Hamline News

Women in Philanthropy


Hamline University launched its Women in Philanthropy Program seven years ago, thanks to the efforts of a few dedicated alumnae and friends of the university.

“Women in Philanthropy at Hamline was established to allow women the opportunity to explore their philanthropic goals and aspirations while recognizing Hamline’s strong commitment to women which began with its first two graduates, Emily and Elizabeth Sorin,” Judy Durfey, a 1963 Hamline alumna and member of the Women in Philanthropy Advisory Council, said.

The group hosts events that give attendees opportunities to meet current students and to hear about programs and activities that are made possible through donor support.

“We engage alumnae and friends through opportunities for education, networking, and socializing while showcasing the impact of gifts to Hamline,” Karla Williams, a 1980 Hamline alumna and Hamline University gift officer who is involved with the program, said. “We hope to introduce our attendees to donors, recipients, and feature the impact of their support.”

Williams says they are striving to increase the level of financial and volunteer support by alumnae who give to the university.

“In particular, we’re hoping to increase the number of endowed and annual scholarships that are established by the women of Hamline and to increase the number of alumnae who have included Hamline in their estate plans,” Williams said.

In addition to growing financial support, Williams also hopes that the program becomes more visible on campus so students understand the philanthropic legacy that they are currently the recipients of and that they can help perpetuate for future students.

For more information on the Women in Philanthropy program at Hamline, visit the program’s webpage.