Founded in 1983, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota is the first statewide women’s foundation in the nation and remains the only grantmaking organization in Minnesota dedicated exclusively to growing equity for women and girls. Founders across the state were united by a powerful common goal to create an enduring legacy of equality for women and girls.
They were deeply concerned about two related issues: the small proportion of philanthropic support allocated to women and girls in Minnesota (less than 3 percent at the time) and the fact that support did not address the need for long-term system-wide change.
As a statewide community foundation, the Foundation makes grants, invests in research, advocates policy, and forges cross-sector partnerships to ensure community-based, community-led solutions across Minnesota. Kathy is proud to serve on the Professional Advisors Committee for the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.