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Philanos shines spotlight on WIN

Affiliate spotlight looks at university-related groups

Philanos May eNews: Affiliate Spotlight on Universities

University of Nebraska and Miami University of Ohio

In recent years, women's collective giving has been recognized as one of the fastest growing forms of philanthropy. While collective giving grant-making is a unique type of philanthropy, it is no monolithic. As evidenced by the more than 75 organizations affiliated with Philanos, it is both the similarities and the differences that proposels its growth and makes local giving circles so effective in their communities.

All Philanos affiliates share a core belief that by combining their participants' intellectual and financial capital, they are able to make effective grants for the betterment of their communities. They differ in the specific areas of grant focus and in how they are governed. Their affinity is most offten defined by  designated geographic area. Most are independent non-profits or affiliates of community foundations. The two exceptions are both affiliated with universities, but that is where their similarity ends.


"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