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In the fall of 2001, a group of professional women came together around an idea that women want to network with other women in settings that they enjoy. To meet that need, the group created Women of Influence (WIN), and hosted events that provided opportunities for the women who participated to establish business and personal connections.

While this network was very successful, by the fall of 2007, the group realized that it just wasn’t enough — they were all looking for ways to give back in a more meaningful way. That’s when they decided to create their own giving circle and partnered with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.

Giving Circles have become an increasingly popular model for learning about and practicing philanthropy. The Giving Circle model recognizes that there are many women who have a desire to work together, learn from one another, and pool their resources to leverage their effectiveness and transform their communities. And they want to do more than give money. They want to research issues, identify specific needs, and address them, head-on.

The Women of Influence network pools the charitable gifts of their members into the WIN Giving Circle fund, leveraging the power of every dollar to create real and sustainable change by funding programs and services that address issues of economics, safety, health, and equity for women and girls in Minnesota.

Learn more at Women of Influence (WIN).