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Women join WIN with annual contributions of $2,400, $1,200 or $500.

Those annual gifts are pooled to be shared equally between the University of Nebraska projects and Nebraska-based non-profits selected by a vote of the membership. (See application information on the Apply for Grants tab.)

Also, WIN Grants, Education and Membership Committees are open to all members.
Click here for more information about committees and how to get involved.


Here is how the grant cycle works:


  • Grant program announced via news release, social media, etc.
  • June site visit dates set.


  • Applicants submit 2-page letters of inquiry.
  • Grants sub-committee begins review of letters.


  • 12 to 16 applicants are invited to submit full proposals. Half will be University of Nebraska projects and half Nebraska non-profits.


  • Full applications are received and the grants committee begins reviewing them.


  • Grants committee selects 4 university and 4 non-profits for June site visits.


  • Grants committee members and other WIN members conduct site visits to learn more about the proposals.
  • WIN’s June 30 membership gift level determines the exact amounts of the grants and who will have voting rights.


  • Grants committee members select at least 2 university and 2 non-profit proposals, but can select up to 8 proposals to be included on the ballot for the full membership voting.
  • Online voting is open in late July to WIN members of record on June 30.


  • Online voting closes.
  • Applicants are notified of their status. Selected grant recipients remain confidential.
  • Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) for grant execution are finalized and announcement plans are made.


  • Grants presented at the annual WIN Grant Awards Celebration with subsequent news release.


  • Recipients receive funding to be used in the next calendar year with reports due the March 30 following that grant year.

"Now that I'm in my 50s, a key truth has emerged, and it is simply and importantly this: The power and importance of women friends and colleagues in my life. Because when women join together through a shared passion for giving, the world will change for the better."

-Tricia Raikes, Co-founder of the Raikes Family Foundation