Category Archives: Press Releases

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.

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