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.

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. 

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

AAUW Racine Branch:  www.racine-wi.aauw.net

Junior League of Racine:  Katie Jensen - president@jlracine.org

Professional Women's Network for Service, Inc.:  www.pwnsinc.org

Racine Women for Racial Justice: www.rwrj.org

Tempo Racine:  Carolyn Friesch, president, carolynn.friesch@gmail.com


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.

The Brighter Future Fund will be announcing 2022 grant awardees on October 13, 2022 at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Tracie Feest.

2021 Grant Recipients

  • Ascension All Saints Hospital Foundation – Women of Worth
    • New computer literacy and employment readiness program to build financial stability.  Empowers women with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorder issues. 
    • https://healthcare.ascension.org
  • BeLEAF Survivors – SCAN (Stop Child Abuse & Neglect)
    • Aligns with on-time graduation by helping kids stay in school and getting the help they need when abuse happens.  Without a safe start or place, children face barriers to success and the cycle of pain continues. 
    • https://beleafsurvivors.org
  • Big Sisters of Greater Racine – PALS and Big Sister Program
    • The immediate and long-term based benefits of a supportive Big Sister include increased high school graduation rates, healthier relationships and lifestyle choices, enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence, improved behavior both at home and at school, stronger relationships with parents, teachers and peers and improved interpersonal skills.
    • https://bigsistersracine.org
  • Burlington Transitional Living Center – Financial Management Program
    • The 7-week curriculum is designed to teach new financial skills or review ones that they may already know.  The objective is to create financial behaviors that better align the clients with the long-term financial goals they have set forth.
    • https://www.tlcburlington.com
  • Faith Hope & Love – Duffels for Kids
    • Emergency duffels for kids in crisis.  Expanded program into RUSD with school counselors.
    • https://fhlforkids.org/
  • Great Lakes Conservation Corps – Female Veterans Unite of the Veterans Corps.
    • The Female Veterans Unit will serve as a peer group but will feature programming to strengthen levels of interaction, dialogue and belonging.  There is also a focus on gender equality and financial stability.
    • https://greatlakesccc.org/
  • HALO – The Way Home
    • Using Dave Ramsey's financial program as a guide, residents will be coached in prioritizing spending, evaluating needs versus wants, bill paying strategies, paying off debt, saving for the future including housing, children's education and emergencies. 
    • https://haloinc.org/
  • Main Project Community – Creative Writing Program
    • Main Project Community's mission is to provide a community space where youth and young adults can develop professional and life skills through hands-on learning.  The Creative Writing Program is especially focused on helping students learn to read and write with a goal of increasing their reading level, comfort with writing and typing and ability to turn their ideas into a story.
    • https://www.facebook.com/The-main-project-and-cafe-on-state-100882101831303/
  • Racine Vocational Ministry – Second Chance Program for Women
    • Programming for female re-entrants that allows them to gain work experience, address negative and antisocial thinking patterns, build their resumes and develop the skills needed to obtain sustainable employment and financial stability. 
    • https://www.rvmracine.org/
  • Riverbend Nature Center – Discovery Stumps – Chickadee Interactive Nature Trail
    • The design, building and creating the 20 elements for the first year of installation of the trail.  The discovery stump trail is sensory based and designed to engage children from toddlers through elementary school.
    • http://riverbendracine.org/
  • SAFE Haven of Racine – Girls Inc. program at Knapp and Julian Thomas
    • After-school programming in the GirlsStart program.  It is designed to increase literacy skills, self-esteem and success of first and second grade girls whose academic performance is below grade level. 
    • https://safehavenofracine.org/
  • Women’s Resource Center – Moving Ahead Program
    • Financial literacy training to survivors of domestic abuse.  Helps them to achieve financial independence and rebuild their lives. 
    • https://www.wrcracinewi.com/
  • YWCA of Southeastern Wisconsin – Racine Personal Financial Management 
    • PFM offers a continuum of critical financial knowledge and coaching to create a better financial future. Rotating workshops include credit, budgeting, savings, personal loans, student loans, renting, home ownership, insurance, pay-day loans, rent-to-own, retirement, identity protection and couponing.  
    • http://www.ywcasew.org

Thank you to all organizations who applied for funding through the Brighter Future Fund.  You are all making a difference in our community.

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.  Join us on April 29, 2022 for our next event. Power of the Purse 2022

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.