Power of the Purse (POP)

Power of the Purse

Power of the Purse returned for its 13th year to once again improve lives in Olmsted County on Tuesday, June 12, 2018! This year's keynote speaker featured Shannon Huffman Polson, one of the First U.S. Army Women Apache Helicopter Captains and Pilots pushed barriers both personally and physically. It is just a normal day in the office when you are one of the first women commissioned to fly Apache combat helicopters in the United States Armed Forces. Shannon Huffman Polson served on three continents and led two flight platoons and A-Line company.

In the midst of her breakthrough role as female helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army, Polson learned lessons on leadership, courage, teamwork, and above all the importance of GRIT - that personal dedication and strength which exists at the intersection of purpose and passion. Polson's blog, "The Grit Project," is a compilation of empowering narratives about women and leadership. 

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 



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 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 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.