Nominations are in, Fall Education Event on 9/27 at Genesys Works, Eye Opener on 11/5


Hello GIVING WoMN Members and Friends.  Here are few Fall 2016 Updates!

We sent out a newsletter last week to all members.  If you did NOT receive it, please email us at or call Barb at 612-964-6199.  We want to ensure our emails reach all members!

The newsletter has many details about reports back from former grant recipients, news around town regarding some of our former grant recipients, upcoming calendar items and more. Please check it out for more details, but in the meantime, here are a few highlights:

Grants Process: Thank you to the 29 members who submitted nominations for qualified 501(c)(3) organizations serving our community from members this spring!  The Grants Team has started their preliminary work and have requested Letters of Inquiry and hope to have those received by next week.  The first Grants Team meeting is on 9/8 and the fun work to understand these organizations and their projects proposed to us begins then.  As a reminder all members are welcome to join the Grants Team but it is important to be able to make most of the meetings.  If you are interested, please contact Ruth Bowman at .

Fall Education Event on September 27:  The year following receipt of a grant from GIVING WoMN, organizations agree to report back to our members about the work we funded.  At our Fall Education Event on Tuesday 9/27/2016, two of our February 2015 grant recipients, Genesys Works and Store to Door, will be presenting.  An invitation was sent to members on 9/1/2016 for this event.  There is also information and the link to RSVP in our last newsletter.  Questions? Email us at

GIVING WoMN Eye Opener on Saturday November 5:  We are very excited about how the event is taking shape!   It will again be a morning event held at The Minikahda Club with a tasty breakfast and beautiful venue. This year, we have chosen the important topic of “America’s Addiction to Opioids: What can be done?” and the committee is busy finalizing a great panel of notable experts. We look forward to providing an eye-opening experience for members and guests. Please invite friends and mark your calendar!

GIVING WoMN Announces February 2016 Grants


GIVING WoMN is pleased to announce our annual 2016 grants to Twin-Cities serving community organizations.  These grants will be distributed by the end of February.  Since our first grants were made in 2006, with this year’s recipients, we will have donated over $1,126,000 dollars to Twin Cities community-enriching  programs. This year we are making 5 Community grants ranging from $20,000 to $30,000, GW_main_color logo and tagdetermined 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 of our grant pool of $126,000 (in order of the number of weighted member votes and size of grant):

  • The Open Door: Mobile Lunch Box Program
  • Bridge for Youth: 400 SAFE – Text-for-Help Crisis Line Program
  • Face to Face: Step up to Employment Program
  • Perspectives: Children’s Mental Health Project
  • ARC: Voices Against Violence Initiative/Abuse Prevention Training

The funding amounts were allocated based on the weighted membership voting of the 90 members who voted. Member votes were spread among all ballot candidates so the grant amounts reflect these weighted votes. The committee did discuss whether one significantly larger grant could be made but with the distribution of votes, the 5 grants noted seemed to best reflect member interests and the broad distribution of member preferences.

If you have any questions about these recipients or our grants process, please feel free to contact Sue Gage  ( or Ruth Bowman (

All members are welcome to join us on the Grants Committee next cycle! The majority of our work starts in late August and ends by January with one final meeting in early February. Please contact Ruth Bowman ( if you want to join us this coming fall.

Also, nominations for our next cycle will open up with our Annual Meeting in May and will close on June 30.  Remember any organizations who meet our criteria and who have not received a grant in the last 3 cycles are eligible to be nominated for a grant.


GIVING WoMN is a collective giving organization with more than 100 Twin Cities women dedicated to creating social change in our community.  We offer women the opportunity to engage in a collaborative style of community-based philanthropy by pooling their resources to award grants to nonprofits in the areas of education, health and human services and engage in philanthropic education.  As of February 2016 GIVING WoMN will have given $1,126,000 to 47 nonprofits serving the Twin Cities. GIVING WoMN is one of the founders of the national organization Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network.

