Power of the Purse (POP)

Power of the Purse returned for its 12th year to once again improve lives in Olmsted County on Tuesday, June 13, 2017! This year's keynote speaker features Elizabeth Smart, who captured the nation’s attention from June 5, 2002, when she was taken at knifepoint, to when the police safely returned her back to her family on March 12, 2003. Held prisoner for 9 grueling months, repeatedly threatened and tormented, Smart emerged a symbol of perseverance and strength when she triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about her very private nightmare.

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 from this year's event

Did you get a chance to meet Elizabeth Smart??  View VIP Reception photos here!

Planning to Attend Next Year??

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 purse (new preferred) 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 Lindsay at powerofthepurseolmco@gmail.com to learn more or complete this form.

Centerpiece Donations

We're also accepting donations of to use for the centerpiece designs. 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.