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History

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. We welcome participation of all giving capabilities, with a special focus on first time donors, major gift donors, and new alumnae.

WIP’s general meetings (which occur three times a year) are open to all women interested in learning about our work and to those who have donated their time, talent or treasure to WIP’s projects.




Barbara Strom Thompson Please join me as a member of Women in Philanthropy at Ohio University. Together, we can create a powerful new wave of giving by women who care about the University and can make a lasting impact on future generations of Ohio University students.

Barbara Strom Thompson, AB '76
Founder Chair Emerita


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
*Deceased

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