Past Initiatives

Past Philanthropic Initiatives


Pembroke Center Archives

With a leadership gift of $1 million from Nancy L. Buc '65, '94 hon., Brown's Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women is launching a $3.5 million campaign to build an endowment to support its archives — the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive and the Feminist Theory Archive.


2015 BrownConnect: Beyond the Classroom Challenge

The WLC is thrilled to announce the success of the BrownConnect: Beyond the Classroom Challenge! Thanks to the generosity of the WLC, the $1 million Challenge inspired the creation 25 new BrownConnect Internship Funds by members of the Brown community. The WLC gives special thanks to Chair Emerita Shelley Fidler '68, P'09 for her rigorous planning, execution, and successful implementation of the Challenge. Congratulations and many thanks to all involved in this important initiative!



2012 Women's Leadership Council GOLD Challenge

The $1 Million GOLD Challenge has been earned! THANK YOU!

The Brown Women's Leadership Council launched a challenge to encourage Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) to be a part of the tradition of giving back to Brown through the Annual Fund. The Gold challenge earned $1,041,880 from 2,200 GOLD alumni!

WLC member and Brown Annual Fund Co-chair Andrea Baum '83, P'15 praised this accomplishment by saying that the challenge is "one reason the annual fund surpassed its goal." Baum continued to say how "students are more aware than those in earlier decades that money pays for scholarships that benefited them and their classmates, this is what inspires them to give." WLC member Shelley Fidler '68, P'09 stated how the challenge "showed philanthropy is not just for rich people, but comes in all shapes and sizes. Young people are developing lifetime habits of giving."

The challenge ended end on May 4 during the Women's Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown.



2012 Ruth J. Simmons Women's Leadership Scholarship

In May 2012, Susan P. Friedman '77, P'08, founding member and Chair Emerita of the Women's Leadership Council, issued a $1 million challenge to establish the first-ever Ruth J. Simmons Women's Leadership Scholarship. All money raised will help to bring capable and qualified women to Brown.

During the Friday evening gala of the Women's Leadership Conference, Friedman encouraged support of this scholarship by stating: "We, the women of Brown, can and will make this happen!" Watch the video of this historical moment.




2010 Chancellor's Scholarship

Susan A. Buffum '74
, WLC member, longtime volunteer, and Brown Annual Fund supporter, has made her first endowed gift. Susan established a Chancellor's Scholarship to ensure that future qualified students will have financial aid sufficient to embrace all Brown has to offer. Learn more about her story here. (Original story from March 2010).




2010 Pembroke Challenge

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In October 2010, Women's Leadership Council member and Pembroke Center Associates Council member Liz Sherman '77 P'06 P'09 issued a $1 million challenge to members of the Brown community to support new research initiatives at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.

The Pembroke Challenge was a success raising more than $1.5 million in support of new research initiatives at the Pembroke Center, including seed grants for collaborative interdisciplinary research. The first round of seed grants were announced in early January and feature fascinating faculty research.




2008 WLC Challenge

In the fall of 2008, Brown University Fellow and Campaign for Academic Enrichment Co-Chair Elizabeth Z. Chace '59, GP'13, together with the 2008 Women's Leadership Council Executive Committee (Susan Friedman '77, P'08, Genine Fidler '77, P'04, P'12, Nancy Neff '76, P'06, P'14 and Julie Meister '75, P'03, P'06), established a $1.5 million Women's Leadership Challenge.

 Designed to honor President Ruth J. Simmons's commitment to higher education and to inspire greater leadership giving among Brown alumnae, the challenge offered to a dollar-for-dollar match for any new gifts or commitments of $50,000 or more from alumnae.

Alumnae greeted the Challenge enthusiastically, making gifts from $50,000 all the way up to the $500,000 level. Contributions were designated toward the Brown Annual Fund, the Brown University Sports Foundation, endowed scholarships, faculty and program support, the Pembroke Center's endowment, Farsi language instruction, and more. Participating women raised a total of $1.7 million for the University.

"I see the Council as a newly-created Brown tradition of female relationships forming a chain linking generations of Brown alumnae. If that connection can be made stronger, women will want to give back." -- Susan P. Friedman '77, P'08 

The success of the Challenge was a remarkable accomplishment for the Council and spoke to the philanthropic culture at Brown. "Having Ruth as Brown's president has made a huge difference," says Chace. "It's done more than almost anything in bringing women's issues forward." "And," adds Friedman, "if the women are strengthened, the whole campus will be strengthened."