Our Impact

Young Women are Leading Change Today

Through the Young Women’s Initiative, we center and engage those most impacted by barriers to create solutions. By changing the institutions and systems with these young women, we are driving equal access to economic opportunity, safety, and leadership for all young women.

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WFMN Innovators

Creating Equity By Design

Announcing our newest investment in the WFMN Innovators – 33 young women, ages 16-24, whose leadership, ideas, and solutions advance key recommendations in the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota Blueprint for Action – a 50 percent increase in grantmaking to this program.

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Our Impact

What We Need to Thrive

For families and communities to thrive now and in the future, women and girls must have what they need to thrive.

We must position and resource women and girls as solution-builders and leaders within their communities.

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Status of Older Women

The lives of Minnesota women ages 55 and older are evolving and reflect expanded opportunities. At the same time, disparities exist based on age, and are even greater for older women of color, American Indian women, rural women, and LGBTQ+ people in the state.

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Donor Story

Become a Champion for Gender Equity

Roderic Southall, a member of the Board of Trustees at the Women’s Foundation, has a vision for how donors can achieve the farthest-reaching impact: Consider your giving through the filter of things you really believe in.

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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.

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Our Work

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Invests in Innovation to Drive Gender Equity in Minnesota.

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

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Our Areas of Impact

We Lead With Community in 3 Areas:

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

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

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

Take a closer look at our impact areas and the funds and research that support them.

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Ways to Give

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