Women in Philanthropy

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.

Keep the conversation going! Join our Hamline University Women in Philanthropy LinkedIn Group today.

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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.

Learn about the National Women's Philanthropy Institute here.


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. Read about the Sorin sisters here.

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.


For the most recent news and current articles, join the Women in Philanthropy LinkedIn group today.

“Women’s philanthropy is not an issue of fairness or equal rights, it is an issue of economics.”  — Bruce Flessner, Minneapolis consultant 


Karla Adams Williams '80
University Development Officer

Carrie Albers '97 MNM '10
Associate Vice President of Development


Saturday, February 13, 2016 to
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

Alumni Workshop: Taking Risks to Grow Your Career
The goal of this workshop is to help you understand risk and the role it plays in your career. Professor Jenny Keil presents.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Naples Alumni Gathering
The Associations of Hamline Alumni invite you to join other alumni, parents, and friends for lunch and conversation at our Naples Area Alumni Gathering.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Hamline University Etiquette Dinner 2016 - Alumni Registration
The Etiquette Dinner is an annual event hosted by the Student Alumni Board, Alumni Relations Office, and Career Development Center. Teri Gustafson, of the Minnesota Protocol School, will be our speaker. Teri is an etiquette expert and has participated in this event for four years. Alumni will be at each table to help students practice their networking skills, and share their own stories of etiquette successes…and failures!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Alumni Workshop: StrengthsQuest™ Workshop for Alumni
This StrengthsQuest™ workshop will help Hamline alumni identify their personal strengths and explore ways they can continue to push themselves towards further personal and professional successes. Professor Deanna O'Donnell presents.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Twin Cities Area CLA Alumni Gathering
The College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board invites you to join other alumni, the Student Alumni Board, current and former faculty members, and friends for hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music, and connecting with Hamline friends old and new.

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