Women’s Philanthropy Council

Women's Philanthropy Council

Founded in 1988, the Women’s Philanthropy Council pioneered the national women’s philanthropy movement in higher education. The program was the first major gifts and leadership initiative for women at a co-educational institution. It has since become a model for organizations across the country.

The economic imperative to obtain women’s financial contributions for the University of Wisconsin-Madison drives the Women’s Philanthropy Council (WPC). The WPC connects philanthropic women to the University and to other like-minded women.

A Quarter Century for WPC

The UW’s Women’s Philanthropy Council celebrated 25 years of bringing alumnae together to support the university. See highlights from September’s anniversary event.


The mission of the Women’s Philanthropy Council is to inspire, encourage and advocate for women to publicly give major gifts to the University area of their own choosing, in their own name.


All members contribute a minimum of $50,000 each. Collectively, current and emeritus members of the Women’s Philanthropy Council have given more than $85 million to the UW-Madison. They have influenced:

  • More than $500 million in gifts by women to the UW Foundation since 1988.
  • Attendance by more than 1,000 women at programs across the nation sponsored by the Women’s Philanthropy Council.
  • Increased attendance by women at women’s, alumni, and UW Foundation programs.
  • Progress toward women making major gifts.
  • More women serve on college boards of visitors and on the UW Foundation Board of Directors.

In addition the Women’s Philanthropy Council is viewed as:

  • One of the touch points for women in beginning or continuing their relationship to the University;
  • Another contact for encouraging annual unrestricted support;
  • Part of the development team to help a donor find her philanthropic passion at the University for major gifts; and
  • An important player in growing women leaders.