Founded and funded by women, the Women Working Wonders Fund allows women to take advantage of their unique motivation to impact their community. Through the power of collective philanthropy, the Women Working Wonders Fund will specifically serve to:
Assist Women in Transition
Forty years of research shows that social investments in women reduce poverty, raise productivity and accelerate economic growth. This Fund will encourage women to build on their strengths and increase self-worth. In addition, a higher level of self-esteem will be passed along to future generations.
Provide Leadership Development
The Women Working Wonders Fund will support organizations and activities that contribute to leadership development in girls and women.
Contribute to the Beautification of the Environment
The Women Working Wonders Fund will support environmental beautification projects that provide a platform for women to showcase their commitment to maintaining the distinct character of their community.
Women Working Wonders just made 15 years of history!
Well behaved women seldom make history.”
-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Lowell, MA – More than 120 guests gathered at Vesper Country Club in Tyngsboro on April 30, 2019, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Women Working Wonders (WWW) Fund and applaud past successes, present good fortune, and the future of women in philanthropy.
The WWW Crystal Campaign event raised $246,015 to surpass an endowment campaign goal of $1 million to ensure the future success of WWW and provide the means by which women can engage actively and meaningfully in the community.
“What a wonderful and exciting evening! Lowell has had a history of generous, progressive thinking women, and this group is continuing that legacy,” noted Terry O’Connor, one of WWW’s founders and WWW Crystal Campaign event co-chair. “A dream has come true! Be proud of your power,” said Brenda Costello, another of WWW’s founders.
What began in 2004 as a small group of women coming together to found a collective giving organization focused on women’s issues now has made 36 grants of $5000 to organizations supporting women and girls in the Greater Lowell area, creating positive change in countless lives!
“I think back to 2004 when the leadership group of thirteen women gathered to figure out how to launch this idea,” said Linda Chemaly, one of WWW’s founders and WWW Crystal Campaign event co-chair. “Now with over a million dollars in our endowment, I look around this room and see all the young faces and feel this amazing energy and I think job well done! Thank you!”
A fund within the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, the Women Working Wonders Fund supports programs that empower women and girls to effect positive change in the community. The Crystal Campaign event held on April 30th was in addition to WWW’s signature “Power of the Purse” event held annually in October.
“On behalf of our trustees, we are grateful to all of the women who have the courage to make waves in order to help women and girls in our community thrive,” said Bopha Malone, WWW board president. “We are also appreciative of the opportunities to learn from our founding mothers, and look forward to developing future women leaders as well as continuing to support organizations that empower women and girls to reach their full potential.”
Women Working Wonders Crystal Campaign Sponsors
Crystal Challenger ($50,000)
Nancy L. Donahue
Clear Quartz ($15,000)
The Chemaly Family
Dr. Shamim Dahod
Carol S. Duncan
Terry and Jack O'Connor
Rose Quartz ($5,000)
Susan West Levine
Meghan Mahoney and Christopher Finneral
Cintrine Quartz ($1,000)
Jeanne and Bob Union
Mary Beth Burwood
The Gilchrist Family
Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union
Susan Anton Pasanen
Jody and Pam White
the Power of the Purse …plus!
In October of each year, the WWW Fund hosts our signature “Power of the Purse Plus” event, featuring live and silent auctions, designer cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a buffet dinner, and — of course — everyone’s favorite accessory: purses! The "Plus" in this year's event was the opportunity to bid on fabulous high-end accessories, including sunglasses, jewelry, and more. It was, as always, the “don’t miss” event of the season!
Power of the Purse Plus raises funds for grants to empower women and girls. This year the WWW Fund is pleased to offer five $5,000 grants to area nonprofits to fund programs that assist women in transition, provide leadership development in girls, and contribute to the beautification of the environment. WWWF has distributed 41 grants since our inception in 2004, creating positive change in countless lives!
Over the past fifteen years, the Women Working Wonders Fund has benefited from collaborative partnerships with the Hunt Alternatives Fund, Bloomingdale’s, and Lowell Sun Charities to present events that have raised funds and awareness of our mission and the incredible work of women in philanthropy and community service.
This year's Power of the Purse Plus features an incredible raffle with an opportunity to win four amazing Tory Burch purses - one for each season! Raffle tickets are $50 and only 100 will be sold. You do not need to be present to win!
