international-visitor-leadership-program-1On February 15, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota had the honor of hosting leaders from 23 countries across the world. We were thrilled to come together to hear about the work they’re doing in their communities and countries, and share our own Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota with them.

The women are part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.


The Stir is now the 2017 Economic Opportunity Summit! At the Summit, we’ll gather policy, corporate, philanthropic, and community leaders together with our donor- and grantee-partners for networking and shared learning to create a state in which all women and girls prosper and thrive. >> Find out more!


Sirena Dubiel (l) and Kolang Vang (r) work on a redesign project for the Walker Art Center in their Architectural Drafting class.

Fall 2016 EQUALITY Update – View our latest newsletter highlighting exciting work for gender equity, including:

  • The official launch of the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, a bold new public-private partnership between the Women’s Foundation and the Governor’s Office to improve opportunity and equity in outcomes for young women (ages 12 to 24) in our state who need it the most.
  • The inspiring stories of Sirena Dubiel and Kolang Vang, two young women working toward future careers in architecture with the support of the Women in Technical Careers Program at Dunwoody College of Technology (a Pathways to Prosperity grantee-partner).
  • Donor-partner and Fund Advisor, Romaine Scharlemann, on how opening a Donor Advised Fund at the Women’s Foundation helped increase the impact of her giving, include her family in meaningful ways, and best align with her values.

>> Read the EQUALITY Update

gbgroupimagegirlsBEST Fund Grantmaking

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has awarded $150,000 in planning grants to 28 nonprofit organizations across the state through our girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together) Fund. The grant period is October 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017.

>> Read about our girlsBEST grantee-partners in the full press release.


This has been a brutal election, one that has divided us. Neighbors with good hearts and a commitment to a prosperous Minnesota – and nation – supported both Trump and Clinton, in nearly equal numbers. The challenge now is to harness that goodwill to create a world in which we all want to live.

We share the same hopes and dreams. We all want to live in safety. We all want our children to prosper. We all seek the dignity and security that comes with steady employment and benefits.

>> Read more from Lee Roper-Batker, president and CEO


Lee Roper-Batker, Foundation president & CEO, announces the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, a partnership with Governor Mark Dayton’s office.

EXCITING NEWS! Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton, and Lt. Governor Tina Smith Announce Launch of the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, in partnership with the Governor’s Office, announced the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN), a new effort aimed at improving opportunity for young women in Minnesota. YWI MN will bring together nonprofits, businesses, government, philanthropies, and young women to create a plan to build equity in outcomes for young women in our state, allowing them to lead safe, prosperous lives. It is the first statewide initiative of its kind in the nation.

>> Read the press release announcing Gov. Dayton’s appointments to the Young Women’s Cabinet and the Young Women’s Initiative Council.
>> Read the initial launch press release.
>> Watch the video of the full press conference.
>> YWI MN In The News: Star Tribune, WCCO, MN Daily, Fox 9 (KMSP), MN News Network, MinnPost

WFMN Equality Wheel 2016Our new 2016 Impact Report illustrates the interconnectedness of our work – RESEARCH + GRANTMAKING + POLICY + CROSS SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS — and our vision to create a world of equal opportunity where women and girls — and all people — hold the power to create and lead safe, prosperous lives.

>> Access the report and see the results of our collective contributions and bold impact.

IMG_2650Listening & Learning from Young Women In preparation for launching the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI) in Minnesota, the Foundation is hosting a series of Listening Sessions to hear directly from young women (12-24) about the barriers to equity they face, and their solutions, hopes, and dreams for the future. >> Read more…

>> Read the MinnPost article, “Listening series aims to push policymakers on issues facing women of color in Minnesota