JOB POSTING (9/15/14): Women’s Foundation of Minnesota seeks new Data & Office Manager
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Researchers, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota unveil first-of-its-kind juvenile sex trafficking research
Findings reveal violent, sophisticated system driven by buyers in Minneapolis

(Sept. 10, 2014) Exploitation, violence and brutality play key operational roles in the juvenile sex trafficking business models in Minneapolis, according to a new study released today by Lauren Martin, director of research for the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), and Alexandra Pierce, president of Othayonih Research. Mapping the Market for Juvenile Sex Trafficking in Minneapolis: Structures, Functions, and Patterns was commissioned and funded by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota to shine a spotlight on the predators — the sellers and the buyers — disturb and disrupt the market, and end the demand.
>>Read press release  >>View/download full report and executive summary at UROC >>Read Star Tribune article >>MN Girls Are Not For Sale campaign

Lizzo & Caroline Smith release new single, co-headline at First Ave, 9/26 & 9/27
We are thrilled to partner with Lizzo and Caroline Smith to announce their new single, Let ‘Em Say. Proceeds from sales of the single will go to the Women’s Foundation. Huge thanks to these two powerhouse artists for this generous donation and for raising their fists high in celebration of and support for leadership and equality for women and girls! >> Buy tix to 9/26 (9/27 sold out) First Avenue show and purchase/download the new single

Star Tribune: “With prostitution, any market is a bad market” by Lee Roper-Batker, president & CEO
(Aug. 29, 2014)
While readers of the London-based Economist may be familiar with its pro-prostitution stance, this largely European perspective about the economic value of the “free market” of prostitution is not one that Minnesota shares. So imagine my surprise to see “Tech opens up possibilities for prostitution” in the Star Tribune (Aug. 24). Why our state’s leading newspaper, which has publicly supported state efforts to address child sex-trafficking, would reprint this article is as mystifying as it is disappointing. >>Read more

New research on the status of women and girls in Minnesota illuminates pathways to gender equality
(June 2014)
The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Humphrey School’s Center on Women & Public Policy, released new research today on the status of women and girls in the state in four key areas: economics, safety, health, and leadership. “Gender inequality continues to render women the nation’s poorest, reinforce systemic violence, produce substandard health outcomes, and deny women leadership opportunities across all sectors,” said Lee Roper-Batker, Foundation president and CEO. “When women thrive, so do their families and communities. Minnesota can and must do better. The data help us get there.”  >>Read press release  >>View/download the report  >>Access all Women’s Foundation of Minnesota research

Foundation awards $300,000 in girlsBEST Fund grants
(Aug. 2014) The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has awarded $300,000 in grants for a second year of funding to 21 nonprofit organizations through its girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together) Fund. The grant period is August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015. Multi-year grants will be renewed for up to three years, based on an annual grant review and approval of progress towards goals. >> Click here to view the full press release.

Did we meet you somewhere along our statewide Road to Equality Tour? THANK YOU!
In June, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota hit the state highways and byways on our 2014 Road to Equality Tour. The tour took us to seven Minnesota cities: Duluth, Grand Rapids, Rochester, Twin Cities, Mankato, Willmar, and Moorhead. We shared the latest findings from our 2014 Status of Women & Girls in Minnesota research, conducted focus groups, and learned how well the new data represents what’s happening for women and girls in your community. Thank you so very much for your time and interest in advancing equality in your community and in Minnesota.

Foundation releases new economics research on the status of women and 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 (June 2014): SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING SCARF The June 2014 issue of our newsletter focuses on combining hopes, dreams, and fashion to build pathways to future prosperity. 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

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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.