Category Archives: Press Releases

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Honored for Young Women’s Initiative at Women’s Funding Network 2017 Leadership in Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Awards

(September 1, Minneapolis) The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and Lee Roper-Batker are among eight women’s foundations and their CEO’s that launched Young Women’s Initiatives in their communities. The LEAD award celebrates outstanding risk-takers and innovators in the philanthropic community who, through their determination and leadership, have increased funding for programs that promote gender equity and diversity.

“We created the Young Women’s Initiative for three reasons: We want every young woman in America to have access to equal opportunity. We want them to be able to create and lead safe and prosperous lives. And we know that when young women do better, their families and communities do better, and we all do better,” said Lee Roper-Batker, president and CEO, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. >> Read the full press release.

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Partners with A CALL TO MEN to Sponsor National Violence Prevention Conference in Bloomington, Minn.

MINNEAPOLIS, August 21, 2017 – Today, A CALL TO MEN announced a partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota to sponsor The Many Faces of Manhood, A CALL TO MEN’s national conference exploring healthy, respectful manhood in athletics, education, incarceration, fatherhood, faith communities, and issues of gender.

As a statewide community foundation and presenting sponsor of the conference, the Women’s Foundation is committed to working with communities to achieve gender and racial equity.  >> Read the full press release.

New Research Explores Sex Buyers in State of Minnesota

(August 2, Minneapolis/St. Paul) — First-of-its-kind research on sex buyers provides insight toward developing a nationwide model to combat human trafficking, according to a study released by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). The study was funded by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota as part of its MN Girls Are Not for Sale campaign to end sex trafficking in Minnesota. >> Read the full press release.

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.

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.