GIVING WoMN Nominations are Open for Feb 2020 Grants!


Thanks GIVING WoMN Members for another great year and thanks to all who were able to join us at another inspiring Annual Meeting this past Monday.

Nominations are open! Please submit your recommended Twin Cities serving non-profit.

The new grants cycle has officially begun, and your GIVING WoMN Grants Committee is starting its work for granting awards in February of 2020. We need your recommendations before end of day June 30, 2019 for organizations to be considered for funding.


Details about criteria and how to submit a grant were emailed to GIVING WoMN Members on Tuesday 5/14/2019.

Any questions or can’t find the email? Contact us at .

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GIVING WoMN Announces February 2019 Grants of $137,000


ANNOUNCING OUR LATEST GIVING WoMN GRANTS! We had a fun and educational event at YWCA on Tuesday 2/26 where we not only learned about the YWCA and their Girls Inc. Eureka! STEM Program, but we also announced our 2019 grant recipients!

Since our first grants in 2006, GIVING WoMN a group of approximately 100 women, has donated over $1,506,000 dollars to Twin Cities community-enriching programs. This year we are making 8 grants ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 and totaling $137,000. Grant projects/organizations and amounts are determined based on member votes/rank and our published funding principles (available on the Grants tab on our website).

Here are this year’s grant recipients:

  • Breaking Free: $35,000
  • Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly: $25,000
  • Guild Inc. Youth Mental Health Program: $17,000
  • Washburn Center For Children In-Home Therapy Program: $15,000
  • Treehouse, Treehouse Next Program: $15,000
  • Cristo Rey AP Course Expansion Program: $10,000
  • St. David’s Center for Child/Family Dev.: Harmon Center: $10,000
  • KIPP MN, KIPP Through College Program: $10,000

GIVING WoMN is also thankful for our partnership with The Collabrium, who volunteer their services to provide coaching to each of our grant recipients! In addition to their grant, GIVING WoMN grant recipients also receive the benefit of organizational development!

Bring a Friend for a casual small group GW event – January



On January 15, 2019, Ready Set Smile, a February 2017 GIVING WoMN grant recipient will be reporting back at an event co-hosted by PK Kriha and Sharon Secor.

All members are welcome as are their guests. The event will take place starting at 6:30 pm at Sharon’s home, 5008 Ridge Rd, Edina, MN 55436. Please contact PK at  or Sharon at  for more information or to RSVP.

You may also contact GIVING WoMN Communications at .

Come to the 10th Annual GIVING WoMN Eye Opener, Saturday 11/3


You won’t want to miss the 10th Annual Eye-Opener on Saturday November 3rd. We have an important topic, amazing presenters, tasty breakfast and a beautiful venue at the Minikahda Club.

Please join us for “Affordable Housing: It’s More Than Just a Home”

Where would you be without the safety and security of your home? We will offer a panel of distinguished experts including:

  • Anne Mavity, Executive Director of Minnesota Housing Partnership
  • Deidre Schmidt, President & CEO of CommonBond Communities.  

They will lead the discussion as we delve into the topic of Affordable Housing and help us understand what is being done on a state level to supply more options as well as what we can do to help those in need. We will also hear first-hand from someone who has be affected by this issue.


  • Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Registration and Breakfast 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Program: 9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Minikahda Club, 3205 Excelsior Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55416

WHO: GIVING WoMN members and guests are invited free of charge

Invite your friends and come be part of the conversation as we all learn what role we can take to help. RSVPs can be submitted now until Tuesday, October 30th with information emailed to members or by emailing us at

Click Here for a printable invite you can share with guests.If you are interested in helping with this event in any way, please contact Kaari Miller at  or Renee Macomber at .


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The meeting will begin with registration at 5:30 pm on Monday, May 21 at Surly Brewing, 520 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.  

Please join us for hearty hors d’oeuvres and drinks as we celebrate our 2018 Grant Recipients.

This is a great way to get specific details about each of the programs and the impact that our grants will make within each organization and in the community. The evening is sure to be emotionally uplifting; filled with enthusiasm and hope as we hear from each of our February 2018 Grant Recipients.

