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.

Advisory Council

Statement of Purpose 

To engage alumnae and friends of the university in exploring their philanthropic goals and aspirations by providing a supportive environment and opportunities for learning and networking.

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.


The economic power of women is growing. More than half of women (52%) have assets greater than or equal to their spouses or partners, and one third are now the primary income source or contribute equally to their households' wealth. These statistics show that it's becoming increasingly more important for women to have an estate plan in place to ensure that their assets are passed to the appropriate recipients. Have you thought about creating an estate plan?

Check out this article for helpful tips:
LifeHealthPro.com: Six Estate Planning Tips for Women

“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


Monday, October 20, 2014 to
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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