The purpose of this thesis was to determine how much money Minnesota foundations contributed to programs for women. The study examined the grants awarded by a representative sample of 12 Minnesota foundations over a four year period (1980-1983). Data was collected from foundations' annual reports or 990 tax forms. The amount of funding each foundation contributed to women's programs and the type of services founded were recorded.

Results from the study indicated that programs for women do not received much of the total amount of funding given by these Minnesota foundations. The four year average percentage of funding to women was 3.46% of total giving. In 1980, women's programs received 4.24%, in 1981, 3.2%, in 1982, 3.24%, and in 1983, 3.45%. The percentage of funding for women dropped significantly in 1981 and increased very little in 1982 and 1983.

This pattern of giving occurred during a time of federal cut backs to human services programs that primarily affected women and children. Statistics show increasing poverty among women. Increased funding of programs for women by foundations, individuals and the government is needed.


David Janovy

Committee Member

Barbara Keating

Committee Member

Bill R. Webster

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Social and Behavioral Sciences



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