UConn Women Uniting

photo of some of the founders of the women and philanthropy group at a meetingDid you know that women are more likely to give to their favorite charities than men? Did you know they support education more than any other cause? Or that they are surpassing men in earning higher degrees and will hold more of the wealth in this country than ever before?

To harness that financial power, the UConn Foundation has started a new philanthropic group for women to fundraise, mentor, and advocate for UConn women.

The new UConn Women and Philanthropy group joins the women’s philanthropy movement that has been sweeping college campuses across the country. The group supports female UConn students and faculty and others through fundraising, community service, and mentoring.

The group’s first project is the Women Transforming Women scholarship drive. The group is looking for 100 women to donate $500 each to create a permanent scholarship at UConn. The fundraiser is proving popular with 35 women donating a total of $32,125 so far. The first 100 donors will be considered the group’s founding members.

The group, which is open to men too, just completed its first community service project aimed at helping women, partnering with two UConn sororities to collect personal items and bedding for a holiday drive for My Sister’s Place, a women’s homeless shelter in Hartford.

Next, the group will hold a pre-game reception Feb. 22 before the women’s basketball game against Temple at Salute Restaurant at 100 Trumbull St. in Hartford. The reception will run from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. before the tip off at 7 p.m. in the XL Center. To register for the reception, call (860) 486-6441 or email rsvp@foundation.uconn.edu. To purchase tickets for the game contact 1-877-at-uconn or email athtickets@uconn.edu.

Then on March 23, Women and Philanthropy will host a discussion at an opening reception at 5 p.m. at the William Benton Museum of Art on the Storrs campus for an exhibit on Connecticut painter and illustrator Ellen Emmet Rand. Rand was one of the first women illustrators at Vogue and painted more than 800 portraits, including the presidential portrait of FDR.

Learn how you can get involved in the Women and Philanthropy group.

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