Women United

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Mobilizing the Power of Women to Advance the Common Good

Created and led by women, Women United® is a global force of more than 75,000 women representing United Ways from across the country, all dedicated to effecting change in their local communities. United Way of Racine County’s Women United® supports United Way’s efforts to build an educated workforce. Members are mobilized and inspired to become powerful philanthropists.

How to Join

Our members are united in their passion for community and giving back. Life-changing programs require funding, and we ask members to demonstrate their passion by making a personal financial commitment. Any United Way of Racine County donor who gives a minimum annual gift of $1,000 or more is qualified to join; to finalize your membership, just fill out this brief form.

We also offer membership at a reduced/tiered cost: first year - $250; second year - $500; third year - $750; fourth year $1,000.

Contributions can be made by check, credit card, monthly bank transfer or payroll deduction. Memberships are for a 12-month period from the date of the pledge.  Donations can be made to United Way of Racine County or directly to Women United. 

Membership Benefits

As a Women United® member, you will share your time and talents with an amazing group of women who not only want to see positive change in the community—they want to create it.

  • Be part of a local group of women dedicated to supporting each other and the community.
  • Receive exclusive invites to special events, including fundraising and volunteer opportunities.
  • Be part of a nationally recognized group of dedicated, female philanthropists.
  • Learn about the real needs and issues affecting our community.
  • Be listed in United Way publications and online.
  • Qualify for charitable tax deductions on your gift.

Donors that pledge $1,000 or more either individually or with their spouse and donors that are part of the step up program have the option to service on the Women United Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee is responsible for event planning, recruitment of new members, volunteer activities and grant recommendations. 

Donors that pledge under $1,000 and aren't interested in the step-up program can serve on the Steering Committee which meets to work on events, membership and sponsorships. 

Executive Committee Members:

  • Chair: Laura Matter
  • Vice chair: Gina Sorenson
  • Amanda Bulgrin
  • Francesca Bumpurs
  • Frances Kis

Brighter Future Fund

Through the creation of the Brighter Future Fund, Women United® shows its commitment to supporting United Way of Racine County’s goal of building an educated workforce. This fund, which is separate from United Way’s community campaign, offers grant opportunities to programs aiding the development of today and tomorrow’s workforces, with a focus on women and children. Annual grants are available to programs that support family financial stability, school readiness and on-time graduation. Grant recipients are determined by the Women United® executive committee.

2019 Grant Recipients

  • Catherine Marian Housing, Bethany Apartments - School STARS
  • Catholic Charities - Hispanic AFA / LIFT
  • Faith Hope & Love - Duffels for Kids
  • Great Lakes Conservation Corps. - Accelerated Remediation for Graduation Readiness
  • Higher Expectations - Bright by Text
  • Racine Family YMCA - Teen Achievers
  • Riverbend Nature Center - Building Blocks of Nature
  • SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc. - Girls Inc. of SE WI
  • Youth for Christ - Parent Life
  • YWCA of Southeastern WI - Racine Personal Financial Management

Power of the Purse

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 3rd annual Power of the Purse.  It was a huge success - we raised over $9,000 to support women and children in Racine County.

Women United's annual Power of the Purse luncheon auctions off purses, handbags, beauty products, certificates to local business, and more in support of the Brighter Future Fund. If you're interested in contributing purses or funding so that we can offer great auction items, please fill out the following form.

Donate Purses or Cash to Power of the Purse

For more information, please contact Tracie Feest at 262-898-2242.


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