This evening is one of the high points of our year as it solidifies and spotlights our collective impact on our community.

If you’ve been thinking of introducing a friend, relative or co-worker to GIVING WoMN and showing them what we are all about, this is the perfect opportunity! Please register you and your guests by Friday May 11, 2018.

If you have ANY questions or difficulties registering, please email us at and we will take care of your registration.

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Tuesday September 11, 2018 5:30 PM


WHERE: Youth Farm’s Baker Center location at 209 West Page Street, St. Paul, MN 55107.

WHEN: Registration and Social time begin at 5:30pm, the Program begins at 6:15pm and Social time resumes at 7:30pm. .

Please join us as we hear reports from two of our February 2017 grant recipients. Youth Farm will report back on their general operating grant and Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative will report back on the 66 West Youth Housing Project. 

A brief tour of Youth Farm’s greenhouse will be included.

Hearty hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

If you’ve been thinking of introducing a friend, relative or co-worker to GIVING WoMN and showing them what we are all about, this is an excellent opportunity! Please register you and your guests by Tuesday September 4, 2018.

If you have ANY questions or difficulties registering, please email us at and we will take care of your registration.

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GIVING WoMN Summer 2018 Updates


Summer is here and it is a busy time for GIVING WoMN.  A few reminders:

  1. Grant Nominations are currently OPEN and close on Saturday June 30 at midnight.  As a reminder, only Twin Cities serving organizations nominated by our members can enter our grants process for our next grants in February 2019.  Information about nominations was in the June Newsletter emailed to all members.
  2. We have an upcoming Small Group Gathering in St. Louis Park on Tuesday July 17 hosted by Lynn Giovanelli and Laurie Hassenstab.  Boys and Girls Club will be reporting back about our 2017 grant to them for their reading program with Groves Academy.  RSVP to one of the hostesses with contact information included in the June Newsletter or by emailing us at These events are a great casual, low-pressure way to introduce friends to GIVING WoMN.  Join in on the fun!
  3. All members are welcome to serve on our Grants Team and help prioritize our grants candidates based on our criteria for the all-member vote next January.  Work begins this fall and involves attending 4 key meetings and some work individually scheduled.  If you are interested, please contact Mary Weber or Mary Routhieaux, our Grants Team Co-chairs.
  4. Mark your calendar for our Fall Events:
    1. GW Fall Education Event at Youth Farm on Tuesday evening 9/11/2018.
    2. Annual GW Eye Opener breakfast symposium: “Affordable Housing: It is more than just a Home” Saturday November 3, 2018.

Small Group Gathering – in Victoria with Sheridan Story -Bring Friends!


Calling all GIVING WoMN members!  Have a friend whom you would like to introduce to GIVING WoMN in a low-pressure, casual setting and meet one of our past grant recipients?

On Thursday, May 10th – Sheridan Story will be presenting at Laura Moore’s home in Victoria MN with Barb Hallowell co-hosting. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Laura at or GIVING WoMN Communications at  for more information.


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GIVING WoMN 2018 Winter Education Event

Perspectives’ Report to GW Members and February 2018 Grant Announcement

Please join us on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Perspectives in St. Louis Park. This will be a great opportunity to learn about this important community resource AND to see how GIVING WoMN funds have been put to good use. The Perspectives team will be making their formal report back to us about our Grant to them in February 2016 in support of their Children’s Mental Health Program.
In addition, at this event we will announce which organizations/projects will be receiving grants from us at the end of February 2018. And of course we will have some friendly socializing and refreshments.
The evening will begin with a social time and registration at 5:30 pm and the program will begin at 6:15 pm.  Social time will resume at 7:30 pm.
Hearty appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be served, so feel free to make it dinner if that works well for you. 
The more the merrier! This will be a great event to introduce friends to GIVING WoMN.
Perspectives is located at 3381 Gorham Avenue, St. Louis Park, MN 55426. There is a parking lot across the street from the building off of Walker Street.

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