Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE)

A nonprofit organization

305 Donors

Who are we?

WISE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to empower immigrant and refugee girls, women, and female-identified individuals in St. Paul, MN. Our overall goal is to break the chain of poverty and provide culturally appropriate support and education for immigrant and refugee women to be confident, proud, self-sufficient members of their community and beyond.  Since 1995, WISE has supported over 300 girls from over 20 different schools and community sites.  Our young women and girls are bright and resilient individuals who thrive through our program because of community support from donors like you. Learn more at www.womenofwise.org.

How we self-empower

Education & Leadership Development Programs
WISE runs 4 programs that work with immigrant and refugee women, girls, and their families on developing the knowledge and skills to build their own self-sufficiency and navigate complex systems. This includes:
  1. Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (6-12th grade girls youth program)
  2. WeLEAD (college women program)
  3. Healthy Relationships (community support and advocacy)
  4. Parent Encouragement (community support and advocacy)
Workshops & Conferences
WISE believes in sharing resources and knowledge with our community that can support our immigrant and refugee families. Past conferences and workshops include using art as a tool for healing, trauma-informed care for resettled refugees, and active bystander intervention training.

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Donor Level Description
Self-Love Donor Level

Our program participants learn the importance of practicing self-love and self-preservation in their educational, familial, and career journeys. When they show themselves love and care, they are able to heal themselves and become stronger in the process.

Self-Confidence Donor Level

The confidence of our women and girls increases as they learn more about their identities, their interests, and their community. When they are self-confident, they believe in the decisions they make and their ability to achieve their goals.

Self-Sufficient Donor Level

Our women and girls receive leadership training that teaches them to make use of all opportunities and resources available to them. This ultimately teaches them to pave their own paths and care for their own needs.

Self-Empowered Donor Level

Through our program support, women and girls have a higher understanding of their identity, their worth, and their potential to learn and achieve. When they are self-empowered, they are ready to tackle challenges and navigate complex systems to reach their goals.

Self-Actualized Donor Level

Through their own hard work, our women and girls realize their dreams. They continue to explore personal and professional development opportunities all the while reinvesting their talents in the causes they care about.

Organization Data


Organization name

Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE)

Tax id (EIN)



Arts & Culture Education Children & Family

BIPOC community

BIPOC led, BIPOC serving

Significantly impacted by pandemic

Significantly impacted by pandemic


570 Asbury St Suite 202
St Paul, MN 55104



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