Archive for March, 2017

Breast Milk for Babies

Amount Awarded: $31,287 ($18,891 member donations + $12,396 Schulze matching donation)

Breast Milk for Babies was formed in 2012 with a goal of establishing a human donor milk bank in Minnesota to provide a safe and reliable source of breast milk for premature and newborns with other medical challenges. With no paid staff, the 6 member volunteer board of directors has spent countless hours providing education and creating community awareness on the importance of human donor milk.  Breast Milk for Babies has established 4 milk collection depots and is ready to take the next steps toward opening a Mother’s Milk Bank of Minnesota so the collected milk can be processed and distribued to babies in need here in Minnesota. Funds provided by the Power of 100 Twin Cities Women Who Care will be used to contract a director to help secure a location for the milk bank and leverage additional funds for equipping, supplying, and supporting the development of a nonprofit human donor milk bank.

Learn more about this organization at www.breastmilkforbabies.org.

Breast Milk for Babies was the selected charity for March, 2017.

Making a Difference – The Power of 100 Twin Cities

Published in North Oaks Living magazine – March, 2017

Edited by Tara Myers

North Oaks resident Lisa Mattson loves spreading the word about The Power of 100 – Twin Cities, an organization she founded with several women from North Oaks and the Shoreview area in 2012. Lisa explains, “The Power of 100 is a giving circle for women who are interested in collectively giving to charities in our local communities. Any charity that is a 501(c)3 is eligible to benefit from donations given by members of The Power of 100 – Twin Cities.”

So how did The Power of 100 get started?

“This group of women had volunteered together for years at our children’s schools and sports associations,” Lisa says. “As our children got older, we were looking for new ways to support our local community.” A group got together and started brainstorming about ways to collectively give back. Through a quick Google search, the ladies learned about a group in Ohio called 100+ Women Who Care that was bringing women together to help address the financial needs of charities in their area. Lisa and her group used their model to create The Power of 100 – Twin Cities in 2012. “I am delighted to be a founding member of an organization that has such a simple, powerful, and effective concept!” Lisa shares. Since then, The Power of 100 has fostered the development of three new chapters in the Twin Cities; in addition to their group in the east metro, there are now chapters in Eden Prairie, Lake Minnetonka, and Maple Grove.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful
committed citizens could change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead