Philanthropy News and Initiatives
Supporting Brown in the Year Ahead
[November 6, 2017] Stacy Palmer '82, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy and WLC Philanthropy Committee co-chair, envisions the year ahead as an opportunity to educate Brown women about the impact of philanthropy. "We hope to serve as mentors in philanthropy to women across the Brown family," Stacy said. Stacy notes that philanthropy happens in various ways. Writing a check is important, but so too is serving as a mentor for the WLC’s mentoring program, interviewing prospective students, encouraging classmates to give to the Brown Annual Fund, and so much more. As Stacy highlights, "the message of #BrownWomenTogether is that our collective effort will help ensure our alma mater continues to produce exceptional women who change the world, such as Conference keynotes Janet Yellen, Ph.D. '67 LLD'98 hon., and Cecile Richards '80 LHD'10 hon.”
Brown alumnae celebrated 125 Years of Women at Brown by celebrating our history on campus and by making charitable contributions that will put a stamp on the institution for years to come. Over 7,500 women gave nearly $10 million to the Brown Annual Fund in response to the Women's Leadership Council challenge, shattering the 7,125 alumnae participation goal. By exceeding the goal, members of the Women's Leadership Council provided $1.25 million to mark this milestone.
We far surpassed our goal in part because members of the WLC spread the word about the reasons the annual fund is so important to ensuring that a new generation of Brown students gets access to all the resources they need so they can learn to change the world.
Members of the WLC reinforced the message that our charitable contributions can bring about the changes that matter most to society, designating challenge funds to create scholarships that will benefit moderate-income students. WLC members recognize that as the University has made huge strides in its ability to attract students from low-income families through need-blind admissions, moderate-income families continue to struggle to find a way to send their children to Brown. President Paxson has made clear the importance of socioeconomic diversity as Brown seeks to be an engine of social mobility. The announcement of The Brown Promise initiative reiterates that this is a priority for President Paxson. Upon meeting its $120 million fundraising goal, the University will be able to replace loans with scholarship grants in financial aid awards building on need-blind admissions, and other initiatives to make a Brown education more accessible to moderate-income families. If $30 million is committed by calendar year end, The Brown Promise will be effective for the 2018-2019 academic year. The WLC hopes its example will encourage even more donors to recognize the value of supporting scholarships that expand the socioeconomic diversity of the student body, enabling the very best students from all income groups to choose Brown.
In the year ahead, the Women's Leadership Council will continue to find ways to stress the importance of giving, in part by putting the spotlight on philanthropic leaders. At the 125th, we showcased women whose professional careers involve giving donated dollars, among them Caitlin Heising-Simons, who was featured in a recent New York Times article about philanthropy.
We also hope to serve as mentors in philanthropy to women across the Brown community. As we do that, we will be emphasizing the importance of being involved, not only by donating funds, but also by working with the WLC’s mentoring program, the Women's Launch Pad, to guide female students, interviewing prospective students, and encouraging classmates to give to the Brown Annual Fund. The message of #BrownWomenTogether is that our collective effort will help ensure our alma mater continues to produce exceptional women who change the world, such as Conference keynotes Janet Yellen, Ph.D. '67 LLD'98 hon. and Cecile Richards '80 LHD'10 hon.
Women Together: Alumnae Challenge (2017)
In celebration of 125 years of women at Brown, the Women's Leadership Council created the Women Together Challenge - a $1.25 million participation challenge exclusively for Brown alumnae. As of May 1, the challenge end date, 7,502 alumnae donated nearly $10 million to the Brown Annual Fund. Thank you for helping us earn this challenge!