Women’s Philanthropy Council

The UW Foundation recently invested in new technology in an effort to improve our platform and workflow. Due to this transition, we are not able to enroll new Society memberships at this time. We apologize for this temporary inconvenience, and we are working to restart enrollments as soon as possible.

The Women’s Philanthropy Council (WPC) and its programs connect philanthropic women to the university and to other like-minded women. Its mission is to inspire, encourage, and advocate for women to partner with the University of Wisconsin–Madison to make a better world by publicly giving major gifts to areas of their passion and in their own names. WPC members are proven leaders in their communities and are committed to being involved as leaders at UW–Madison.

Founded in 1988, WPC was a pioneering organization in the national women’s philanthropy movement in higher education. The program was the first women’s leadership and major gifts initiative at a coeducational institution, and it has become a model for organizations across the country.


  • Today, the WPC has about 30 current members. Over time, current and past members have collectively given nearly $10 million to UW‒Madison and influenced more than 100 campus committees through their membership on advisory boards and councils.
  • Since its inception, the WPC has helped to inspire increased attendance by women at campus and alumni events and made great progress toward more women getting involved in philanthropy.
Get Involved
For more information or to get involved, please contact Heidi Kramer.