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
  • Angela Allen
  • 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.

2022 Grant Recipients

  • 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 Brothers Big Sisters of Racine and Kenosha Counties – Selfcare for Better Health
    • Educational session with Bigs and Littles in Racine County about how to practice selfcare in regard to an overall health approach, providing resources to apply the information to real-life. The areas we will be touching upon will be sleep, hygiene, nutrition, mental health, and exercise. Beyond the educational session, we will have expectations for the mentors for follow up activities with the Littles.
    • https://www.beabignow.org/
  • Faith Hope & Love – Duffels for Kids
  • Professional Women In Trades – Women in Trades Day
    • Women in Trades Day is an empowering, powerful, and innovative event to inspire women, middle school, and high school girls to get excited about a nontraditional field as a career option.
    • https://womenstrades.com/events
  • 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 – District Wide Kindergarten Field Trip - Building Blocks of Nature
    • "Building Blocks of Nature" is an environmental science field trip for kindergarten students, aligned with curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards, held entirely out of doors in the forests, prairies and ponds of River Bend Nature Center. The program is sensory based, and allows each kindergarten student to participate in exploration and discovery in nature, building an understanding of shapes, colors, sounds and textures, environmental relationships and observation and comparison skills.
    • http://riverbendracine.org/
  • SAFE Haven of Racine – Girls Inc. Elementary School Programs
    • 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/

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 4th annual Power of the Purse.  It was a huge success - we raised over $10,000 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.