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Who We Are

In November 2003, the WIP initiative was created by a group of women serving on the Ohio University Foundation Board. WIP promotes financial literacy, philanthropic education, training about the grant process, community service, and engaging women with Ohio University.

WIP was founded in the belief that women have made and will continue to make a significant impact on educational excellence at Ohio University.

In 2014, WIP transformed into ohiowomen, inviting all women to engage in the life of OHIO. Together, we can create a powerful new wave of engagement and giving by women who care about the University and can make a lasting impact on future generations of Ohio University students.

Giving Opportunities

WIP Endowment (greatest need and investment): Supports WIP's mission in perpetuity including programming, financial literacy, Ohio University faculty/administrator representative to attend Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Leadership Institute, student summer internship scholarships and leadership development.

WIP Discretionary Fund (for immediate needs): Supports WIP's mission as described above.

Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University Founder's Circle Members

Mrs. Jean E. Axline Mrs. Joan “Jody” Galbreath Phillips*
Mrs. Carolyn E. Balogh Mrs. Ruby P. Riedel
Ms. Deborah P. Bower Mrs. Dolores H. Russ*
Mrs. Laura A. Brege Mrs. Melanie R. Sabelhaus
Dr. Jeanette Grasselli Brown Mrs. Dorothy R. Schey
Mrs. Priscilla Smith D'Angelo* Mrs. Lucille M. Schey
Ms. Nicolette Dioguardi Dr. Beth K. Stocker*
Judge Charlotte C. Eufinger Mrs. Patricia Connor Study
Mrs. Leona H. Hughes* Mrs. Molly Tampke
Dr. Kathy A. Krendl Ms. Stacia L. Taylor
Mrs. Sheila Rowan McHale Ms. Barbara Strom Thompson

Phenomenal Philanthropic Pioneers

Mrs. Dolores H. Russ Dr. Beth K. Stocker
Mrs. Leona H. Hughes Mrs. Joan "Jody" Galbreath Phillips

Achievements & Activities

WIP Achievements

  • Over $1,000,000 raised in gifts, pledges and planned gifts to help OHIO students
  • Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center Endowment
  • Student Community Outreach Resource Endowment (SCORE) grants available for OU Student Service Organizations
  • The Empower Campaign Humanitarian Award
2012 Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University Bobcat Outing
WIP Golf Outing

WIP Activities

  • Three meetings per year
  • OHIO Women Making a Difference Biennial Conference
  • MoneyU Online Financial Literacy Course offered as a pilot program on the Athens campus as well as some regional campuses
  • New Leader/Recent Graduate Events
  • Annual Jody Galbreath Philips Giving Circle Golf Event
  • WIP Leona Hughes Inspiration Award Ceremony


“WIP creates a fun environment for supporting Ohio University. It has been a pleasure getting to know other alumnae who are just as passionate about their alma mater as they are about philanthropy.”

—Megan Kuhn, WIP New Leader

Women and Wealth

Women's Philanthropy Institute Research on Women's Giving

Women Give 2010 Report: Debra J. Mesch, Ph.D., Director
  • Women give 2 times as much as men in almost every income level
  • In 2 out of 3 marital status categories women give more than men
Women Give 2012 Report: Debra J. Mesch, Ph.D., Director
  • At all income levels, Baby Boomer and older women give 89% more to charity than their male counterparts
  • Among those in top 25% income level, Baby Boomer and older women give 156% more than men
The 2011 Study of High Net Worth Women’s Philanthropy and The Impact of Women’s Giving Networks: Research by The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
  • High net worth women in a giving network (such as the Red Cross’ Tiffany’s Circle) are more likely to feel that they want to volunteer, set an example for young people, and give back to the community
  • Women in giving networks are more likely to give than those not in networks