More than an organization, the University of Kentucky Women & Philanthropy network is a movement – a gathering of like-minded women using their diverse talents, backgrounds and experiences to enhance the university and positively impact its students.
Created in September 2007 in association with former UK President Lee T. Todd and First Lady Patsy Todd, Women & Philanthropy unites women of vision. Successful in their respective fields and communities, these passionate women have focused on benefiting UK and on creating a culture of service and philanthropy through their donations of time, talent and resources.
Every year, each member gives $1,000 to the organization. The women then vote on which programs to support with their pooled funds. In recent years, the group’s leadership council has adopted a targeted approach, supporting scholarships, research and university programs.
In 10 years, the organization has awarded nearly $1.8 million in grants to students, research projects and programs.
Women & Philanthropy is making a difference far beyond its contributions. It is giving women a collective voice at UK and in the Commonwealth, empowering students to fulfill their dreams and enabling UK to become a Top 20 public research university by 2020.