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WFMN Grantee-Partners

Funding Systems Change

We fund community-led programs, research & listening, policy advocacy, convening, and strategic communications that change systems and remove barriers to gender and racial justice.

Year Funded:

2022 Grantee-Partners

In fiscal year 2022 (April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022) WFMN has awarded $2,476,935 in grants to community-based organizations leading solutions across Minnesota to create a world of equal opportunity for and with women and girls.

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Access Philanthropy Charities

Minneapolis

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$25,000

Advocates for Reproductive Education

Brainerd

Community Response Fund

$20,000

Ain Dah Yung Center

St. Paul

WFMN Fund for Safety

$25,000

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

St. Paul

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$10,000

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA)

Virginia

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$25,000

Asian Women United Minnesota (AWUMN)

Minneapolis

To build organizational capacity as AWUMN evolves services during the COVID-19 pandemic by adapting their programming to spread awareness about the dynamics of domestic violence with a specific focus on the Asian immigrant and refugee experience. Asian Women United Minnesota is a leader in eliminating domestic violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities through harnessing the strengths that are indigenous to Asian communities and sharing best practices with other community-based organizations.

WFMN Fund for Safety

$25,000

Bagosendaan

Mahnomen

To provide horseback riding experiences for low-income youth, ages 11 to 18, to engage their interest, provide motivation, and build competence. Bagosendaan builds self-esteem and promotes leadership among youth as they mature into successful adults by using talking circles, counselors, guest speakers, and horseback riding.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

Centro Tyrone Guzman

To support Jóvenes Latinas al Poder which provides tools and opportunities to Latina teen girls and femme-identifying youth to exercise their leadership and collective power to advocate for justice, inclusion, and equity. Centro Tyrone Guzman helps Latina girls 5 gain confidence in their ability to lead and advocate through self-confidence building, establishing professional networks, and preparing them for post-secondary education and career success.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

Change Starts With Community

Minneapolis

To support a gender-based violence prevention summer camp including field trips, mentorship, sex education, and life skill lessons 3 for Black, Indigenous, and girls of color in Minneapolis and Hennepin County communities. Change Starts with Community is a public health, gender-based violence prevention program through health, wealth, and social changes for women and girls in the City of Minneapolis.

Community Response Fund

$7,500

Chinese American Chamber of Commerce

Minneapolis

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

Coalition of Asian American Leaders

St. Paul

Community Response Fund

$7,500

Committee Against Domestic Abuse

Mankato

WFMN Fund for Safety

$25,000

Community Initiatives (fiscal sponsor of Radical Monarchs Twin Cities)

Oakland

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$5,000

Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio, Inc. (CLUES)

St. Paul

To fund a leadership retreat for youth participants in the YA! and Entre Mujeres (“Between Women”) programs, both of which build power with Latinx youth from low-income households through activities including mentoring, leadership development, college access services, and safe and culturally anchored spaces for growth. CLUES connects individuals and families with services, resources, skills, institutions, and systems and creates an environment for people to be engaged and empowered.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

CornerHouse

Minneapolis

WFMN Fund for Safety

$25,000

Dakota Wicohan

Morton

To provide the Dakota Wicohan’s Dakota Itancanpi Kte Unkihduwiyayapi /Dakota Youth Leadership Program, the only year-round out-of-school youth program in the Lower Sioux area. Dakota Wicohan empowers Dakota youth and prepares them as culture bearers, positively connects them to their community, and grounds them in their Dakota culture to help them on a path to contribute to their community academically, economically, socially, and culturally.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$19,000

discapacitados abriendose caminos (dac)

South St. Paul

To continue programming for young girls and women, ages 14 to 24, who assist and support their families with knowledge to navigate systems, be economically stable, and improve the quality of life for family members with disabilities. dac works with family members of people who have a disability or critical health need, from newborns to elders.

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$25,000

Division of Indian Work

Minneapolis

To support the delivery of the Live It! Teen Pregnancy Prevention Curriculum, a holistic, Indigenous program, through a train-the-trainer model. Division of Indian Work’s supports and strengthens urban American Indian people through culturally based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development.

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$25,000

Dress for Success Twin Cities

St. Paul

To support the need for responsive online and mobile programming, which include individual skill building through the emPowerU curriculum, job search support, business attire provision, employer engagement through the IDEA Coalition, and stipends for the ULead pilot program in which participants gain job skills coordinating emPowerU activities.

Community Response Fund

$7,500

Esperanza United

St. Paul

To support Casa de Esperanza’s Fuerza Unida Amig@s program and to continue adapting and evolving community-based work through a mix of virtual adult and youth 8 programs, and engaging in community learning through topical podcasts, webinars, and community connection drop-in calls. Casa de Esperanza mobilizes Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence.

