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Women United Initiatives

Women United has identified early education and financial stability for women as significant needs in our community. United Way carefully monitors funded programs on an ongoing basis.

2020-2021 Grantees

Early Education

Children who enter school unprepared are 25% more likely to drop out of school, 60% more likely to never attend college, and 79% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime—costing Minnesotans $850 million per year.

We help children reach their full potential by investing in early education. Women United has granted $1.6 million over two years to support planning and implementation of innovative early childhood screening programs for children ages 3-5.

Baby’s Space

Supports the Trauma-Informed Personnel and Parent Empowerment Initiative, an innovative approach to staff recruitment and retention, training and support intended to improve child development outcomes for children from families in crisis.

Centro Tyrone Guzman

Supports the expansion of Siembra Montessori, a Spanish-English dual-language Montessori center targeting low-income Latino children who speak primarily Spanish in the home.

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

Supports the Early Care and Education and Women’s Economic Empowerment program. The purpose of this program is to provide and increase access to quality childcare in diverse, low-income neighborhoods in North Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area.

Financial Stability for Women

In the 9-county region, more than 175,000 women are living in poverty (2012 American Community Survey 3-yr Estimates).

We empower women through financial stability programs. Women United has granted $1.6 million over two years to support planning and implementation of innovative programs assisting women in their careers and helping them become financially stable.


Supports pilot program Adelante Mujeres (Women Moving Forward) that connects Latina women to socioeconomic mobility pathways, including asset building and protection, cultural and social capitol, providing transformational economic impact for women and their families.


Start Early Funders Coalition – MinneMinds

A key advocacy component of the Start Early Funders Coalition, this broad, bi-partisan group of over 100 statewide organizations advocates for equitable access to high-quality, culturally relevant, year-round, all-day early childhood programs.