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ESSEX COUNTY, MA, MAY 6, 2022 – Women’s Money Matters (formerly Budget Buddies) is pleased to announce that they are the recipients of a one-year grant in the amount of $10,000.00 from The Women’s Fund of Essex County, to expand financial wellness programs. This funding will help increase the number of women and girls served in Essex county through the Women’s Money Matters Collective Program.

Budget Buddies empowers women and girls living on low-incomes with the financial resiliency skills and community support to improve their financial health and create a more secure future for their families and communities. The unique Women’s Money Matters program combines peer support groups, one-to-one mentoring, and comprehensive financial workshops over 3-4 months. This integrated approach equips women with the money management skills, social support, and confidence to navigate the challenges of becoming financially secure. Women’s Money Matters is so honored to have the support of The Women’s Fund in serving more women in Essex County.


“The Women’s Fund of Essex County changes the lives of women and girls by funding programs that offer demonstrated results. We identify the point of intervention that truly changes these women’s futures. Our proven Grant Allocation Process allows one donation to support a broad platform of programs that may not be on the radar for most donors. The outcomes are real and meaningful in the lives of not only Essex County families but also the community we all call home.”



About Women’s Money Matters

Women’s Money Matters (Formerly Budget Buddies) was founded in 2009, when the first major recession of the 21st century left women living on low incomes disproportionately without jobs, housing, and support systems. Our founding mothers wanted to create opportunities for women to help other women, within their own communities, and take charge of their financial futures. We envision a world in which all women have a financially stable life. Our mission is to empower women to improve their financial health to create a more secure future for their families and communities. We serve women and girls over the age of 14 who are living on low-incomes, many in transitional housing. Our programs are for cis and trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers on the experiences of women. Most of the women in our programs are moms and women of color. 

About Women’s Fund of Essex County

The Women’s Fund was established in February of 2003 for the purpose of raising and distributing funds in order to provide opportunities and promote solutions for women and girls in Essex County. Additional information is available at