Our Purpose

We are Women United. For more than 20 years, we’ve worked together to create meaningful, lasting impact for Dane County families – helping more women and children get what they need to lead healthy, thriving and secure lives. As we launch into the next decade, we’re focused on supporting financial security for women – empowering them and their families to build financial security through strategies that integrate family-sustaining jobs, stable housing and food security. Because we know that when more women are financially secure and on pathways towards success, entire generations of families are better positioned to thrive.  

Our Impact

We Ignite Change. From single women to heads of households, our vision is a Dane County where all women can succeed and reach their potential. Our personal and professional development events provide thoughtful time and space for members to set and achieve goals while building a supportive network of women who care about their community. And our volunteer and fundraising events allow our members to invest time and dollars back into Dane County – supporting United Way of Dane County’s mission to unite the community to achieve measurable results that change lives 

Women United Brunch
In 2023, the Women United Brunch raised over $60,000 to support United Way’s education initiatives in Dane County. Thank you to our presenting sponsor BMO Harris Bank!
Woman in Philanthropy Award
Each year, this prestigious award celebrates and acknowledges a woman who is committed to helping make our community a better place to live, for all. The award also honors her achievements in educating, empowering and inspiring women and young girls to be philanthropic leaders in Dane County. Congratulations to our past recipients! Holly Cremer Berkenstadt (2013), Londa Dewey (2014), Enid Glenn (2015), Ginger Zimmerman (2016), Sue Riseling (2017), Anna Burish (2018), Barbara Nichols (2019), Fabiola Hamdan (2020), Major General Marcia Anderson (2021), Karen Timberlake (2022) and Diane Ballweg (2023).
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The Impact on local families participating in Income Programming in 2023:

Community Residents

households remained
stably housed after 12 months


Journey Home participants did not return to prison within two years of their release

Money Raised

people gained new or better
employment at $18+/hour

Membership Benefits

We are a diverse, vibrant community, bound together by a powerful sense of belonging – to each other, to our mission and the community we call home.

Connections with like-minded women and community leaders

Deeper understanding of critical issues in our community and United Way’s investments in Education

Volunteer opportunities aligned with early childhood education and women’s empowerment

Invitations to professional development, mentoring and networking events

Leadership opportunities through committees and workplace volunteer roles

Women United Worldwide

Our local Dane County network extends to a powerful global network of women leaders, over 70,000 strong, addressing the most critical issues facing more than 165 communities in 6 countries.

Join Us to Ignite Change

Are you ready to raise your voice, roll up your sleeves and create a legacy of change that benefits everyone in Dane County?


Christin Mlsna

I'm so honored to be a part of Women United! It's amazing to connect with such diverse individuals in our community, but even more gratifying to see the commitment Women United has to investing in education to ensure that our youth have the brightest future possible.

Director of Education market & Communication Services, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Karen Kallerud

I have been a proud Member of Women United for ten years. Women United assists students in need of reading help/tutoring. Women United is, truly, making a difference in children's lives; one Family, one Child at a time. We are sending a message of compassion and care for those we assist.

What We're Up To

Upcoming Events

Join us for networking, professional development and more! Women United events are a great opportunity to make connections with other women and community leaders.