Women Working WOnders Fund

Bringing Women Together to Shape the Future


Our Vision

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.


The Women Working Wonders Fund is a component fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

Contact us:
100 Merrimack Street, Suite 202
Lowell, MA 01852

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Women Working Wonders just made 15 years of history! 


Well behaved women seldom make history.”

-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

What began as a small group of women coming together to found a collective giving organization focused on women’s issues has grown to an endowment of fund over $800,000 that has made 36 grants of $5000 each in the Greater Lowell area.

We are at a critical point in the development of WWW.  We celebrate our past successes, our present good fortune and look to the future of women in philanthropy.  In order to ensure the future success of WWW and provide the means by which young women can engage actively and meaningfully in philanthropy, we are embarking on a campaign to grow our endowment fund to the $1 million mark.

As part of the 15th Anniversary Crystal Campaign, Nancy Donahue has generously offered a $50,000 matching challenge.  We hope that you will join us in meeting the challenge. We look forward to celebrating 15 years of women in philanthropy!


Crystal Campaign Giving Levels


$20,000 Diamond

  • One table of twelve with premium seating placement

  • Prominent naming or logo on all marketing materials promoting the event

  • Prominent naming or logo on websiteProminent naming or logo on all press materials

  • Four bottles of wine on each table

  • Recognition during the event

$15,000 Clear Quartz

  • Eight tickets with first class seating placement

  • Representation of name or logo on all marketing materials promoting the event

  • Representation of name or logo on website

  • Two bottles of wine at table

  • Recognition during the event

$10,000 Amethyst

  • Six tickets, preferred seating placement

  • Representation of name or logo on website

  • Recognition during the event

$5,000 Rose Quartz

  • Four tickets, preferred seating placement

  • Representation of name or logo on website

  • Recognition during the event

$1,000 Citrine

  • Two tickets, preferred seating placement

  • Representation of name or logo on website

  • Recognition during the event


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 four $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 twenty grants since our inception in 2004, creating positive change in countless lives!

Over the past thirteen 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.

Save the Date:
Power of the Purse 2019

October 24, 2019
Tickets will go on sale soon!


Thank you to our fabulous 2018 sponsors!


Chanel Sponsor

Nancy Donahue

Stella McCartney Sponsor

Circle Health
Carol and George Duncan
Enterprise Bank
Carolyn and Bob Gregoire
Horizon Interiors, LLC
Mahoney Oil
MEC Companies

Tory Burch Sponsor

Anton's Cleaners
Lowell Five Bank
Eric and Carrie Meikle
Rebecca Shore


Kate Spade

Brenda Costello
Cox Fuel
Martha Hanson
Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union
L'Hussier Insurance
Law Office of Daniel J. Mansur
Lowell Community Health Center
Lowell Sun Charities
Bopha and Tom Malone
Milissa Moynihan
Niki Tsongas
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Washington Savings Bank

In-Kind Sponsors/Donations

Consider It Done Special Events
New England Foliage



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.


Project Learn

The WISH Project

Center for Women and Work

Acre Family Childcare


The Center for Hope and Healing
Girls Empowerment Group

Mitsy Kits, Inc.
Workshop Facilities Expansion

Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Change of Lead Program

Girls Going Green


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


Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica

Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell

Lowell Association for the Blind

Power of Flowers Project



Bopha Malone, President
Susan West Levine, Vice President
Priti Patel, Treasurer
Carolyn Gregoire, Secretary

Mary Beth Burwood
Brenda Costello
Janet Cramb
Carol S. Duncan
Jennifer Hanson
Christine Hart

Lianna Kushi
Tarina Mansur
Carrie Meikle
Mary Peterson
Cheryl Popp
Alex Regan
Kathleen Sullivan





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:

Linda Chemaly
Brenda Costello
Nancy Donahue
Carol Duncan
Niki Tsongas
Elaine Zouzas Thibault



The WWWF gratefully acknowledges the following women as founders for  their contributions to our endowment:

  • Audrey Ambrosino

  • Madeline Anton

  • Nina Anton

  • Joyce Antonopoulos*

  • Lorraine Bacos

  • Karla Brooks Baehr

  • Beatrice Belkakis

  • Winifred Cammack Bond *

  • Peggy Bouchard

  • Karen Carpenter

  • Linda Chemaly

  • Filitsa Chigas

  • Carmen S. Chiungos

  • Susan Cooney

  • Brenda Costello

  • Carolyn Cox

  • Patricia Crane

  • Veronika Demers

  • Maureen DiPalma

  • Jacqueline A. Doherty

  • Nancy Donahue

  • Eileen Donoghue

  • Kay Doyle, Ph.D.

  • Pauline Duke *

  • Carol Duncan

  • Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick

  • Karen Frederick

  • Maureen Gervais

  • Carol Gilchrist

  • Margaret Gilsenberg

  • Julie Ann Granger

  • Dorcas Grigg-Saito

  • Debra Grossman

  • Sheila Harrington

  • Margaret Hassett

  • Carolyn Hubers

  • Anna Jabar Omoyeni

  • Josephine Krasnecki *

  • Mary C. Laganas *

  • Toula A. Laganas*

  • Andrea Laskey

  • Mary Jo Leahey *

  • Ruth Leggat *

  • Margaret Leighton

  • Deborah Lemos

  • Linda MacLean

  • Judy Mallette

  • Dale Marcy

  • Martha Mayo

  • Carol McQuaid *

  • Anne Mulvey

  • Therese O'Connor

  • Donna O'Neill

  • Margaret Palm

  • Susan Anton Pasanen

  • Nancy Pettinelli

  • Kathleen M. Plath

  • Ginger Pearson

  • Effie Poulakos-Dragon

  • In Memory of Edith Nourse Rogers

  • Joan Ross

  • Iris Sarantos *

  • Niki Sarantos

  • Marina Sampas Schell

  • Lura Smith

  • Marie Sweeney

  • Judith Tavano

  • Niki Tsongas

  • Katherine Tyndall

  • Janice Villanucci

  • Amy B. Werner

  • Lee Wu

  • Elaine Zouzas Thibault