Category Archives: Press Releases

URGENT PUBLIC ALERT: Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Alerts the Public to New Email Scam

(Feb. 1, Minneapolis) – This morning, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota became aware of an email scam it wants to make the public aware of immediately.

The following is the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s public statement:

This morning, it came to our attention that an individual, via email, is again fraudulently claiming to be an employee of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. This individual is soliciting donations – falsely and fraudulently on behalf of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota – to help women escape sex trafficking. This is a false claim and this individual does not work, volunteer, or represent the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota in any capacity.

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has alerted local and state law enforcement authorities.

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota wants to ensure that Minnesotans are informed and protected. Individual support of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s work to end sex trafficking in Minnesota, or its overall statewide work to drive gender equity, is always welcome. We ask that those who wish to do so use our secure donation methods by visiting WFMN.org, and click on DONATE, or simply call 612-337-5010. Thank you.

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URGENT PUBLIC ALERT: Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Alerts the Public to Email Scam

(Dec. 16, Minneapolis) – This morning, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota became aware of an email scam it wants to make the public aware of immediately.

The following is the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s public statement:

This morning, it came to our attention that an individual, via email, is fraudulently claiming to be an employee of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. This individual is soliciting donations – falsely and fraudulently on behalf of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota – to help women escape sex trafficking. This is a false claim and this individual does not work, volunteer, or represent the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota in any capacity.

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has alerted local and state law enforcement authorities.

During this season of generosity and giving, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota wants to ensure that Minnesotans are informed and protected. Individual support of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s work to end sex trafficking in Minnesota, or its overall statewide work to drive gender equity, is always welcome. We ask that those who wish to do so use our secure donation methods by visiting WFMN.org, and click on DONATE, or simply call 612-337-5010. Thank you.

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Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and National Partners Commit Over $29 Million to Increase Women’s Economic Security in 2016

(Dec. 14, Minneapolis) – The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and partners of Prosperity Together, a collective effort of public U.S. women’s foundations, committed $29,170,427 in 2016 to help women across America acquire living-wage jobs, educational training and support, and affordable and high-quality childcare. One year ago at the White House, Prosperity Together announced a $100 million commitment to women’s economic security over five years.

The first-year totals are 46% higher than projected. The $29 million supported 996 unique organizations in 23 states and Washington, D.C. In addition, over 4,016,725 women and girls were directly impacted by women’s foundations’ dedication to women’s economic security this year.

>> Read the full press release
>> Read the Prosperity Together Year One Executive Summary
>> Watch the Year One in Review video

 

 

Foundation Awards $150,000 in girlsBEST Fund Planning Grants to Support Future Economic Prosperity of MN Girls

(December 2, Minneapolis) — The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has awarded $150,000 in planning grants to 28 nonprofit organizations through its girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together) Fund. The grant period is October 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017. Established in 2001, girlsBEST is a girl-led, girl-driven grantmaking program to increase the readiness of low-income girls, girls of color, and girls from Greater Minnesota (ages 12-18) to achieve future economic prosperity. >> Read the full press release.

Governor Mark Dayton announces appointments to the Young Women’s Cabinet and the Young Women’s Initiative Council

(St. Paul, Nov. 23) – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the following appointments to the Young Women’s Cabinet and the Young Women’s Initiative Council, as part of the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN). YWI MN will bring together nonprofits, businesses, and government to improve equity in outcomes for young women in Minnesota who experience the greatest disparities.

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The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and The New York Women’s Foundation Compete in November Giving Challenge

Minneapolis and New York (Nov. 16, 2016) –  The battle of women’s foundations is on between the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and The New York Women’s Foundation in a friendly philanthropy showdown.

In this amicable East Coast vs. Midwest rivalry, the foundation that raises the most on its designated giving day wins more than just bragging rights. The losing foundation’s CEO will perform a song by a famous musician from the winner’s state. >> Read more. >> Donate now!

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota to Partner with Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Smith to Improve Opportunity for Young Women

Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota will bring together nonprofits, businesses, and government to improve equity in outcomes for young women in Minnesota who experience the greatest disparities.

(St. Paul, Oct. 25) – Governor Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota today announced the launch of 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.

“We must continue working to build a state where all Minnesotans have equal opportunity to succeed,” said Governor Dayton. “This partnership is an important step in improving equity and opportunity for young women in Minnesota, especially young women of color. I thank the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota for their leadership on this critical issue.”

>> Read the press release for more information.
>> Watch the video of the full press conference.
>> 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), MN News Network, MinnPost

 

Women’s Foundation Names New Wenda Weekes Moore Intern

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Kalice A. Allen, new Wenda Weekes Moore Intern at the Foundation

(MINNEAPOLIS, October 21) — The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has named Kalice A. Allen as its 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. A native of St. Paul, Allen is a Senior at Saint Catherine University, majoring in Public Health.

The Women’s Foundation established the Wenda Weekes Moore Internship in 2015. In tandem with its Reatha Clark King Fellowship program, the internship is a part of the Foundation’s longstanding commitment to creating a pathway to leadership in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors for women of color. To date (2002-2016), the Women’s Foundation has engaged 34 women of color in the program.

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Foundation Awards $237,500 in Grants to End Sex Trafficking in Minnesota

(June 29, Minneapolis) — The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has awarded five grants totaling $237,500 through its MN Girls Are Not For Sale Fund. The Foundation has invested more than $5 million through MN Girls, a campaign to end sex trafficking in Minnesota through grantmaking, research, and public education. >> Read the full press release.