Grants lifting up women part of $7.5 million awarded to Minnesota nonprofits

Dec. 7, 2016

The Saint Paul FoundationF. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation recently awarded more than $7.5 million to nonprofit organizations across the state. Organizations and programs that provide support and opportunities for women were among the 225 grantees.

“We are at an interesting point in history. Women are increasingly active and involved in shaping the world we live in, yet massive disparities still exist. Ensuring all people thrive in Minnesota means not only looking at how issues like the wage gap or physical safety affect women, but how they intersect with other factors, like race, and how that changes the way we approach these topics,” said Ann Mulholland, vice president of Community Impact at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.

According to MN Compass, the median household income for women in Minnesota is $55,600 compared to $67,000 for men. This breakdown changes more drastically for women of color. The National Women’s Law Center reports that for every dollar white, non-Latino men make, African American women earn 61.5 cents, Latina women earn 51.1 cents, Asian American women earn 70.6 cents and American Indian women earn 58.5 cents.

Reports from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence show that in the state of Minnesota, one in three women experiencing homelessness is homeless because of domestic violence. Nationally, more than 33 percent of all women have experienced intimate partner violence.

“To create equity, we need to recognize that intersectionality plays into how a woman needs services delivered and make sure women are informing and forming proposed solutions,” said Mulholland.

Of the 86 grants made by The Saint Paul Foundation, $20,000 was awarded to Women of Nations, one of the few non-reservation based, culturally-specific domestic violence programs in the country. This grant covered capital improvements on their Eagle’s Nest Shelter – a 44-bed emergency housing facility for women and children fleeing domestic abuse.

Among F. R. Bigelow Foundation’s 79 grants was a $50,000 grant to TakeAction Minnesota to support their Organizing Women for a Stronger, Fairer Economy program. TakeAction develops women as leaders and policy advocates, creating space for them to inform political change. Past advocacy included the Paid Sick and Safe Time ordinance and the Justice for All campaign.

One of the 60 grants awarded by Mardag Foundation will give Minnesota African Women’s Association (MAWA) $10,000 for the East Metro AGILE and Tutoring program. MAWA’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of African refugee and immigrant women and their families. Their AGILE program is a year-round cultural enrichment and tutoring program for Pan-African girls aged 14-18.

All three foundations made grants totaling just over $90,000 for Men as Peacemakers and their work to build a diverse collective impact network to end gender-based violence. This work will be in partnership with the Hmong-led organization ManForward and the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition with a goal to develop culturally-based strategies to address gender violence in communities of color.

Grant Lists

The Saint Paul Foundation grants list

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F. R. Bigelow Foundation grants lits

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Mardag Foundation grants list

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