WFMN Fund for Safety

$25,000

Family Safety Network

Walker

WFMN Fund for Safety

$25,000

Family Tree Clinic

St. Paul

To deliver comprehensive sex education in Twin Cities Metro area schools with the goal of positively influencing sexual health outcomes among teens. Family Tree Clinic cultivates a healthy community through comprehensive sexual healthcare and education.

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$25,000

Gender Justice

St. Paul

To resource community-informed advocacy in the courts and at the Capitol to preserve and expand on Minnesota’s legal, health, safety, and economic advances and protections for women and LGBTQ+ individuals. Gender Justice envisions a world in which all people can thrive regardless of their gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

Community Response Fund

$10,000

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

St. Paul

To provide girls with knowledge and skills in the areas of STEM, financial literacy, and college- and career-readiness, as well as physical health and safety, mental health, and healthy relationships, while supporting families with additional financial assistance due to the continuing impacts of COVID-19. Girl Scouts’ ConnectZ is designed for girls from underserved communities with limited volunteer capacity, including communities of color, low-income communities, and immigrant communities.

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$18,750

Global Rights for Women (GRW)

Minneapolis

To support the Pathways to Family Peace program, the first in the nation providing remote violence intervention to domestic violence offenders. This grant will also fund GRW’s efforts to improve the long-term safety of victim survivors by improving the Minneapolis Police Department’s response to domestic violence calls.

Community Response Fund

$10,000

Her Purpose

Otsego

To seed work and help young women of diverse communities, ages of 16 to 25, who struggle with mental, physical, emotional health and substance use. Her Purpose will provide holistic programming for healing and help girls and young women build safety, self-esteem, and connections with caring adults.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$5,000

Hmong American Partnership

St. Paul

To enable the Nthxais Hmoob Career Program (NHCP), modeled after a Learn & Earn framework, which combines career counseling, wraparound support services, individualized service plans, and connections to employers to support Hmong and Karen girls, ages 14 to 18. HAP empowers refugee and immigrant communities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together

St. Paul

To run the Girls Enterprise Zone (EZ), a social, entrepreneurial, and workforce development program that uses teaching and hands-on work experience with Hmong girls, ages 13 to 18, to explore, create, and market their own products for sale. Hnub Tshiab is a catalyst for lasting social, cultural, and institutional change to improve the lives of Hmong women.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

Hope Community

Minneapolis

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$25,000

Liberty Community Church, PCUSA

Minneapolis

To serve participants of the Northside Healing Space by providing programming and tools through a culturally relevant and strengths-based approach. Liberty practices radical hope through the healing of racialized trauma, academic excellence, artistic expression, and innovative activism.

WFMN Fund for Safety

$25,000

Liberty Community Church, PCUSA

Minneapolis

To administer the 21st Century Academy, which equips K–12 scholars, particularly girls and young women, to be accelerated learners, game-changing global leaders, and justice-oriented entrepreneurs through academic support, enrichment, STEM learning, nutrition, and more. Liberty practices radical hope through the healing of racialized trauma, academic excellence, artistic expression, and innovative activism.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

Men as Peacemakers

Duluth

To support MAP’s programs to end gender-based violence through their Don’t Buy it Project, Girls Restorative Program, and Youth Restorative Justice programs. Men As Peacemakers helps Native girls and girls of color navigate an environment where sexual violence and exploitation has become normal.

WFMN Fund for Safety

$25,000

Men as Peacemakers

Duluth

To support girls of color as they build power to change the systems impacting youth and to normalize the power, influence, and leadership of girls of color. Men As Peacemakers helps Native girls and girls of color navigate an environment where sexual violence and exploitation has become normal.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

MIGIZI Communications, Inc.

Minneapolis

To expand the service area and partnerships of the First Person Productions Media and Green Jobs Pathways programs to increase the presence of positive narratives, laws, policies, and behaviors for young American Indian women. MIGIZI Communications provides a strong circle of support that nurtures the educational, social, economic, and cultural development of American Indian youth.

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$25,000

Minnesota African Women’s Association (MAWA)

Brooklyn Center

To promote the health and well-being of African refugee and immigrant women and their families in the Twin Cities’ area through research, education, advocacy, and programming. MAWA’s programmatic core goals ensure community integration, positive development, educational sufficiency, and teen pregnancy prevention for Panand career achievement, economic self African girls.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$5,000

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition

St. Paul

To implement a Survivor Advisory Board and to conduct 100 culturally respectful interviews with survivors of sex trafficking via Zoom. Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition builds resources to create awareness of and eliminate sexual violence against Indian women and children.

