29th. at 2 p.m. at First Church in Cambridge and will be live-streamed. For more details on Jean Entine’s life and impact, read her obituary in the Boston Globe here.
Take Action
Call for Notaries to Volunteer with Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s Pilot Name and Gender Marker Change Initiative

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition is searching for notaries to support the pilot of their Namesake program to help trans and nonbinary folks with gender marker and legal name changes on their identity documents. Details on the program are here.

If you’re interested in signing up as a pilot participant to get your information changed, you can do so here. Find more info about MTPC’s Identity Document Assistance (IDA) network here.

Attend Love Your Menses' Period Pop Up

Love your Menses promotes menstrual equity, and supports girls and women through education, resource connection, and mentorship. They're hosting a Period Popup where people who menstruate can get free pads and tampons. Friday, July 8th. 5pm-7pm. Walker Playground. 550 Norfolk Street. Mattapan. Details here.

Register to Attend the Asian American Mental Health Forum

Asian Women for Health is hosting their 13th annual Mental Health Forum, "Building Resilience: Healing Trauma Across Generations." This Zoom event features a panel, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, and artist performances. Saturday, July 30th. 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Register here.

Sign on to Support the Black Girls Bill of Rights

Written by Black youth organizers from across the US at the 2016 Black Girls Movement conference, The Black Girls Bill of Rights is a document declaring the rights and privileges that Black girls, women, and gender expansive individuals deserve in order to thrive today. The document is a cornerstone of Girls for Gender Equity’s National Agenda for Black Girls platform. Show your support by signing the Black Girls Bill of Rights today! Details here.
Inside BWF
As we mentioned, the BWF team is centering joy this month! From watching the flowers and veggies in our gardens grow, having fun at BAMS Fest, and loving queer standup comedy to going on long walks and pride bike rides, belly laughing at Adrienne Maree Brown’s meme reposts, and watching our favorite shows, we have been prioritizing rest and happiness. Here’s what’s been giving us life throughout June.

What We’re Reading: A Book called “You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self Acceptance,” by Chani Nicholas; a lifestyle blog founded by Black women called crwnmag; and AFROPUNK’s culture section.
What We’re Watching: Visual art by Boston-based artist Gift Ponnapa; Sarah Kay’s spoken word performances; Author, comedian and poet, Alok’s Instagram page; and Ariana DeBose’s opening performance at the Tony Awards.

What We’re Listening to: “Break My Soul” by Beyonce, featuring Big Freedia; the “Ratchet and Respectable” podcast by Demetria Lucas; “Doing My Best” by Tank and The Bangas, and a podcast focusing solely on joy called “The Antidote.”
*Disclaimer: The above media do not reflect the views of Boston Women's Fund and are not endorsed by Boston Women's Fund. These are the items our board and staff are currently engaging with to further their learning and/or rest and find joy.
We’re pausing our newsletter for July and August as we dive deep into fall planning. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for the latest BWF news, programs, actions and events throughout the summer! 
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