UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists 2012 Giving Circle

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The UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists is accepting grant applications
for its Giving Circle grants program. Applications must be submitted electronically to alliance@tennessee.edu by Friday, September 30, 2011.

KNOXVILLE — The UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists is accepting grant applications for its Giving Circle grants program. Applications must be submitted electronically to alliance@tennessee.edu by Friday, September 30, 2011 at midnight ET. Applicants may develop a new project or program which benefits their campus or expands upon an existing program. Winning initiatives will promote the spirit of the Alliance by providing opportunities that inspire leadership and collaboration within the UT community. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 and are awarded annually to the most innovative and deserving applicants as determined by the Alliance’s Executive Board. Winners will be announced Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Women and Philanthropy Symposium in Knoxville.

The Executive Board of the Alliance of Women Philanthropists created the Giving Circle in 2007 to make an impact on the UT campuses and to increase the Alliance’s direct involvement with the University of Tennessee’s students, faculty and staff. The Giving Circle funds innovative projects and programs that focus on issues of interest to women to fulfill the Alliance’s mission: to educate, empower and inspire women to be philanthropic leaders.

The University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Office of Student Orientation and Leadership Development received a $16,300 grant to bring the LeaderShape Institute to the Knoxville campus. The nationally recognized institute provides an intensive six day session comprised of 60-70 students. Work is done in small “family clusters” and centers upon identifying leaders and building community within the campus. Goals for the session include increased access to leadership opportunities, campus-wide collaboration, and a greater commitment to community service.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Women’s Studies received $7,250 to fund a peer mentoring program. The program was created to provide services to high ability/low achieving students, to provide an opportunity for high-achieving women’s studies students to act as mentors and to assist at-risk students in developing their scholarly skills as they interact with faculty advisors.

The Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy at the UT Knoxville campus received $1,800 to bring nationally-known women’s rights activist, film maker, and journalist, Diana Saqueb, to speak at an educational outreach event in partnership with a variety of campus and community organizations. The April 2011 event highlighted U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan and raised awareness regarding implications for human rights and women’s rights.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Center for Advisement and Student Success received $7,000 for the Peer Education Program. The program will assist incoming freshmen by providing peer mentors to a portion of those students enrolled in USTU 1250, a first year studies course. Funding will be used to train mentors, produce a peer mentor handbook, and hold peer education activities.

For more information about the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists and its Giving Circle visit http://alliance.tennessee.edu/.

Contact:
Lori Calvert or Stacy Palado, UT Office of Development
(865) 974-2115 or e-mail: alliance@tennessee.edu