About the Program
Women in Philanthropy programs have emerged at several institutions around the country over the past two decades. Recently, a dedicated group of alumnae inquired about starting a Women in Philanthropy program at Hamline that would offer learning and networking opportunities and provide a supportive environment for women to explore their own philanthropic goals and aspirations. As a result, the Hamline University Women in Philanthropy program was born.
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Statement of Purpose
To engage alumnae and friends of the university in exploring their philanthropic goals and aspirations by providing a supportive environment for learning and networking as well as targeted opportunities for volunteer and financial support.
Hamline’s Women in Philanthropy program honors the legacy of Elizabeth and Emily Sorin—Hamline's first graduates and the first women in Minnesota to receive their master's degrees (also from Hamline)—while working to inspire women to make a difference at Hamline and in the world.
The interest of a dedicated, involved group of alumnae originally sparked discussions focused on learning and networking opportunities which would provide a supportive environment for women to explore their own philanthropic goals and aspirations. In 2007, through the dedication of a group of alumnae, the Hamline University Women in Philanthropy program was launched.
Since 1854 Hamline has been committed to providing an education that is rooted in the liberal arts tradition, centered on inclusiveness, and focused on social responsibility. From Elizabeth and Emily to the students of today, Hamline’s mission remains the same: To create a diverse and collaborative community of learners dedicated to the development of students’ knowledge, values, and skills for successful lives of leadership, scholarship, and service.
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“Women’s philanthropy is not an issue of fairness or equal rights, it is an issue of economics.”
— Bruce Flessner, Minneapolis consultant