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The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFMN) invests in innovation to drive gender and racial equity.
Founded in 1983, WFMN is the first and largest statewide women's foundation in the nation. We fund programs, research, policy and advocacy, and strategic communications that result in systems change – shifts in individual, cultural, and community attitudes and behaviors, and shifts in institutions and policies to create a Minnesota where women, girls, and all people thrive.
Learn more about the Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota here
$3 per pay period provides programs for young women to gain knowledge about personal finances and create a personal financial plan, manage personal finances to support themselves and build wealth, consider post-secondary education possibilities, and learn about the financial costs of college and how to access federal student aid. (Neighborhood House, St. Paul).
$5 per pay period provides young women (ages 12-24) the opportunity to participate in a statewide leadership advisory council to discuss their needs and the barriers to equity they face, and make recommendations based on their perspective and experiences for solutions to enhance their lives. (Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, Statewide).
$10 per pay period supports the Don’t Buy It Project, a program dedicated to engaging, educating, and mobilizing men and boys to reduce the commercial sexual exploitation of young women and girls and end the demand for sex trafficking (Men As Peacemakers, Duluth).
$20 per pay period provides underrepresented women from the Iron Range region enrolled in trade programs at Hibbing Community College with academic and employment bridge services to jobs in high-wage, high-demand careers, as well as tuition, childcare, and transportation assistance (Hibbing Community College, Hibbing).
Through Program Related Investments (PRIs), the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota also works with intermediary partners to provide financing through methods commonly associated with banks or other private investors, such as loans, to: Entrepreneur Fund, Nonprofits Assistance Fund, Venn Foundation, and WIN-WIN (Women Investing In Women Initiative) at Calvert Impact Capital. These investments are made in nonprofits that benefit women and girls in Minnesota and in businesses that are owned by women in northeastern Minnesota, as well as to infuse additional capital to nonprofits and social enterprises serving low-income communities throughout the U.S. and around the world.