WFMN Fund for Safety

$25,000

Missions, Inc

Plymouth

To resource direct unrestricted financial assistance to victim-survivors at the Home Free Shelter, allowing staff to spend less time navigating the red tape involved in providing financial assistance and more time working with program participants to heal trauma and build resilience.

Community Response Fund

$10,000

Our Justice

Minneapolis

To foster a world developed by Black women where everyone, including young people, has the power and autonomy to decide if, when, and how they want to start or grow their families.

Community Response Fund

$10,000

Outfront Minnesota Community Services

Minneapolis

To train leaders of all ages to advocate to improve systems at schools and workplaces and to train organizations on best practices for inclusive and equitable environments that impact policies and their implementation. Additionally, funding supports OutFront’s Youth Leadership Council to organize the annual Youth Summit, engaging LGBTQ+ young people from across the state. OutFront Minnesota creates a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment, or discrimination.

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$18,750

Phumulani MN African Women Against Violence

Minneapolis

To increase accessibility to Phumulani’s cultural tea ceremonies for African Immigrant women survivors of violence and to engage in a language-accessible sexual violence prevention campaign for all African languages that are represented in Minnesota. Phumulani provides culturally specific resources to women and girls of African descent to change the cycle of gender-based abuse in vulnerable populations.

WFMN Fund for Safety

$25,000

Planned Parenthood North Central States

St. Paul

To support non-judgmental and affordable healthcare, culturally responsive education, and strategic advocacy efforts, especially the current financial and health crises disproportionately impacting Black, Indigenous, and people of color and communities with low incomes.

Community Response Fund

$10,000

Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault

Duluth

$25,000

Project DIVA International

Minneapolis

To support and serve Black girls age 12-18 from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding suburban communities with an intensive one-year personal and professional development coaching program. Project DIVA International involves families and other members of the community to give girls role models of success and culturally significant experiences concerning their own heritage, self-worth, and empowerment.

Community Response Fund

$7,500

Project DIVA International

Minneapolis

To fund the Business Academy 369, a program designed to allow Black girls the freedom to determine a career or business while allowing them to connect with successful women in those fields to learn more. Project DIVA guides Black girls throughout the Twin Cities to make informed decisions as they transition into adulthood through a supportive coaching program focused on economic literacy and five other key focus areas of development.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

Project FINE

Winona

To run the Girls Reaching Above and Beyond (GRAB) program, which supports and builds power with girls from refugee and immigrant families to help them discover their identities and create a road map to pursue their dreams. Project FINE strengthens and enriches the community by facilitating the integration of people who are ethnically diverse.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

Range Engineering Council

Hibbing

To run #night programming, which invites high school girls to come to the Iron Range Engineering (IRE) campus to learn about opportunities in engineering careers by experiencing hands-on projects, interacting with female college engineering students, and attending workshops led by female engineers from the industry. The Range Engineering Council supports and facilitates educational activities across the Iron Range that promote awareness of and encourage participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

RECLAIM!

St. Paul

To host the Queer & Trans Girls in Helping Professions group, which supports young people, ages 14 to 18, as they develop a group with therapeutic supports as well as career and professional development skill building. RECLAIM! works to increase access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

Restoration for All

Inver Grove Heights

To fund the Future Solution Now (FUSON) project to equip, train and support 15 African immigrant and refugee girls, ages 12 to 18, in ethnic entrepreneurship. Through the program, girls become aware of economic opportunities while recognizing personal skills needed to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Restoration for All nurtures and empowers individuals, organizations, and communities to discover, renew, and restore their cultural connections with improved socio-cultural well-being.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

Rice County Neighbors United

Northfield

To recognize and support the all-volunteer staff at Vecinxs Unidxs to coordinate and provide online classes related to building financial stability, anti-racism, mindfulness, and first-time homeownership for the immigrant and Latinx community in Northfield, and to resource direct unrestricted financial support to families facing income loss due to COVID-19.

Community Response Fund

$10,000

Ruth’s House of Hope, Inc.

Faribault

WFMN Fund for Safety

$11,000

Sisters In Christ Global

Coon Rapids

To fund Girl Fit—Transforming Lives through Movement, Mindset, and Mentorship Program, which works with girls, particularly Black, Indigenous, and girls of color, to transform negative emotions of pain and repressed traumas into positivity using fitness activities. Sisters In Christ Global works to achieve social equity and justice for women and girls.