GIVING WoMN Winter 2016 Education Event Recap


Thank you to the 23 GIVING WoMN members and guests for joining us on Tuesday, February 9 at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley for our Winter Education Event.  The evening was filled with great food, great company and offered a wonderful culmination of what GIVING WoMN is all about as we heard from our final 2014 grant recipient and our 2016 recipients were revealed.
Jill Henly, Manager of Care Coordination and Social Work at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (“CKRI”) provided us with a detailed report on how they used their grant and how this project will act as a springboard for similar care coordination programs for other groups of patients. In February, 2014, CKRI received a $25,000 grant  from GIVING WoMN to help research and develop the case finding dashboard that they use to manage their stroke care coordination services. Our grant also assisted with their ability to hire a nurse care coordinator to determine next steps for patients and a care guide to help the patients find the best resources (transportation, care locations, etc.) to keep them on their rehabilitation track. The technology funded through the grant has become so advanced that the Care Coordinator can pull information for the entire population of stroke survivors and be provided with an immediate update on where each is at in their care process including alerts for who, if any, are behind in care or missing key components to their rehabilitation course. CKRI has been able to come up with this specialized course of rehabilitation for stoke patients depending on the level of after care needed. The course includes the necessary steps for each patient from 48 hours after discharge until a minimum of 1 year after discharge, including throughout the lifetime of the patient as needed. By setting up this incredible process, in the 2015 calendar year alone of the 550 acute stroke patients admitted through Abbott, CKRI has managed to reconnect 148 patients with needed therapy and physician services, booked 174 outpatient therapy evaluations and booked 39 physical medicine and rehab outpatient appointments.  This has caused a 46% decrease in emergency room visits and a 7% decrease in inpatient hospitalizations for this population. By reducing medical expenses through eliminating additional hospitalization and emergency care for these patients and directly coordinating their care schedules, with the help of GIVING WoMN, CKRI has managed to provide all of these patients with a better quality of life.  What a tremendous impact!

Speaking of impact, CKRI is now looking to expand their Stroke Care Coordination Services to the other Allina metro hospitals; United and Mercy. They also intend to develop similar models for patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, using this care coordination model for stroke patients as a foundation. It was a fascinating and very meaningful presentation that illustrated the difference that our grants make. For those of you interested in more of the specific information provided by CKRI here is the presentation (please be patient as the presentation loads): GIVING-WoMN-Courage-Kenny-Stroke-Care-Coordination-Report-02-09-2016

The second portion of the evening was lead by Grants Committee Co-Chair Ruth Bowman.  Ruth provided us with a wonderful overview of the steps involved in the process selection.  From the vetting of the 34 initial nominations, review of the 14 full grant proposals, determining the final 10 nominees for ballot consideration to the selection of the final 5 recipients it is clear that the committee has been very diligently at work since last May.  Thanks to Ruth and Sue Gage for heading up the committee as well as all of the committee members for providing us with such a great group of grant recipients!  We can’t wait to hear directly from them all at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday May 10!  You can read more about the 2016 grant recipients in the separate “2016 Grant Announcement” post and in our February 2016 Newsletter.
As another fun and inspirational meeting is in the books we’d like to thank the Engage and Educate committee (Heather O’Connor, Kaari Miller, Renee Macomber, Tobi Kalish, Amy Sorrels and Renee Kessler) for putting on another wonderful event.  A special Thank You to our member volunteers, Mina Harrigan and Charlene (Char) Berg Murphy who manned the cold south entrance and elevators to make sure everyone made it to the event location. E&E is so grateful for members like you!

Annual GIVING WoMN Grant Vote is Here!

Calling all GIVING WoMN members!

The email to rank our grant applicants was sent on Friday 1/15/2016.  All members can vote/rank our applicants.  That vote will determine which organizations/projects will get grants from us at the end of February AND the relative rankings will also determine how much each grant recipient receives from us.

There are 10 candidates on the ballot and the email contains a link to a summary of what each of them plan to do if they get a grant from us.

If you are a members and did NOT receive a ballot email, please contact us at and we want to troubleshoot the email delivery to you ASAP.

Results of the voting will be announced at our Winter Education Event on Tuesday February 9 and grant recipients will come talk with us at our Annual Meeting on Tuesday May 10.  Details for registering for the Winter Education Event were in our January newsletter sent on 1/11 and the Cast Your Ballot email sent on 1/15.

GIVING WoMN 11-2015 Eye-Opener Presentations


For GIVING WoMN members and friends who would like to see the slides from our Seventh Annual Eye-Opener: Mental Illness: Breaking the Stigma, you can view the slides from the presentations below. Enjoy!  Any questions? Email us at .

Here is the Andree Aronson’s NAMI presentation:


Here is the Legislative Update Presentation by Dr. Glenace Edwall:



Fall Events are around the corner!


Hello GIVING WoMN and friends!  Summer is still here, but fall has begun fast and furiously for GIVING WoMN.  Letters of Inquiry are coming in this week and our grant evaluation process begins with our first Grants Team meeting.

