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Your health and safety are our top priority. In compliance with the latest CDC and MDH recommendations, amid rising Delta variant transmission and COVID-19 cases in the Twin Cities, YWCA Minneapolis will require face coverings to be worn by everyone – both vaccinated and unvaccinated – when inside our facilities, effective September 13. Learn More

Pool Closure: YWCA Downtown pool will be closed during a few hours on Sept. 18 – 19; see times here. The downtown pool will also be closed Sept. 21 – 24 for annual maintainance.

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Circle of Women

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Circle of Women!

In 1997, Circle of Women gathered 500 women to celebrate their power and to develop women as philanthropists in the community. The objective was to broaden the base of support for YWCA Minneapolis programs and help improve the future for women and girls in the Twin Cities. This year, we’re celebrating 25 years of this event, the lives changed and the progress made over the decades.

Our anniversary event will be held virtually, connecting supporters with our mission to eliminate racism and empower women and girls, while creating meaningful engagement through technology.

Help support our mission by becoming an ambassador and joining us on May 18!

Date: Tuesday, May 18
Time: 6:00 – 6:45 pm

Supporting Life-Changing Programs

Circle of Women signature fundraiser is an inspirational opportunity to support life-changing programs that eliminate racism and empower women and girls in our community.

Here’s What to Expect:

  • Fun! We want to laugh and celebrate our community together. We want to hear from you!
  • A showcase of YWCA’s outstanding programs and the impact.
  • Inspiring stories from YWCA supporters, staff, fitness members, parents and program participants.
  • Honoring our 4th Woman of Power Award recipient.
  • Online shopping with a purpose through our silent auction.
  • Challenge matches that will double your impact.

See a recap of our 2020 event here.

Every year, we deliver innovative programs and passionate advocacy in racial justice, education and wellness, creating a positive impact on the lives of over 30,000 people in our community.

2021 Woman of Power Award

We are proud to present the 2021 Woman of Power Award to Maria Regan Gonzalez, a Minnesota leader who embodies the values and mission of YWCA Minneapolis through her extraordinary commitment to social and racial equity, peace, justice, freedom and dignity.

YWCA Minneapolis established the Woman of Power Award in 2018 to honor women across the Twin Cities who have demonstrated commitment, enthusiasm and support for YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. The award will be presented during the 25th anniversary Circle of Women.

Our Impact Each Year:

  • 5,000 diverse individuals are empowered to take action to eliminate racism and promote equity
  • 720 children receive high-quality, anti-bias early childhood education
  • 1,250 girls and youth become leaders, learners and creators of change in our afterschool programs
  • 24,200 health and fitness members achieve better health and wellness

Ticket Options

This year, we have two different options for individual tickets. Join us for free or enjoy the event with a celebratory Stay-At-Home Experience Package sent to your home. The package includes a 25th-anniversary commemorative item and other exciting items from local women/BIPOC-owned businesses.

Individual Ticket Free
Individual Ticket + Stay-At-Home Experience Package $75

Sponsorship Opportunities

As a sponsor of Circle of Women, you will demonstrate support for YWCA Minneapolis, serving women and families for 130 years. Event sponsorship connects your organization to YWCA’s powerful legacy and invests in the path ahead. We invite you to support our mission by becoming a sponsor.

For information on 2021 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alyssa Whalon at awhalon@ywcampls.org.