The United State of Women Profile PhotoWomen’s Foundation of Minnesota Joins United State of Women Summit – On June 14 and 15, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, as part of a cross-sector delegation of 16 Minnesota leaders, joined 5,000 leaders in Washington, D.C., for the White House United State of Women Summit. Collectively, we celebrated gender equity victories and mapped out the road ahead.

Read Lee Roper-Batker’s recap of the Summit, including photos and links to video from throughout the Summit experience! >> More

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota invites all girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together) participants to enter the girlsBEST Creative Writing Contest! We greatly value the experiences of the girls and young women who participate in girlsBEST, and through this contest we seek to provide a platform for participants to share their unique and powerful stories. Entries will be accepted by the Foundation through August 1, 2016. Find out more!

PWP Evaluation Web PhotoThe Women’s Foundation of Minnesota is one of six member funds of the Partnership for Women’s Prosperity (PWP), a platform to share best practices and find replicable solutions to systemic problems facing economically vulnerable women and girls in communities, nationwide. The cohort is funded by the Walmart Foundation. The Foundation’s work to pass the Women’s Economic Security Act (2014) and link research and grantmaking to policy change is featured in the recently released PWP cohort report, Using a Systems Change Framework for Bigger Results.

WFM_ListeningSessionReportFINAL_Page_01_CroppedWomen’s Foundation of Minnesota Releases New Report – Produced with the participation of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Listening to Young Women of Color & Advocates documents a special event convened November 2015 for young women and advocates from the Somali and East African communities and American Indian communities. Each panel shared their stories, solutions and wisdom to counteract negative social narratives and offer self-inspired solutions to the barriers they face to well-being in economics, safety, health, and leadership. >> Read the report.

IT’S A WRAP! The Stir 2016 – Our deepest thanks to everyone who attended The Stir and who made the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota their Foundation! What a magnificent night it was at The Stir. Together, we celebrated women’s leadership and pledged our commitment to gender equity. Your partnership means we can build a world of equal opportunity where all women and girls — and all people — hold the power to create and lead safe, prosperous lives.


Announcing at The White House Summit for Advancing Equity is Lee Roper-Batker (president, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota), Teresa Younger (left; president, Ms. Foundation), and Ana Oliveira (right; president, New York Women’s Foundation).

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and Partners Pledge $100 Million to Create Pathways to Economic Security for Women and Families in America

WATCH: Video of the Prosperity Together announcement at The White House…

At The White House on Nov. 13, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota helped announce the launch of Prosperity Together, a nonpartisan partnership of public U.S. women’s foundations who have collectively committed $100 million over the next five years to create pathways to economic security for low-income women and their families in America. The partnership will fund local programs with a proven track record in providing low-income women with access to job training and child care, among other supports.


Stanford Social Innovation Review
Rethinking Spending Rates By Lee Roper-Batker, Women’s Foundation president & CEO
Endowment spending rates are at the heart of every foundation and should hold deep connections to mission alignment, values, and governance. More…

See the statewide results of our leadership as a statewide community foundation to drive gender equity for girls and women in Minnesota who experience the greatest disparities in outcome, here.