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Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Announces New Staff, Promotions

(July 11, Minneapolis) Today, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota announced the addition of one new staff member and promotions of three existing staff members.

“We are thrilled to welcome one new staff member and announce several promotions on the Women’s Foundation team, and excited about this increased capacity and expertise to drive our statewide work to achieve gender equity,” said Lee Roper-Batker, Foundation president and CEO. >> Read the full press release.

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Awards $300,000 in girlsBEST Fund Grants to Support Future Economic Prosperity

(July 5, Minneapolis) — The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has awarded 19 multi-year grants and two planning grants totaling $300,000 to nonprofit organizations through its girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together) Fund. The grant period is June 15, 2017, to June 14, 2018. >> Read the full press release.

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Announces New Staff, Promotions

(June 21, Minneapolis) Today, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota announced the addition of four new staff members, and the promotions of two existing staff members.

“We are thrilled to welcome such talented and experienced new staff to the Women’s Foundation team,” said Lee Roper-Batker, Foundation president and CEO. “Each will help elevate and expand our capacity to support our mission to drive gender equity and build pathways to economic security for girls and women experiencing the greatest disparities in our state, particularly women and girls of color.” >> Read the full press release.

Ripley Memorial Foundation Releases RFP

(June 19, Minneapolis) – The Ripley Memorial Foundation has a proud history of funding direct service programs focusing on teen pregnancy prevention. Applicants may be located in either Hennepin or Ramsey County. Priority is given to comprehensive programs that employ effective practices with measurable results and serve the populations experiencing the highest rates of teen pregnancy.

Please note that you must submit your application online. To do so, please register to access the web portal. Your registration will prompt an authentication on the Foundation’s end, which should take no more than one business day to complete.

Organizations desiring funding consideration are asked to complete the grant application via web portal by 5:00 p.m., July 31, 2017. If you wish to review the application questions in advance, you may download them here.

2017 Application and Process Timeline

  • June 19: Online application available for organizations to start applying.
  • July 31: Proposals due via online application by 5:00 p.m.
  • Late September: If your program fits our funding priorities, your organization may be invited to make a short presentation to the Ripley Board of Advisors on October 25. You will be notified by mail in late September if you are invited to present.
  • October 25: Ripley Board of Advisors Meeting – Decisions for funding will be made at the meeting.
  • November: Award and decline letters will be sent to organizations that applied.
  • Grant period is January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018.
  • Grant size typically ranges from $4,000 to $8,000.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Andrea Satter, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota program officer, at 612-236-1805 or andrea@wfmn.org.

>> Apply now.

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Awards $312,500 in Grants to End Sex Trafficking in Minnesota

(May 10, Minneapolis) — The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has awarded a total of $312,500 in one-year grants to eight organizations through its MN Girls Are Not For Sale Fund. Through MN Girls Are Not For Sale, the Foundation has awarded 109 grants for a total of $2,716,252 and invested more than $6 million to end sex trafficking in Minnesota through grantmaking, research, and public education to date. >> Read the full press release.

Women’s Foundation’s girlsBEST Application and Process Timeline

(April 18, 2017) -The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota issued a Request for Proposals for multi-year grants from the girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together) Fund on March 14, 2017. The girlsBEST Fund is a grantmaking and public awareness program to build the economic power of girls, ages 12-18.

Organizations desiring consideration for funding were asked to complete the online grant application by 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2017.

2017 Application and Process Timeline

  • March 14: Online application available for organizations to start applying.
  • March 22: Grant Information Webinar at 11:30 a.m.
  • April 17: Proposals due by 5:00 p.m.
  • April-May: girlsBEST Fund Committee reviews proposals and selects organizations to present proposals to the Committee on May 20.
  • May 4: Applicants selected for a site visit will be notified.
  • May 20: Site visits will be scheduled for applicants still under consideration. Site visits will be conducted in-person at the Women’s Foundation offices.
  • May 30: Grant award and declination letters sent to applicants.

Questions? Please contact Andrea Satter, program office, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, at 612-236-1805 or andrea@wfmn.org.

Honoring the Legacy of Sandra K. Butler: Creating a World Where All Women and Girls Can Thrive

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(L-r) Sandra K. Butler and Mary Lee Dayton, founding mothers of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. (Sept. 2011)

On March 10, Sandra K. Butler, a founding mother of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, passed away at age 83. Sandy was an early role model for visionary, confident, women philanthropists dedicated to creating a world that valued women’s equal participation in all areas of public and private life.

In 1984, Sandy and her dear friend, Mary Lee Dayton, agreed to play major fundraising roles in building the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s $10 million endowment. As co-chairs of the major gifts campaign, they raised $5 million from individuals, foundations, and corporations in just over two years.

In an interview in 2011, Mary Lee described their passion, conviction, and good walking shoes. “We were passionate about the mission. Sandy had connections in St. Paul and I had connections in Minneapolis. She taught me the St. Paul skyway system, and even the Minneapolis one!” It took them another 13 years, but the $10 million endowment was raised and the future of the very first statewide women’s foundation in the country was secured.

From a young age, philanthropy and giving back was a strong Butler family value. Sandy served as the first program director of her family’s Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation. Under her leadership, the foundation became a lead philanthropic supporter of women-focused programs, providing early funding for Chrysalis, Domestic Abuse Project, Jeremiah Program, Tubman Family Alliance, and Women’s Advocates. The Women’s Foundation became a core organization supported by the Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, which has invested more than $1.5 million in the Foundation, to date.

A natural change-agent and courageous leader, Sandy lent financial support and credibility, early on, to programs that advocated against hate speech and provided services for women who were being sex trafficked.

In Sept. 2011, the Women’s Foundation recognized Sandy as the Mary Lee Dayton Catalyst for Change Award honoree for her lifetime commitment to gender equity and leadership to create a world where all women and girls can create and lead safe, prosperous lives.