Investing in Innovation to Drive Gender
What We Do
Our goal is to raise transformational gifts to make the maximum investment in and with communities across the state to create a world of equal opportunity for women and girls.
How We Are Different
At the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, we apply our Theory of Change to all the steps of our process and decision-making to ensure our solutions are inclusive for everybody.
THEORY OF CHANGE
By increasing investments to organizations, we create conditions for leaders and organizations to do their best work.
By applying our intersectional framework, we target our work to identify problems and the best community solutions.
By engaging in participatory learning, conducting research, and building relationships, we create transformational change.
Through policy, partnerships, and strategic communication, we work to change systems and societal norms.
By resourcing innovation, we scale from the local to the regional to the state and national across the women’s funding movement.
Our Areas of Impact
What We Aim to Achieve
We find solutions with communities and begin with research. We scale impact by listening and responding to community concerns and leading systems change in three areas:
Ensuring a Minnesota where doors to opportunity are abundant and open to all girls and women in every community, and pathways to prosperity assured.
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.
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.
We Conduct Research to Listen, Learn, and Drive Action With Communities
In Minnesota, data show that girls and women, particularly from communities of color and those who live in greater Minnesota, experience economic, safety, health, and leadership disparities that prevent them from thriving. The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota conducts qualitative and quantitative research to better understand the lives of women and girls within communities, identify assets and barriers, and fund solutions.
What is a Systems Change?
For the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, systems change is about shifting structures in order to reduce or eliminate barriers, increase access to opportunity, and achieve gender and racial equity.
Our role is to be the connective tissue and backbone to drive systems change towards gender and racial equity. Systems change and direct service work together. Both are important, interconnecting gears that meet individual and community needs today, while shifting systems, institutions, behaviors, and policies for tomorrow.
The process of systems change includes shifts in:
- Institutions, laws, or policies
- Community or individual behavior
- Definition or reframing of issues
- Engagement /Movement-Building
- Maintaining or holding the line