Women & Philanthropy

About Women & Philanthropy

Since its inception in 2006, Women & Philanthropy has awarded 30 grants totaling more than $800,000. In 2013 alone, four grants were awarded totaling $135,000. The Ohio State University is deeply grateful to every member for her generosity and support.

Now more than ever, women have the financial power to affect change through philanthropy. The impact of their generosity continues to grow. Did you know that the IRS reported in 2004 that 43% of the nation’s top wealth holders are women? Our ability is increasing—to take action in our own names, to build a legacy of healing the world, of setting a shining example for others to follow now and into the future.

The impact of women’s initiatives is demonstrated in a variety of areas at The Ohio State University. Recently, The Ohio State University Women & Philanthropy program provided funding for the Center for Women’s Health, spinal cord rehabilitation, the Thompson Library renovation, New Parents of Autism, the Women & Philanthropy Scholarship, and much more. 

Women are increasingly making their voices heard. Now is the time for The Ohio State University Women & Philanthropy program to enlarge our thinking, to envision not just a solution to the problems we can see, but to work toward a betterment of the world for future generations. Now is the time to think globally about the problems we can solve and the future we can create. Now is the time for a complete vision that embodies a love of humankind.

How it works

Women & Philanthropy inspires women to discover the power of giving together. Each member contributes a minimum of $1,000 annually, which is deposited into a pooled fund. Throughout the year, members are invited to learn about select areas of interest from across the university.

In May, members receive by mail a ballot and copies of the selected proposals. To vote, each member allocates a total of 100 points to finalists as she sees fit. Points allocated by members for each of the projects are totaled, and funds are distributed among the finalists based upon the percentage of total points each receives.

Women & Philanthropy award recipients are notified of their awards at the awards closing reception. In return, recipients agree to keep the membership of Women & Philanthropy apprised of progress related to the programs receiving funds.

Women & Philanthropy
2200 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 247-7994


The But for Ohio State campaign is a $2.5 billion fundraising endeavor that invites those who believe in Ohio State to invest in our students, our faculty, and our potential.

*Gifts through November 30, 2014


—Patty Tambling Lutz ’69