Regional Initiatives

The Women’s Philanthropy Council encourages women to partner with the University of Wisconsin by investing philanthropic resources to find solutions to the world’s challenges in order to improve the quality of life for all. Regional groups that support the mission of WPC have formed in New York City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Washington, D.C., and Chicago — areas with large concentrations of alumni. Regular meetings and events showcase University of Wisconsin faculty and programs in order to inspire and increase philanthropy.

Collaborative Giving Project.

In addition to major philanthropy for schools, colleges, and programs at the University of Wisconsin, Council members make an annual group gift targeted toward campus-wide priorities and advancing women.

Biennial Forum on Women and Philanthropy.

The public Biennial Forum is held on campus in Madison for women who view philanthropy as leadership and an investment in the future. The Forum

  • Features women philanthropists who inspire others with their own giving stories;
  • Provides financial education;
  • Focuses on women as initiators, benefactors, and sustainers of positive change; and
  • Encourages intellectual dialogue with UW faculty members, alumnae, national leaders, and students.

Leadership Development.

The Council is a leadership opportunity for women. Council members meet with top UW administrators, deans, and program directors in order to be well-informed advocates for higher education and the UW. The Council helps identify women who are potential leaders for University boards of visitors and the UW Foundation board of directors.