Mission & Vision

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota invests in innovation to drive gender equity in Minnesota.

We invest in groundbreaking, root-cause removal of structural barriers to ensure systems are accessible and hold equal opportunity for all, and that new institutions and programs are built to deliver better results. We aim to create a world of equal opportunity where women and girls – and all people – hold the power to create safe, prosperous lives.

Founded in 1983, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota is the first and largest statewide women’s foundation in the country and holds a unique niche among Minnesota community foundations. As a statewide community foundation, we leverage community investments (grantmaking and more), research, public policy, strategic communications, and cross-sector partnerships to ensure community solutions across Minnesota.

We drive gender equity because while women and girls remain at the heart of our mission, we know that men and boys must be part of the solution, and that gender equity benefits all of us. And with a focus on “equity,” using our Intersectional Lens Framework (pictured, left), we continue our commitment to ensure that women and girls who experience the greatest disparities in outcomes have equal opportunity and can thrive: low-income women and girls; women and girls of color; immigrants and refugees; lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women and girls; and women and girls with disabilities.

On April 1, 2016, the Foundation launched its new 10-year Strategic Plan. We refined and focused our mission and vision, clarified our values – the three-chambered heart of the Women’s Foundation: Hope, Generosity, Inclusion – and created four new strategic goals that will drive gender equity.

  • Goal 1: Invest in organizations, leaders, and the movement to create conditions for women and girls to thrive.
  • Goal 2: Focus grantmaking, research, and policy to create pathways to prosperity and security for low-income women and girls.
  • Goal 3: Fortify Foundation’s assets to maximize impact and scale.
  • Goal 4: Galvanize resources to end sex trafficking in Minnesota.

Together, our collective contributions are eliminating barriers and building pathways to prosperity and security for all of the state’s women and girls.