Announcing an Opportunity to Honor the Leadership & Legacy of Lee Roper-Batker (WFMN President & CEO, 2001-2020)

WFMN’s impact and innovation to drive gender and racial equity in Minnesota is inextricably linked to the visionary leadership of Lee Roper-Batker. For nearly 20 years, Lee’s fierce, unwavering commitment to equity, strategic vision, and powerful leadership has had a tremendous impact on the lives of women, girls, and communities across our state.

In the months since announcing her official retirement date on January 3, 2020, donors and community stakeholders alike have asked how they can honor Lee’s leadership and tremendous impact in Minnesota, and beyond.

We asked Lee her wishes — and she asked that gifts be directed to the Girls Thrive Fund.

As a permanently endowed fund, Girls Thrive guarantees that future resources are available to support the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s (WFMN) innovative programs, such as:

  1. girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together)
  2. MN Girls Are Not For Sale
  3. Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota
  4. Wenda Weekes Moore Internship and Reatha Clark King Fellowship

In addition to your annual WFMN support, your gift to Girls Thrive will signal your appreciation for Lee’s leadership, commitment to equity, and partnership to ensure all girls thrive in our state.

Thank you to the generous donors who have already made a gift to Girls Thrive:

Anonymous • Erica Bergsland • Laura Bishop and Charles Weber • Michelle Lynn Daniel • Susan Denk and Deborah Cundy • Lucas Erickson • Beverly Grossman • Lynne Hardey • Blanche and Thane Hawkins • Mary Ellen Hennen • Saanii Hernandez and Adam Mohr • Anna Seaton Huntington • Julie and John Ingleman • Cindy Kent • Elizabeth King • Brook LaFloe • Karen Leonard • Margaret and Ilo Leppik • Cecilie Loidolt • Jen Lowman Day • Stacy and Benjamin Papier-Meister • Susan Marvin and Keith Schwartzwald • Gaye Adams Massey and Harold Massey • Joyce and Richard McFarland • Teddy McGuire •  Minnesota National Organization for Women Foundation • Lulete Mola • Wenda Weekes Moore • Gayle and Timothy Ober • Gail Polley-Nordhaus • Kevin and Heidi Walsh • Lauren Weck

Donate Today

When you make a gift online, select Girls Thrive from the drop-down menu after selecting the gift amount.

The legacy of Lee’s transformational leadership — a central force advancing gender and racial equity in Minnesota and across the nation — is remarkable. She has:

Your additional gift to Girls Thrive will ensure the impact of Lee’s leadership for generations to come. Thank you!

For more information, contact Anna Seaton Huntington, Vice President of Advancement, at 612-236-1837 or

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