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

Today, 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 for more information.
>> Apply to be a member of the Young Women’s Cabinet today! You must be between the ages of 16-24 to apply.
>> YWI MN In The News: Star Tribune, WCCO, MN Daily, Fox 9 (KMSP)

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.

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Kalice A. Allen, new Wenda Weekes Moore Intern

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Names Kalice A. Allen as its new Wenda Weekes Moore Intern.

Kalice A. Allen, a native of St. Paul and senior at St. Catherine University, is our new Wenda Weekes Moore Intern. This position is a one-year internship for women of color. Allen will support the Program and Development teams at the Women’s Foundation, and will spend one month at the Kellogg Foundation during summer 2017.

>> Read the press release.
>> Read more about the Wenda Weekes Moore Internship and Reatha Clark King Fellowship Program.

Barbara Carlson Gage (left), Lee Roper-Batker (center), Women's Foundation president & CEO, and Marilyn Carlson Nelson (right), donor-partners and 2016 Mary Lee Dayton Catalyst for Change Award honorees.

Barbara Carlson Gage (left), Lee Roper-Batker (center), Women’s Foundation president & CEO, and Marilyn Carlson Nelson (right), donor-partners and 2016 Mary Lee Dayton Catalyst for Change Award honorees.

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota honors Barbara Carlson Gage and Marilyn Carlson Nelson as 2016 Mary Lee Dayton Catalysts for Change

Established in 2009 in honor of its namesake, the Mary Lee Dayton Catalyst for Change award is presented annually to elevate and recognize philanthropists who use their resources and leadership to advance gender equality in Minnesota.

Barbara and Marilyn are key donor-partners, trusted advisors, and fierce advocates in partnership with the Women’s Foundation to end sex trafficking in Minnesota. Together, their deep commitment and generous investments to end sex trafficking are creating a safer world for all children in Minnesota and around the world.

>> Read more

Belva with HorseSummer 2016 EQUALITY Update – View our latest newsletter highlighting exciting local and national work, including:

  • The Women’s Foundation joined 5,000 women and men in Washington, D.C. for the first-ever White House United State of Women Summit.
  • The inspiring story of Belva Phillips, a young American Indian leader (from our girlsBEST grantee-partner Dakota Wicohan), with a goal to attend college to become an English teacher in her community. Data underscores why Belva’s career aspirations are important: While students of color now represent 28% of the school-age population in Minnesota, only 4% of the teacher workforce represents this population.
  • Donor-partner Charlson Foundation on how the Women’s Foundation’s girlsBEST Fund connects with their personal and philanthropic values and how they feel that they have invested wisely in girls in Minnesota.

>> Read the EQUALITY Update

YWI at USOW Summit June 2016Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Participates In United State of Women Summit – On June 14 and 15, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota brought a cross-sector delegation of 10 Minnesota leaders and joined 5,000 women and men in Washington, D.C., for the White House United State of Women Summit. From the main stage, we announced the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI) with other women’s foundation presidents who will launch YWIs in their regions.

>> Read Lee Roper-Batker’s (President & CEO) recap of the Summit, including photos and links to video from throughout the Summit experience.

>> Read the Inside Philanthropy article, “Inside the Growing Funder Push to Accelerate Social Change for Young Women of Color

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

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota invests $687,500 to drive gender equity in Minnesota
Press Releases:
Innovation Fund
MN Girls Are Not For Sale Fund
Pathways 2 Prosperity (P2P) Fund

LynxChangeJersey_MMoore_webWomen’s Foundation Partners with MN Lynx to Drive Gender Equity – On June 7, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota was the official MN Lynx Nonprofit of the Game! We were recognized during halftime with a video about our work, which features Lynx star, Maya Moore. What a thrill to partner with this team of courageous leaders who inspire on and off the court! We were also presented a Lynx-signed team basketball on court during the halftime ceremony. >> Watch now…

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.
>> Read the article…