Inspiring women to take the lead in donating their time, money and
talents to help shape the future of South Dakota State University
Visionary Giving By Women for Women
The role of “volunteers” and “giver” is a traditional one for women, yet few people know that philanthropists are often women. Until recently, philanthropy has remained uncharted territory for many women.
Women & Giving was organized to inspire women to take the lead in donating their time, money and talents to help shape the future of South Dakota State University.
The Women & Giving program began in 2001 and is administered through the SDSU Foundation. The organization meets quarterly or as needed to award grants and organize the annual seminar.
Women Together Leading, Educating, Giving
Women & Giving:
- Creating opportunities for women to lead
- Educating potential donors through an annual seminar
- Supporting a Women & Giving grant program
Women give for many reasons, including to:
- Create new solutions to problems
- Collaborate with others in a larger effort
- Commit to programs that they care about
- Have direct contact with those their gift affects
- Celebrate and have fun through philanthropy
Each year the organization increases its visibility by sponsoring a seminar with speakers on topics that are of interest to women.
The seminar also informs potential donors about the possibility of women funding issues that affect women and girls. This trend has grown substantially in recent years, as seen in both the growth of women’s philanthropic groups and support of traditional female causes.
The Women & Giving is a group of individuals who:
- Contribute equally to a pooled fund
- Build an endowment for the future
- Decide how to distribute these funds to create opportunities
The pooled funds are distributed to assist SDSU programs, projects and organizations that complement the mission of Women & Giving. Grant proposals in the range of $500 to $2,000 are encouraged.