Congratulations are in order for the WAM Theatre in Lenox! 

WAM Theatre is one of the 20 nonprofit organizations awarded a Community Investments for Greater Change grant from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts.  

The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts distributed grants through the initiative to WAM and other organizations working with women and girls whose work aligns with one or more of these strategic pillars: economic security; freedom from gender-based violence, harassment, and harm; and, parity in positions of leadership, representation, and power.  

As a professional theatre company operating at the intersection of arts and activism, WAM is thrilled to be among the awardees of this prestigious grant... We have long admired how the Women’s Fund of Western MA operates and the equitable process implemented during this granting process serves as an excellent model for all of us who are in the work of community investment. ~ Kristen van Ginhoven, WAM Theatre Producing Artistic Director 

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In fulfillment of its philanthropic mission, WAM Theatre donates a portion of the proceeds from its Mainstage productions to carefully selected beneficiaries. Since WAM’s founding in 2010, they have donated more than $80,000 to 22 local and global organizations taking action for gender equity in areas such as girls' education, teen pregnancy prevention, sexual trafficking awareness, midwife training, and more. 

Funding distributed through these three grant programs allows us to continue addressing the issues in our community that were identified in our 2019 Status of Women and Girls in Western Massachusetts report. ~ Nicole Young, community investments manager for the Women’s Fund 

You can see the full 2019 Status of Women and Girls in Western Massachusetts report HERE. 

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