University Advancement

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Women and Philanthropy

In 2018, a group of women came together with a vision: to give intentionally and collaboratively to create a greater impact on students at Oakland University. The giving group created from this vision has been able to fund projects that will impact the OU community for years to come. Also, most group events are hybrid (in-person and virtual) which means members from across the country can take part in selecting projects that have meaningful impact.

Deadline to apply for the 2024 OU Women & Philanthropy Grant is March 29! Fill out application here.

Share your interest and get more information on this amazing group of women by filling out an interest form.

2023 Funded Initiatives

  • Research is for the birds: Utilizing technology to understand the foraging ecology of native bird species in southeastern Michigan ($5,800)
  • Grizzlies thrive: Engage students in a series of structured programs in a small group setting to increase social community, mental health, and retention at OU ($5,000)
  • Telehealth simulation enhancement to purchase equipment needed to train nurses in telehealth ($2,500)
  • DIY space at Kresge Library to provide affordable access to expensive tech like 3D printers and accessories ($2,200)

Past Funded Initiatives

  • Student-run community garden in Pontiac for underserved community members
  • Supporting women in STEM fields
  • After-hours crisis counseling service pilot program
  • Inspiring careers in medicine
  • Faculty research via musical performance
  • Expanding the organic farm's hoop house
  • Expanding diversity for future medical professionals
  • Peer-to-peer program for students on the autism spectrum

Get Involved

  • Membership is on an annual basis and begins with a minimum gift of $1,000 (one-time gift or split into multiple gifts).
  • To encourage emerging philanthropists, women under the age of 40 can join for $250. Gifts at these levels allow members the opportunity to vote on grant awards each year.
  • Supporting Members who make a gift of any amount are invited to attend committee events throughout the year (Supporting Members are non-voting members of the committee).
  • Looking for a unique gift for a recent graduate of OU? Sponsored memberships are available at the amounts listed above! Contact us for more details, or make a note on the giving form.
  • Become a member now by making a one-time or scheduled gift online, or contact us for alternative gift options.

Join Women and Philanthropy Now

New this year: Encourage emerging philanthropists by sponsoring a membership for a student or recent alumna! Current OU students or recent graduates interested in learning more about philanthropy and engaging with members for mentorship and networking will apply for a spot on the committee when you purchase a sponsorship.

What We Do

  • Philanthropy: Our Purpose
    Women and Philanthropy consists of women who each make annual commitments to a collective fund. Every year, members vote on how the funds will be allocated among OU top programs, initiatives and scholarships.

  • Education: Showcasing OU
    Women and Philanthropy members are invited to engage with some of the best and brightest faculty, staff and students. These programs connect members with the top programs at OU.

  • Networking: Connecting Philanthropists
    Women and Philanthropy connects women with many interests together to join forces to make a difference at OU and to connect with the University and each other.

  • Volunteering: Making a Difference
    Women and Philanthropy provides new, and highlights existing, volunteer opportunities that provide a way for members to put their passions to work to assist with programs and help students.

History of Women & Philanthropy

Women & Philanthropy was established in 2018 to provide gifts to Oakland University projects and programs by pooling its members' resources and making monetary awards in the form of grants. Grants are not restricted to women or women’s initiatives. They will be made in varying amounts. Applicants must be Oakland University faculty, staff or University-registered student organizations, and funding may be allocated only for projects or programs that directly support the Oakland University community. Funds will be granted only to OU accounts.

Our Typical Timeline

  • Mid-February to Mid-March: Complete grant application and open for submissions
  • Early April: Submissions due
  • Late April: Grants committee reviews, selects top applicants
  • May: Presentation by top finalists (5-8 submissions) during selection event
  • Fall: Presentations on impact from past grantees

To learn more about applying for a grant or becoming a member of the Oakland University Women and Philanthropy, fill out this form or contact us at [email protected].

Kelly Brault
Director of Annual Giving
[email protected]
(248) 370-4921