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Our Impact

Scaling Impact & Responding to Community Concerns

Through annual statewide grantmaking, research, and policy, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota drives systems change for gender and racial justice. We build power with statewide communities who experience the greatest disparities so that women, girls, and gender-expansive people thrive.

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 four areas:

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.


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.

Research & Evaluation

Through qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation, the Women’s Foundation can better understand the lives of women and girls within communities, identify assets and barriers, and fund solutions.

National Impact & Partnership

The Foundation engages in collaborative funding and partnerships both within Minnesota’s foundation community and nationally.

One of our key roles is driving gender and racial justice in Minnesota using a collective-impact framework to build effective cross-sector partnerships. We know that no one sector can solve pressing community issues alone. The Foundation has the credibility, reputation, and track record of success to build effective cross-sector partnerships and galvanize resources to drive gender and racial justice and build pathways to economic security for the women and girls in our state who need it most.

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