WE Lead: Women's Equity in Leadership

Closing the Alumni Fund Leadership Gap

Women will lead the next generation of philanthropy at Williams, and we need your help to get there.

Today, women account for 40% of the total alumni population, but there is more than a 10-point gap between men’s and women’s leadership giving.

Historically, we ask about half as many women as men for annual leadership gifts. We also identify far fewer women than men as potential leadership donors. The gap in leadership giving is not due to a difference in giving capacity.

Our primary goal for this initiative is to dramatically grow women’s giving and create a clear pathway for women to lead the next generation of Eph philanthropy. We will attain representational parity within Alumni Fund leadership giving (annual gifts of $2,500-$250,000) by 2025.

You can be a part of this historic effort, inspire fellow alumnae, and chart a new course for the future by becoming a leadership donor to the Alumni Fund.

Email Elizabeth Martin or call her at 413 441 1171 to learn more about leadership giving.

Williams Women’s Philanthropy Initiatives

In celebration of this special moment, we are formally rolling out two other separate, but intersecting initiatives for women.

  • The Women’s giving society will inspire 100 women to make a one-time, $100,000 gift to the Alumni Fund by 2025.
  • A collective women’s giving opportunity will encourage participation by all women in honor of the 50th anniversary of co-education. Between 2021 and 2025, all alumnae will come together to have an impact on one of Maud’s top priorities with gifts of any size.