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MWL Foundation: Founding Donors

Become an MWL Foundation “Founding Donor” and Support the Charitable Work of MWL


In order to support the charitable activities of Minnesota Women Lawyers and its efforts to advance the success of women attorneys, the MWL Foundation Board of Directors is excited to create a foundation that is as flourishing as MWL itself.  To do that, we need the support of MWL members – women and men who have contributed so much in the past and who want to continue to see the work of MWL expand and affect even more current and future women lawyers.


This year, the MWL Foundation Board of Directors has set a goal of raising $30,000 through Founding Donor contributions.  (One hundred donations of at least $300.)  This campaign will jumpstart and support the work of the MWL Foundation by ensuring its long-term financial stability and building a reserve of unrestricted resources to allow MWL to continue its efforts towards equality, leadership, and community. 


Earlier this Fall, when the MWL Foundation first reached out to MWL’s leadership for support, over 30 leaders committed to be a Founding Donor. Subsequently, the MWL Foundation Founding Donor opportunity was formerly launched at the recent MWL Wahl Lecture.  With a phenomenal response to our invitation at that event, we now have 58 Founding Donors in total.


Clearly, we are well on our way to our campaign goal of 100 Founding Donors, but we need your help to close the gap. By December 31, 2016, we need 42 more Founding Donors to help the Foundation reach its goal. Will you be among them?


Special Thanks to MWL Foundation "Founding Donors" (to date):


Cindy Ackerman      

Connie Armstrong  

Laura Arneson

Jan Ballman  

Dana Bartocci



Sonja Beddow  


Suzanne Born


Lisa Brabbit


Tonya Bransford


Sonya Braunschweig


Kendra Brodin


Patricia Carl  


Dixie Carroll  


Annamarie Daley  


Jana Aune Deach


Marie Failinger  


Susan Gallagher


Amber Garry


Michelle Grant

 Melissa Houghtaling


Emerald Gratz


Shannnon Harmon


Kristin Haugen  


Beverly Jones Heydinger       


Susan M. Holden  


Veena Iyer       


Gina Janeiro


Ann Jenrette-Thomas


Anne Johnson


Sara Jones


Ann Juergens


Brandi Kerber


Poonam Kumar


Connie Lahn


John W. Lang   


Michelle Looby


Law Office of 
Katherine L. MacKinnon P.L.L.C.


Tara Mattessich       


Teresa McClain


Laura McKnight


Wenda & Cornell Moore Fund   


Bridget Nason        


Anna Nelson  


Brooke Nelson 


Hon. Susan R. Nelson    


Hon. Cara Lee Neville       


Judy Oakes      


Karen Opp


Theresa Peterson


Alona Rindal


Jenny Robbins


Pam Rochlin


Brent Routman


Kathleen Smith Ruhland 


Ellen Sampson   


Hon. Kathleen Sanberg

Schaefer Halleen LLC Breia Schleuss


Amy Schmidt  

Sara Schwebs         

Evon Spangler 

 Mary Szondy

 Amy Taber

 Terry Trogdon

 Jennifer Urban

 Hon. Mary Vasaly


 Erica Weber

 Katie Welsch

 Katie Barrett Wiik

 Debra Yerigan































MWL Foundation Founding Donor contributions continue to be accepted, as we work to reach our 100 donor goal.  Please use a link below to make your donation.


Become an MWL Foundation Founding Donor by making a $300 contribution during this 2016-2017 fiscal year (which runs through June 30, 2017). By making a Founding Donor contribution, you will not only receive the satisfaction of helping the MWL Foundation build a financial “foundation” from which to do its important work, but you will also receive recognition on the MWL Foundation website, as well as recognition at the 2017 MWL Annual Conference for Women in the Law on April 21st, 2017. 


Find out more about the work of the MWL Foundation HERE


To make your Founding Donor contribution of $300, please click below. 


(PLEASE NOTE:  Unless otherwise specified, all contributions to The MWL Foundation’s General Fund of $300 or more during FY16-17 will be considered Founding Donor donations. Donors who make a pledge today can make payment immediately, or do so any time before June 30, 2017.)






For information or assistance, please contact MWL Foundation Executive Director Debra Pexa (; 612/338-3205).


The MWL Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible as charitable contributions, as allowed by law.


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