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Women's Foundation of Minnesota

The Women's Foundation of Minnesota invests in social change to achieve equality for all women and girls in Minnesota.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 5/24/2013
105 Fifth Avenue South
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-337-5010
Fax: 612-337-0404
EIN 41-1635761
Principal Staff Lee Roper-Batker, President and CEO
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 10.73
Number of Volunteers 75-100
Number of Clients Served 20,000
Tags / Keywords Philanthropy/Voluntarism, Children & Families
General Information
Board Chair Julia Classen
Number of Board Members 21
Board meetings with quorum 4
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 11.33
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
• The Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota research project has been successfully launched in partnership with the University of Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey Institute. Research in report form and in a regularly updated web-based tool will be used by academicians, policy makers, non-profit leaders, and philanthropists to influence policies related to gender equity. • Grantmaking was strengthened and increased in the girlsBEST Fund. Last year we provided planning grants, one-year implementation grants and challenge grants. Total girls served last year was 2000. 100% high school graduation, 97% post-secondary enrollment, 3 per 1000 pregnancy rate. • Grantmaking in the Social Change Fund was significantly focused on our Economic Justice focus area. Our goal over the next few years is to measure deeper and broader impact in the area of building women’s economic security. Total women served last year was almost 13,000. • Grantmaking for MN Girls Are Not For Sale supported organizations to end the sex trafficking of girls in Minnesota. Total women impacted was almost 12,000.
Current Goals
The Foundation has four strategic goals for our current fiscal year. These goals and select strategies are listed below: GOAL ONE: Galvanize resources to end the prostitution of girls in Minnesota. • Convene broad stakeholder groups to sustain a shared plan and vision to end the prostitution of MN girls. • Conduct a public education campaign to educate and mobilize support. • Leverage our position as a philanthropy to advocate for policies and laws. • Conduct research to determine scope of trafficking of girls in MN. GOAL TWO: Leverage the Foundation's expertise and assets to broaden support for women and girls equality. • Participate in local/state/national/international strategic partnerships to increase support on issues impacting women and girls. • Use research and evaluation results with key funders to promote investments in women and girls. GOAL THREE: Ensure Foundation's sustainability to advance its mission. • Successfully meet or exceed annual development goals by increasing and diversifying revenue stream and donors. • Increase funds and visibility in the corporate sector. • Enlarge and increase DAF grantmaking to WFM grantees. GOAL FOUR: Strengthen and link grantmaking, research and programs to shift communities, institutions, and policies. • Continue partnership with the U of MN's Center on Women & Public Policy to disseminate research. • Build girlsBEST IV grantee leadership and organizational capacity. • Measure impact of grantmaking.
Community or Constituency Served
Women and girls.
Geographic Area Served
Minnesota (Statewide)
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $2,048,538 81.6%
Management: $334,336 13.3%
Fundraising: $127,544 5.1%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2012 2011 2010
End of Year: $612,206 $1,484,586 ($1,436,755)
Beginning of Year $1,484,586 ($1,436,755) ($2,017,425)
Difference ($872,380) $2,921,341 $580,670
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $612,206
Based on information provided on 2010 to 2012
From the Charity A NOTE TO OUR DONORS: At the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, we appreciate the rigorous standards set for Minnesota nonprofits by the Charities Review Council and are proud to receive their seal of approval. This transparency of operations and data enables you, our donors, to make thoughtful and informed decisions about your giving and feel confident that your investment in us is sound and making a real difference in the community. Thank you for your partnership to achieve equality for all women and girls in Minnesota.
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