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Vednita Carter is the founder and executive director of Breaking Free.

Congratulations to Vednita Carter for being named a 2014 CNN Hero
As the founder and executive director of Breaking Free (Social Change Fund and MN Girls Are Not For Sale grantee-partner), Vednita is being honored for her groundbreaking work through Breaking Free to help women and girls escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation (sex trafficking) through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education.
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Watch the CNN video about Vednita Carter  >> Watch the CNN video about Breaking Free’s outreach efforts

Foundation Releases New Economics Research on the Status of Women & Girls in Minnesota
Poverty, Wage Gap, Occupational Clustering Biggest Barriers to Women’s Economic Security
| “We know that for women in our state to achieve economic security, women must first have economic opportunity, including access to education and training, good jobs, and childcare. This will improve the lives of women and of all Minnesotans,” said Lee Roper-Batker, president and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. >>Read press release   >>View/Download Economics research  >>Read Star Tribune Editorial   >>View/Download Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014   >>Access all Women’s Foundation of Minnesota research

EQUALITY Update (February 2014): DATA + PUBLIC POLICY TO CREATE ECONOMIC SECURITY
The March 2014 issue of our newsletter focuses on the release of the Foundation’s new Economics data on the status of women and girls in the state. Read now

2013 Annual Report, 30th Anniversary Issue (1983-2013) - Read now


ABOUT PHILANTHROPY | As a statewide community foundation, we are truly “by the people, for the people.” And while we understand this concept, we recognize that a certain amount of mystery surrounds foundations (“community” or “public” versus “private,” for example) and the world of philanthropy, in general. In this space, we will occasionally share exceptional videos and articles to demystify and educate about the world of philanthropy and charitable giving.

>>TED MAR2013:  “The way we think about charity is dead wrong.” - In this TED Talks video, activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. In this bold talk, he says, “Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.”

savingBobbi_100pxSTAR TRIBUNE - Saving Bobbi, a four-part series (Nov. 2013)
Story: Pam Louwagie | Photos by Elizabeth Flores
[P1] A Teen’s Sex Trafficking Ordeal
[P2] Lured by drugs, Used by Pimps
[P3] One Cop’s Determination
[P4] Struggling to Find a Way Forward

Prefer to read the series on your Apple, Kindle or Nook device?
Purchase & download the e-Book for $2.99. All proceeds go toward our MN Girls Are Not For Sale campaign to end child sex trafficking in the state.
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