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Leading with Community

Understanding how women girls, and gender-expansive people in Minnesota experience life differently depending on their intersecting identities informs everything we do. Considering intersectionality strengthens outcomes and creates better futures for everyone.

Apply to Join Our Grantmaking Committees

Since our founding, WFM has engaged in participatory grantmaking so that people most affected by systemic barriers are making funding decisions that affect their communities. Join WFM’s community of stakeholders across race and ethnicity, geography, and socioeconomic backgrounds to support and invest in organizations that advance gender and racial justice in Minnesota.

Investing in Innovators

We are now accepting applications for young women and gender-expansive leaders, ages 16-24, to join the next cohort of Innovators, who receive microgrant investment in their ideas and join a powerful cohort with coaching to accelerate their impact and momentum.

Status of Women & Girls+ in Minnesota

Our newest report covers key measures of economics, safety, health, and leadership, and uses an intersectional lens to show how inequities impact communities differently. The Status of Women & Girls+ is the leading, most comprehensive research on women, girls, and gender-expansive communities in Minnesota.

Meet the Rest Up Awardees

In honor of our 40th Anniversary, the Women’s Foundation awarded $400,000 in funding to local leaders from 40 organizations to invest in rest and well-being.

Our 2023 Impact

This past year, we have been growing transformative power for a world where all women, girls, and gender-expansive people have what they need to thrive.

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 Systems Change for Gender & Racial Justice

Founded in 1983, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota is the first 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 justice in Minnesota.

Our Areas of Impact

What We Aim to Achieve

Economic Justice

To realize economic justice and a stronger Minnesota for families and communities, we invest in women and girls as key drivers of economic growth.

Leadership & Community Power

Our vision is a state where all women, girls, and gender-expansive people are valued as solution-builders and leaders within their communities.

Holistic Well-Being & Reproductive Justice

To support the mind, body, and spirit of women, we catalyze the conditions to ensure they are well in every area of their being.

Safety

We catalyze the conditions so that women, girls, and gender-expansive people are free from all forms of violence and can be safe at home, school, and in their communities.

Support Our Work

Explore Ways to Give

Your support fuels the innovative community-based, community-led work happening across the state. Explore our funding opportunities.

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