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Anonymous Donor Creates Women's Giving Initiative Challenge

Published on 15 June 2016

The Women’s Giving Initiative (WGI) is a group of alumnae and friends of the College who are passionate about making a difference at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. What started as founding members hosting events in their homes has blossomed into an organization that directly impacts students, creating opportunities for growth.

In 2014, WGI was formed to enhance students’ professional and personal skills. During its first two years, the initiative has raised nearly $20,000. On April 25, 2016, WGI members voted to donate funds toward supporting a student research initiative and Office of International Programs.

A reserve amount was also set aside for need-based requests based on recommendations by Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., FASHP, FAPhA, dean of the School of Pharmacy, Kim Kilgore, Ph.D., dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, president of the College.

After getting the initiative off the ground, WGI members are focused on securing the necessary resources to continue to provide support to students at the College. The group hopes to increase membership in order to expand its philanthropic reach. To help meet this year’s goal, an anonymous donor has created a membership challenge.

To qualify as a WGI voting member, a donor must make a commitment of $1,000 annually. However, during the membership challenge, new donors will be able to join the WGI by contributing $500, and the remaining balance will be matched by the anonymous donor.

Tracy Brees, foundation and corporate giving officer within the College’s Office of Advancement works closely with the WGI and serves as a liaison between the group and the College.

“The generosity of this donor and her decision to create the membership challenge is a testament to the power of women’s giving and this organization,” Brees said. “This is a group of women who are passionate about creating positive change in the lives of students, and they want to bring their message to a wider audience.”

Members of the WGI receive joint membership in the Mortar and Pestle Society, admission to professional development and networking events, and the opportunity to help change the lives of student pharmacists.

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