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Thanks for Helping Us "Break the Chain (Link Fence)"!

"Break the Chain (Link Fence)," our month-long crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a new fence, gate, front steps, and other improvements to the entryway of the Women’s Center, ended successfully! Thanks to 40 generous donors, we raised over $3,500! We’re planning to have the work done this winter and spring.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the Women's Center safer and more welcoming to our guests. Special thanks to: Russ Adams, Paul Bausch, Heidi Carp, Pru Chapman, Robyn Dutra, Ruth Erickson, Ruth Erickson, Jill Fisher, Deb Glancy, Donna Halper, Martha White Jackson, Jane Morgenstern, Christine Radice, Rochelle Ruthchild, Theresa Tobin, and Jeffrey Harland Weinberg.

Women's Center Earns Gold Seal for Accountability

The Cambridge Women's Center has earned the 2018 Gold Seal from GuideStar, certifying that we have an ongoing commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits.

The GuideStar Gold Seal is a symbol of transparency and accountability. The Women's Center earned this designation by adding information about our goals, strategies, capabilities and achievements to our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile. Community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about the Women's Center on our profile page.

Please check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to learn more about us!

New Support from Foley Hoag Foundation

The Foley Hoag Foundation recently awarded a grant of $3,000 to the Cambridge Women's Center to support our Drop-In Program, which provides a safe space, 55 hours a week, where vulnerable women can get material assistance, informational resources and emotional support. We are deeply grateful to the foundation for their first-time donation.

The Foley Hoag Foundation was established in 1981 by the law firm of Foley Hoag LLC. Its primary mission is to support programs addressing inequality in its various forms, including but not limited to racial, ethnic or gender disparities.

For more information about the foundation, please visit their website.

Cambridge Community Foundation Supports 62 Nonprofits


The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) is distributing $535,000 in grants this spring to local nonprofit organizations, including the Cambridge Women's Center. The generous $5,000 grant from CCF will help to fund our Drop-In Program for Low-Income and Abused Women.

The only foundation focused exclusively on the needs of Cambridge residents, CCF supports a wide range of programs and services. This year, CCF is focused on addressing the urgent needs of residents, including immigrant families and workers.

"We are seeing growing community needs related to issues of economic security and immigrant issues that threaten the well-being of families, children, workers and the immigrant population in Cambridge," said Geeta Pradhan, president of the foundation. "We received a record number of requests from 100 organizations seeking funding this spring. The Foundation and its donors are committed to helping as many organizations as we can..."

The CCF has been providing financial support to nonprofits in Cambridge for more than 100 years. Nearly half of the nonprofits receiving funding in this spring cycle have been supported by CCF for decades.

"The Women's Center received our first CCF grant in 1976," said Development Coordinator Linda Pinkow. "The foundation has been an important partner with us in empowering and transforming the lives of vulnerable women. We deeply appreciate CCF's commitment to improving our community."

For more information about the Cambridge Community Foundation, please visit

Urban NYCHE Donates Professional Marketing Services


March 7, 2018: The Cambridge Women's Center is thrilled to announce our new professional partnership with Urban NYCHE Marketing, Inc. (uNm).

Urban NYCHE will be donating 10 hours of marketing services to the center each month to help with our social media and other marketing opportunities.

"We're deeply grateful to Urban NYCHE Marketing for donating their professional services and helping us spread the word about our programs and services," said Linda Pinkow, Development and Outreach Coordinator for the Cambridge Women's Center. "We're looking forward to working together, so that we can provide more opportunities to women in our community."

Tiffany Favers, Director of Programs, Volunteers, and House Management at the Center, added: "We at The Cambridge Women's Center are always excited to form new partnerships in the community. Working with Urban NYCHE Marketing, Inc is an amazing opportunity for us to further our outreach and engage with more women in our community! And even better to have this partnership with a woman owned organization. We are excited to see this relationship grow!"

For more information about Urban NYCHE, please visit

IWD 1971

Happy International Women's Day and Happy Birthday!

On March 8, 1971, a large demonstration marched through Downtown Boston and over the river to Cambridge to celebrate International Women's Day and call for women's rights. And then a smaller group, led by a determined group of activists, turned "Left on Pearl" and marched to 888 Memorial Drive, a little-used Harvard-owned building, and occupied it for over a week! They raised awareness of the need for women to have a space where we can find support, share information, and create projects to address injustice. From that action, the Cambridge Women's Center was soon born!

The photo above comes from Left on Pearl/888 Women's History Project, which tells the story of that march and occupation, and how it led to the creation of the Cambridge Women's Center, now the nation's oldest active community women's center!

Christmas at the Center

Trimming the tree

The Women's Center opened its doors on Christmas Day and served a festive holiday meal to our guests! A very special thank you to our food donors: Whole Foods Market, Wegmans (Medford), bfresh, 7ate9 Bakery, and Dave's Fresh Pasta. We're also grateful to Joelle and the Leacock family for helping organize and host the event! On behalf of our guests, thank you to our generous community partners!

East Boston Savings Bank honors
community service organizations

The Women's Center received a generous donation from East Boston Savings Bank on December 5th. Women's Center staff joined over 100 other local nonprofit leaders at a breakfast celebration in East Boston, where they enjoyed meeting and sharing information with other mission-based organizations.

EBSB honorees

(Above, from left to right) Edward J. Merritt, Executive Vice President, East Boston Savings Bank; Ruth Sheets, Founder/Principal of Ducks in a Row Consulting; Tiffany Favers, Women's Center Director of Programs; Linda Pinkow, Women's Center Development Coordinator; Jannie Kitchen, Cambridge Arts Council Fund; and John A. Carroll, Executive Vice President, East Boston Savings Bank.

Cambridge Women’s Center wins prestigious
“$100K for 100” grant from Cummings Foundation


(Above) Women's Center members celebrate our Cummings Foundation award.

The Women’s Center was one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program in 2017. The Center was chosen from a total of 549 applicants, during a competitive review process.

Representing the Women’s Center, Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Zehnder and Development Coordinator Linda Pinkow joined approximately 300 other guests at a reception on June 8 at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $170 million to local nonprofits alone.

Since 1971, the Cambridge Women's Center has been providing women with the resources they need to contend with domestic violence, sexual abuse, homelessness, poverty, racism, discrimination, and social isolation. Located in a welcoming, home-like environment, close to public transportation and wheelchair-accessible, the Center is open Mondays through Saturdays, 55 hours per week. The Center offers a Crisis Helpline, a Drop-In Program, and a varied schedule of support groups, educational workshops and other enriching activities. All programs and services are provided confidentially and free of charge.

The Women’s Center will use this generous grant to expand its free Drop-In Program, which provides crisis support, peer counseling, skill-building, computer access, and resource information for low-income, homeless and abused women.

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefiting 35 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth.

Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“Nonprofit organizations like the Cambridge Women’s Center are vital to the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to invest in their efforts.”

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention and affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1.4 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at

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