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Our Research

Listening on the Road to Transformation

Through nine Listening Sessions, Minnesota women, girls, and gender-expansive people discussed the impacts of COVID-19, racial injustice, economic inequities, incarceration, and additional crises, and shared their solutions to create a state where they and their families can thrive.

Explore Our Interactive 2021 Impact Report

When all women and girls thrive, families and communities thrive. Take a look at our latest impact report!

2021 Innovators Cohort

Investing in Innovators Leading Change

Through a transformative model, the Women’s Foundation amplifies the leadership of young women ages 16-24 through direct investments in their ideas for maximum impact and momentum.

2020 Status of Women & Girls in Minnesota

The Status research is a call for individuals and institutions to dismantle racial and gender inequities, increase investments in community solutions to end racial and gender injustice.

Our Purpose

We invest in innovative community-based, community-led solutions to ensure equal opportunity and pathways to economic security for girls, women, and families across Minnesota.

What We Do

Invest in Innovation to Drive Gender & Racial Equity

Founded in 1983, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota is the first and largest statewide women’s foundation in the country holding a unique niche among Minnesota foundations.

As a statewide community foundation, we invest, leverage, learn, influence, and scale to ensure community-based, community-led solutions to achieve gender and racial equity in Minnesota.

Our Areas of Impact

What We Aim to Achieve

Economic Opportunity

Ensuring a Minnesota where doors to opportunity are abundant and open to all women and girls in every community, and pathways to prosperity assured.


Ensuring a Minnesota where all women and girls are free from all forms of violence and can experience their homes, schools, and communities as safe places.


Ensuring a Minnesota where barriers are eliminated and all women and girls are respected and thrive.

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