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Women United

Striving for racial and financial equity, Women United sees a community where all women have a path to financial stability, and all children have access to high-quality early childhood care and education. As a collective giving group, we invest in local programs that help women and children build a foundation for a thriving future.

Issues We’re Addressing

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.


Greater Twin Cities women are living below the poverty line


of children who experience poverty are less likely to retain consistent employment

The Purpose of Women United

When women come together as changemakers and invest in and support other women, they can solve issues no one can solve alone. We collaborate to allocate funding that leads to better early childhood education outcomes for kids and greater economic stability for women. This funding allows programs to test and scale innovative approaches that will fuel lasting change.

2022-2025 Partners

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Baby’s Space

A child development center in South Minneapolis, Baby’s Space creates a cycle of academic success and prosperity for families dealing with the systemic impacts of poverty, racism, and exclusion. They have two key goals: 1) to graduate young children who are healthy, compassionate, and developmentally prepared for school success and 2) to support children, parents, and staff in being engaged and empowered contributors to a thriving neighborhood and broader community.

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Esperanza United

Esperanza United mobilizes Latinas and Latino communities to end gender-based violence (GBV). They believe no one organization will end GBV; it requires capacity building, leadership development, and shifting the work into the hands of Latino community members. Programs aligned with Women United’s focus area include (1) a six-week financial literacy course which includes $500 in financial assistance for participants to open a bank account, (2) financial support to assist high school students with college application fees or ACT tutoring, and (3) an employment readiness program to help train participants in food service jobs, including translation services.

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Centro Tyrone Guzman

Founded in 1974, Centro Tyrone Guzman is the oldest Minneapolis-based multi-service Latine (1) organization, with the mission: to contribute to the well-being of Latine families through a holistic and intergenerational approach to education, health, and wellness. They use a family-centered, Montessori-influenced approach to serve and engage around 3,000 individuals annually, from infants through elders. Across all programs, they use Family Engagement and Community Engagement strategies to support their participants in sharing their skills, standing up against injustices; creating innovative responses to community needs; and preserving and celebrating the traditions that have shaped their lives.

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Network for the Development of Children of African Descent

Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD) is a culturally-based family education center focused on the healthy development of children. They do this by 1) preparing children for success in school and life, 2) equipping parents/caregivers with information and tools that allow them to support and advocate for children, and 3) helping families develop strong literacy and cultural foundations in homes. Building community around our children is a value that grounds and guides their work. They build and strengthen the community village (and adult villagers), so the village can raise, educate and support our children in the context of history, culture and heritage.

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Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center has proudly served the Minneapolis Community since 1924. Among the many programs offered, the following programs are aligned to the Women United focus areas: Mary T. Wellcome Child Development Center – certified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children; Community Resource Services (CRS)  –  a wraparound program that works peripherally with all PWCC’s other direct service programs that link families to resources in the community; and DigitalTechWorks Academy – a new digital skills program targeting youth and young adults (primarily women) and providing them with pathways to workforce development and digital certification in the technology space.

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Way to Grow

Founded in 1989, Way to Grow addresses the gaps in early childhood education through intensive home visiting services and supportive programming. They provide family support and stabilization services, health education, early learning/school readiness support, elementary education services, tutoring/academic support, and parent engagement programming. They aim to ensure every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and life.

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Our Progress to Date


women helped with financial stability


children supported with high-quality early learning


invested in the community



Support Women United

Gifts of any amount to Women United are appreciated and will allow us to address the needs of women and children in our community. Make a gift today or designate a gift to Women United during your workplace campaign.

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Stories about Women United and Partners


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CHS and United Way partner to create stable households in our community

Stories & News

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