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Power of the Purse (POP)

Thank you for another successful year of Power of the Purse! It is truly outstanding to see the power and opportunity we can create together when we Live United and use our "Power of the Purse"! Your participation and contributions will help ensure quality early childhood education for all children throughout Olmsted County. 

View photos from our 2019 event


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

Power of the Purse helps in the effort to fight for the education, health and financial stability of every person in our community. United Way works collaboratively with programs and opportunities to ensure that children and youth in our community reach their potential in school and the community. Proceeds benefit United Way programs that help children and youth with community connections, positive learning environments and positive role models which all contribute toward good mental health.

Sue Klebold became a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, brain research and intervention following a national tragedy.  Her son, Dylan Klebold, was one of the two gunmen responsible for the Columbine High School shootings of April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado.

In the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy, Ms. Klebold remained out of the public eye while struggling with devastating grief and humiliation.  Her search for understanding would span over fifteen years during which she volunteered for suicide prevention organizations, questioned experts, talked with fellow survivors of loss, and examined the crucial intersection between mental health problems and violence.  As a result of her exploration, Sue emerged a passionate advocate, dedicated to the advancement of mental health awareness and intervention. Her author proceeds from her bestselling memoir, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy are donated to promoting mental wellness, brain research and suicide prevention

She is a member of the National Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Consumer-Survivor Subcommittee.  She has participated in presentations, co-chaired conferences at the state and national levels, and written about the experience of surviving a loved one’s murder-suicide.  Sue has a Master of Arts degree in Education from Cardinal Stritch College.  She was an instructor and administrator in the Colorado Community College System for over twenty years.


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




View photos from our 2018 event 

Power of the Purse


Be a Sponsor

Power of the Purse is a popular community event presented by the United Way of Olmsted County’s Women United to raise awareness and support for education programs 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 To see current sponsors, click here.

Purse Donations

You can help support Power of the Purse by donating a new 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 to learn more or complete this form.


If you are interested in volunteering for Power of the Purse, email