Community Response Fund

$7,500

St. Catherine University

St. Paul

To administer a mentorship program for girls and young women called Cross-generational Female Economist Mentorship (C-FEM) for girls and young women from area high schools, ages 14 to 18. The MCDE promotes and supports gender and racial diversity in economics at every stage of the educational and career pipeline, while leveraging its position at a women’s college to design, implement, and study interventions.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

St. Paul Youth Services

St. Paul

To continue supporting young Black women as they organize virtually and advocate for serious change on issues affecting their lives and growing digital engagement and storytelling while earning a living wage. St. Paul Youth Services improves our community’s collective ability to engage and support all youth by pioneering and sharing best practices.

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$25,000

St. Paul Youth Services

St. Paul

To support the YouthPower Leadership Institute, a year-round, youth-designed leadership program where Black girls ages 13 to 18 come together to discover, celebrate, and exercise leadership. St. Paul Youth Services (SPYS) is a leader in reimagining how community engages with and holds itself accountable for youth.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

Terebinth Refuge

Waite Park

WFMN Fund for Safety

$25,000

The Advocates for Human Rights

Minneapolis

Community Response Fund

$5,000

The ANIKA Foundation

Minneapolis

To support TEXTURE, a youth social enterprise program that teaches technical skills, provides wraparound support for soft skills, emotional, and spiritual development, and equips youth with financial wellness education to make sound personal and business decisions through their WE! program. The ANIKA Foundation promotes healthy equity, civic engagement, and economic empowerment.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

The Fields at Rootsprings

Annandale

To support Black, Indigenous, and people of color who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community by providing a healing retreat space in the greater Minnesota area. The Fields at Rootsprings aims to nurture artistic and spiritual development especially for artists, activists, and healers through a foundation focused on building relationships between people and the land for healing.

Community Response Fund

$7,500

The Firecracker Foundation

Holt

WFMN Fund for Safety

$55,000

The Link

Minneapolis

To reinforce the leadership capacity of women of color and/or LGBTQ+ women while building internal capacity of the organization and leadership to be more effective leaders in the anti-trafficking field. The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and injustice.

WFMN Fund for Safety

$25,000

The Link

Minneapolis

To support the Career and Leadership Development program, which targets economic well-being, helping LGBTQ+ girls and young women of color to develop skills related to professionalism and the workplace, finance, and interpersonal abilities. The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and injustice.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

The Power of the People Leadership Institute

Minneapolis

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$25,000

The Power of the People Leadership Institute

Minneapolis

Community Response Fund

$7,500

The SEAD Project

Minneapolis

To support the SEA Change Lab and its alumni network, building the next generation of Southeast Asian (SEA) leaders through arts and storytelling for SEA youth, ages 12 to 25. The SEAD Project is committed to providing culturally safe and conducive learning environments to build key career pathways using cultural identity and social empowerment.

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$25,000

uCodeGirl

Fargo

To support Crack the Code: Mentorship, a program that provides supportive networking and STEM-focused events and opportunities for girls in the Fargo-Moorhead area. uCodeGirl builds a support system for teen girls to be nurtured for STEM academic success and to support students’ pursuit of their academic and career aspirations.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

United Community Action Partnership

Marshall

To support Generation Next, which works with girls, ages 12 to 18, to build awareness of gender inequities and cultural competency as a group and in their schools and local communities. United Community Action Partnership eliminates poverty by empowering individuals and strengthening communities.

girlsBuildingEconomicSuccessTogether (girlsBEST)

$14,000

Violence Intervention Projec, Inc.

Thief River Falls

For the youth-led advisory panel to recruit young women and youth ages 12 to 18 in their five-county service area to create awareness and develop strategies to reduce violence and exploitation in schools and communities and support young women to find and share their voices as they build their sense of agency and power through digital outreach. The Violence Intervention Project serves victims of domestic and sexual violence through crisis call response, emergency assistance, advocacy support, shelter, supervised visitation services, and other housing support.

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$25,000

Voices for Racial Justice

Minneapolis

To resource the Bridge Women’s Circle as they transition from incarceration back to community, and to develop the organizing power of those most impacted by mass incarceration. The Women’s Circle is a BIPOC safe space for women affected by incarceration to gather, heal, access resources, build leadership skills, define solutions, and act for change.

Community Response Fund

$10,000

Women of Nations

St. Paul

To support one of the nation’s only Native American non-reservation-based domestic violence and sexual assault shelters in providing and improving the hotel/motel program, which opened in response to the reduced capacity at the Eagles Nest Shelter during the pandemic.

Community Response Fund

$10,000

YWCA St. Paul

St. Paul

To continue building leadership and advocacy skills with the Young Women’s Cabinet, which grounds the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota in the lived experiences and expertise of young women and communities. The grant provides $15/hour payment to all 32 Cabinet members and strengthens engagement with the Young Women’s Initiative across the state. In total, the awards represent an investment of $451,500 through WFMN’s Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota.

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN)

$142,500