Women’s Philanthropy Council

Women's Philanthropy Council

Founded in 1988, the Women’s Philanthropy Council (WPC) was a pioneer in the national women’s philanthropy movement in higher education. The program was the first leadership and major gifts initiative for women at a coeducational institution, and has become a model for organizations across the country.

The WPC connects philanthropic women to the university and to other like-minded women. Its mission 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.

WPC members are proven leaders in their community, and are committed to being involved as leaders at UW–Madison.


All members must meet the Bascom Hill Society lifetime giving level by meeting any of the following:

  • $50,000 in gifts and pledges of cash or appreciated securities. Corporate matching gifts and gifts-in-kind apply; or
  • $50,000 in irrevocable deferred gifts, which include pooled income funds, gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts; or
  • $100,000 in revocable gifts such as a bequest or revocable trust.

Additionally, members must commit to making a gift of at least $1,500 annually to support UW–Madison.


Today, the WPC has more than 60 current members. Collectively, they have 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. The Women’s Philanthropy Council is one touchpoint for women who are beginning or continuing their relationship with the university.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Molly Schmidt.