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Power of the Purse (POP)

Thank you for your continuous support 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. 



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 make connections, positive learning environments and positive role models which all contribute toward good mental health and help set the stage for life and ultimately affecting our educational outcomes and finacial stability, the other foundational blocks of a good quality life.


Introducing Power of the Purse Keynote Speaker 2020, Michele Norris

Former NPR Host and Special Correspondent, Founding Director of “The Race Card Project” and Washington Post Opinions Contributor


An award-winning journalist and one of the most recognized voices in radio, Michele Norris engages audiences in candid discussion about race, culture and communication in America.

From the radio airwaves of NPR and primetime television to leading news publications such as The Washington Post, Norris is one of the most trusted voices in American journalism. On stage, she inspires open and honest dialogue, with memorable stories and fascinating perspectives drawn from her personal journey, investigative research, and interviews with world leaders, Nobel Laureates and influential newsmakers.

For a decade, as host of National Public Radio’s longest-running program, All Things Considered, she captivated audiences nationwide while earning some of journalism’s highest honors. As a Washington Post Opinions contributor, Norris sparks important dialogue on current events, social issues and the power to make change as she breaks down commonly held beliefs and attitudes on race, diversity and bias. She makes complex and taboo issues remarkably accessible. Her audiences walk away empowered to stimulate discussion around challenging topics within their communities.

Throughout Norris’ accomplished career, her efforts to promote conversation about race have resulted in her critically acclaimed book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir. She received accolades for a Peabody Award-winning initiative, “The Race Card Project,” which fosters conversation among individuals about their differences. Norris is also the director of “The Bridge”—the Aspen Institute's program on race, cultural identity and inclusion—which addresses some of America's most complex issues by encouraging people to explore and engage with differing perspectives.



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 2019 event

View photos from our 2018 event 

Power of the Purse


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

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 Jennifer Teske at (507) 287-2003 or by email at To see current sponsors, click here.

Power of the Purse sponsors help uniting the community around improving outcomes for children and youth in Olmsted County with this event. The 15th annual Power of the Purse will take place June 9th, 2020 at the Rochester Event Center.  With sellout attendances for the past few years, we look forward to continuing the momentum for this year’s Power of the Purse event.
Sponsors make a successful event possible! Contact us if you would like more information or are interested in becoming a sponsor.

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Mayo Clinic 

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