Power of the Purse (POP)

Power of the Purse returned for its eleventh year to once again improve lives in Olmsted County on Tuesday, June 14!  This year's keynote speaker was Erin Gruwell, who inspired her low-performing students to rewrite their futures – to see success when surrounded by adversity. Their story is told in the feature film Freedom Writers.

Power of the Purse is annually presented by United Way of Olmsted County's Women's Leadership Council – a giving circle of women leadership contributors whose collective, caring power is building a healthier, stronger community. View Photos

Be a Sponsor

Power of the Purse is a popular community event presented by the United Way of Olmsted County’s Women’s Leadership Council to raise awareness and support for education initiatives in Olmsted County. Over 600 people attend this event each year. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities online or by contacting Bonnie Schultz at (507) 529-4830 or by email at bonnies@uwolmsted.org.

Purse Donations

You can help support Power of the Purse by donating a new or very gently used purse for the silent purse auction! Each year the auction raises thousands of dollars to help children and youth reach their potential in school and in the community. Donations can be dropped off at United Way between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Questions? Send an email to Molly and Lindsay at powerofthepurseolmco@gmail.com to learn more or complete this form.

Centerpiece Donations

We're also accepting donations of to use as centerpieces for Power of the Purse. Bring your donation to United Way or complete this form to let us know you're interested.


If you are interested in volunteering for Power of the Purse, email rd@uwolmsted.org.