Our Fall Education Event is right around the corner, next Tuesday 9/15 at Open Arms of Minnesota.  All members received emails and registration information for this event.  We hope to see you there. As always, we will have tasty food and drink, but in addition, we have two reports back from former grant recipients, a tour of Open Arms and a small service project to help them. Don’t miss the fun and RSVP today!

We have a small group gathering on Thursday 9/24 at the home of Heather O’Connor in St. Paul. This is a great opportunity to bring a friend in a casual friendly environment to just learn more about GIVING WoMN and hear from a past Grant Recipient. Simpson Housing Services will be discussing our grant to them in February 2014.  Contact Heather directly or email us at if you are interested.

Also, it is NOT too early to put the Annual Eye-Opener breakfast event (Sat 11/7) on your calendar and mention it to friends.  More details were in the August Newsletter and will also be in the upcoming September Newsletter.

Calling all GIVING WoMN! Grant nominations close June 30


GW logo poster 05102015Hello GIVING WoMN members!

Remember that your nominations of 501(c)(3) organizations serving the Twin Cities metro with health, education, or human services are the only organizations we will evaluate in our upcoming grants process for grants to be made in February 2016!
Nominate your favorite organizations now by emailing with the organization name, website, and key contact information.
Nominations close on June 30, 2015!
Remember, to spread our funds around , those organizations who have received grants in the last 3 cycles are not eligible this time.

Also, remember, if you have friends who want to join and nominate an organization, NOW IS THE TIME!
Want more info? Go to this link to go our Nominations Page on our website:

Wonderful 10-Year, $1Million GIVING WoMN Celebration and Nominations are OPEN


Hello all GIVING WoMN members and friends!

Thanks to each and every one of our members for helping us reach $1 Million in community impact grants over the last 10 years!!!!  20150512_204009

We had a fabulous Annual Meeting and 10-Year Celebration last night at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul.  Thanks to all of our members and guests who were able to make it!  Thanks to all 42 representatives from our past grant recipient organizations who joined in the festivities.

As with each year, our nominations open up right after our Annual meeting for our next grant cycle and will be open until June 30.   Nominations can ONLY be made by GIVING WoMN members.  To learn more about nomination criteria and process CLICK HERE to go to our Nomination Guideline and Instructions webpage.

We will have a full recap of our annual meeting in an upcoming newsletter.





We “Marched to a Million” and Have Achieved 10 years of Collective Impact Grant-Making in our Community!

Join us! All GIVING WoMN members and their guests are invited! Balloons

When: Tuesday May 12, 2015

Where: Town & Country Club, St. Paul, MN

  • 5:30 PM – Annual Meeting
  • 6:15 PM Hearty hors d’oeuvre buffet begins and Celebration registration
  • 6:45 PM 10 Year- $1 Million of Impact Grants Celebration

Come meet 40+ Twin Cities non-profits who are providing important social services to improve our community.  Come hear the stories of how our grants are going to be put in use by our most recent 8 grant recipient non-profits from this past February.

All members received an emailed invitation with RSVP information.  Spread the word and bring friends!

Questions?  Email us at .

Have a Friend? Come to one of our upcoming GIVING WoMN Small Group Gatherings!


We are EXCITEDLY counting down the days until our Annual Meeting and 10 Year Celebration at which we will be making our final grants to achieve $1 Million in grants fueling health, education and human services programs serving people in need in our community in the Twin Cities!!!

Some members have already offered to host events in their homes this spring for small group gatherings.  As a reminder, they are perfect, low-pressure ways to bring friends to learn more about GIVING WoMN.  They are held in member homes, include some light food and beverage and we have a past grant recipient talk to the group and report back about how our grants have helped the community.

Here are upcoming small group gatherings.  If you would like to come, you can contact the hostess directly, or simply email us at and we will connect you with the hostess or let her know for you!  It is THAT easy. 🙂

Date Location Hostess GW Grant Recipient Speaking
4/28 7:00 PM South Minneapolis Susan Dowd Family Wise
5/7 6:30 PM Hopkins Char Murphy Ascension Catholic School


Note that we are rescheduling our 4/30 small group gathering to a later time. Remember, guests are always welcome at our events so in addition to these gatherings, please feel free to invite guests to our upcoming Annual Meeting and 10 Year Celebration.

Also, if you are willing to host a small group gathering please let us know at or contact Tobi Kalish.