Womenade Community

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Education Meeting 2018

Re-thinking the Bang for your Buck: For years, donors have struggled with how to select organizations to receive their precious charitable donations. With so many organizations asking for funds, how can we make a choice? Yolanda Coentro, President & Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Nonprofit Practice helped us learn about the "Hallmarks of High Performing Nonprofits."

Members and guests alike gained invaluable insights about current trends in the nonprofit sector and - most importantly - how we, as individual and collective philanthropists, can direct our funds to the highest-performing  oorganizations.

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September 2017 Celebrating Impact

We celebrated our 7th anniversary as a giving circle and the impact we have had in the community! Our 2016 grantees returned to update us on the progress they have made since receiving a Womenade grant.

Our inspirational 2016 grantees:
Esperanza Academy
Silver Lining Mentoring
Budget Buddies
Elizabeth Stone House

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January 2018 Kickoff meeting

We launched another year of collective giving to Boston-area women and girls with guest speaker Tiziana Dearing, a national voice on social impact, social justice, inequality and poverty

How should we approach the non-profit landscape and assess where our grant money might be best used? How can we discern the organizations offering innovative solutions or most effectively serving their clients? And how should we prepare ourselves to engage in a respectful exchange of ideas with those we seek to support? We explored these questions and more to start our 2018 grant making season.


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June 2017 Voting Meeting

Womenade Boston heard our grant finalists present their programs and then selected our grantees for 2017. We were thrilled to welcome 9 grant finalists for 2017, and even more excited that each of these organizations is new to the Womenade Boston finalist circle! We awarded 5 grants this year from a stellar slate of finalists.

Finalist Programs Serving Women: Citizens for SafetyCity Mission, Inc.Hands to Heart Center - Yoga for the PeopleJeremiah ProgramSitters Without Borders 

Finalist Programs Serving Teen Girls: Brookview House, Inc.Friends of the Children BostonGirls Inc. of Greater LowellStrong Women, Strong Girls


April 2017 Education Meeting

Womenade Boston chose the subject of resilience as our education focus for 2017. A panel of experts and practitioners discussed their programs, their experiences, and how they work to foster resilience among their clients and in their own organizations. This is a crucial topic for many nonprofits serving at-risk populations.

Maria Ines Peniche, Member of the Dream9
Phuong Luong, Director of Financial Services - Compass Working Capital
David Delmar, Executive Director - Resilient Coders
Carole Thompson, Director, Community Programs - The Second Step
Eleni Kalmoukos, Managing Attorney - Victim Rights Law Center


January 2017 Kickoff Event

Womenade Boston started off 2017 with an inspiring night celebrating powerful women who blazed the trails that made Boston what it is today. Author and speaker Dina Vargo took us on a journey back in time and introduced us to these strong, creative, determined, resilient heroines. We celebrated women’s empowerment with our daughters, mothers, nieces and friends to kick off our 7th grant-making year!


Cookie Swap Fundraiser 2016

An afternoon at Blue Ginger, with special guest chefs from Needham's RFK Kitchen, dozens of delicious cookies baked by Womenade members, and autographed copies of the cookbook "Christmas Cookies: 50 Recipes to Treasure for the Holiday Season" written by Womenade Boston member and Boston Globe correspondent Lisa Zwirn. Thanks to everyone's generosity, we raised $3000 in support of an additional 2017 grant.

Meet Our Members


Cathy Fulton

Cathy Fulton has worked with troubled teens and families at risk throughout her career. First, as a social worker at Boston Children's Hospital and in private clinical practice, and later she assisted research projects in the fields of adolescent depression and domestic violence. She has worked in the field of Development, raising funds through event-planning and grant writing at a residential program for troubled teen girls and assisted at an alternative high school and educational testing organization. She has also volunteered extensively in event planning for local nonprofits who serve families in need.

She joined Womenade once she learned how far-reaching a community of like-minded women can be in helping local teen girls and women. The process of evaluating interested nonprofits with site visits and follow up discussion has been hugely interesting and fun for her.


Pam Messenger

Pam joined Friends of Post Office Square in 2007 as General Manager, providing direction and management of The Garage at Post Office Square and the Norman B. Leventhal Park - a first class mixed-use real estate project in Boston’s financial district. Before joining Friends, she spent 20 years as a senior real estate paralegal/department administrator at Palmer & Dodge LLP. Pam is a Director of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (Boston BID) and serves on its Executive and Finance Committees and as Chair of its Capital Improvements Committee; is a member of CREW Boston (formerly New England Women in Real Estate); is an Associate Board Member of A Better City and a member of its Challenge for Sustainability; and serves on the Boxford Town Democratic Committee, having recently completed nine years of service on the Boxford School Committee. She is a graduate of Wheaton College and holds a Master in Public Administration from Suffolk University.

“I’m on the Membership Committee and am usually handing out nametags at Womenade’s meetings. I joined Womenade (at Meg Bennett’s suggestion) because I am called to work for social justice and I appreciate the bigger impact of collective giving. As the mother of 2 college-aged daughters, I love Womenade’s focus on women and girls. Together we are reducing the achievement gap for urban teens, and hopefully removing some of the obstacles that keep so many women and girls from reaching their potential.”


Abby Detweiler

Abby Detweiler has spent her career in the education and non-profit sector. Abby is currently Director of Outreach and Program Operations at Primary Source, a non-profit educational organization providing programming and resources in global education for K-12 teachers.

Prior to joining Primary Source, Abby taught 3rd grade in the Medfield Public Schools. Abby loves travel, both domestic and international, and has particularly enjoyed her many trips to East Asia for both work and pleasure. She received a BA in American Studies from Wellesley College and an MAT in elementary education from Simmons College.

“I first learned about giving circles several years ago and the idea really appealed to me — working collectively to have a greater impact. It was icing on the cake that Womenade focuses its giving on programs for women and girls.”