Capture the full range of Tory Burch style with this collection: a bag in each of her signature styles-retro, modern, bohemian and preppy.
Retro: $650 Tory Burch Sawyer Needlepoint Shoulder Bag, Martora
Modern: $525 Tory Burch Block T Grommet Drawstring Tote, black
Bohemian: $428 Tory Burch Beaded Shoulder Bag, navy
Preppy: $395 Tory Burch Thea patchwork crossbody
Thank you to our fabulous 2019 sponsors!
Their generosity is working wonders!
COCO Chanel Sponsor ($5,000)
Stella McCartney Sponsor ($2,500)
Tory Burch Sponsor ($1,000)
Carol and George Duncan
Fay McCabe Funeral Home
JNB & Associates
Eric and Carrie Meikle
Precision Surgical Specialists of Lowell
Kate Spade SPONSOR ($500)
C.G.A Interior Designs
Janet Cramb and Pam Mariano
Mark G. Gilchrist, MD, LLC
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
Lowell Community Health Center
Law Office of Daniel J. Mansur
Lowell Sun Charities
Bopha and Tom Malone
Middlesex Community College
FE Provencher Insurance
JP Rourke Construction
Z.R. Rourke Realty
Kerry A. Sheehan Photography
Jeanne and Bob Union
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Washington Savings Bank
The vision of the Women Working Wonders Fund at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation is to advance the contributions of women and girls in the community and empower them to effect positive change.
Through the power of collective philanthropy, the Women Working Wonders Fund is pleased to award grants to programs and projects that assist women in transition, provide leadership development in girls and women, and/or contribute to the beautification of the environment.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell
FLY (Forever Love Yourself)
Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell
Stepping Stones Early Education
International Institute of New England
English for Empowerment Program (E-FEM)
Lowell Community Health Center
Strong Women, Strong Families
Megan House Foundation of Lowell
“Coming Home” program
The WISH Project
Center for Women and Work
Acre Family Childcare
Coalition for a Better Acre
Zumba Action Group
Community Teamwork, Inc. (CTI)
Secure Jobs Program
Lowell Transitional Living Center
Outreach Survival Kit and Community Resource Day
Whistler House Museum of Art
Whistler Park Beautification Program for Multi-Cultural Women & Girls
Bopha Malone, President
Susan West Levine, Vice President
Mary Beth Burwood, Treasurer
Carolyn Gregoire, Secretary
In 2004, Brenda Costello, inspired by a magazine article about women’s funds, collected a group of like-minded women who embarked on the creation of Women Working Wonders Fund (WWWF). In no time, 72 women had stepped forward with initial gifts of $36,000. In 2005, the Hunt Alternative Fund issued a challenge grant that was met by six Angel donors. The Hunt challenge brought an additional $120,000 to WWWF, and a sustainable endowment was created. In 2006, WWWF awarded its first grant. Today, our Trustees proudly continue our founders’ vision to empower women and girls through lasting change by:
Soliciting and broadening financial support among women throughout the region of all financial means and backgrounds
Establishing and directing a fund distribution process to include application review and fund award decisions and distribution
Planning and implementing fundraising projects that provide a vehicle for financial program support for women and girls.
Since our inception, WWWF has awarded 20 grants and created positive change in the lives of countless women and girls.
Women Working Wonders Fund "Angels”
The WWWF is thankful to these six women - our "Angels" - for their generous multi-year donations, comprising the cornerstone gifts of our endowment:
Elaine Zouzas Thibault
The WWWF gratefully acknowledges the following women as founders for their contributions to our endowment:
Karla Brooks Baehr
Winifred Cammack Bond *
Carmen S. Chiungos
Jacqueline A. Doherty
Kay Doyle, Ph.D.
Pauline Duke *
Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick
Julie Ann Granger
Anna Jabar Omoyeni
Josephine Krasnecki *
Mary C. Laganas *
Toula A. Laganas*
Mary Jo Leahey *
Ruth Leggat *
Carol McQuaid *
Susan Anton Pasanen
Kathleen M. Plath
In Memory of Edith Nourse Rogers
Iris Sarantos *
Marina Sampas Schell
Amy B. Werner
Elaine Zouzas Thibault