Science Women for Purdue

Science Women for Purdue Giving Circle

The Science Women for Purdue Giving Circle (SWFP) was founded in 2005 after the successful launch of "Women for Purdue", an initiative to encourage and celebrate women's leadership in giving to Purdue.

Science Women for Purdue provides opportunities for women to grow as organizational and philanthropic leaders for the College of Science. Through the Science Women for Purdue Giving Circle, alumnae and friends have the opportunity to give together and participate in the philanthropic decision-making process with others who are equally committed to life-long learning. Science Women for Purdue also hosts regular events to foster engagement with members of the College of Science community and bring women together to share common experiences.

Giving Circle Newsletters

2016 Fall Newsletter (PDF)


Science Women for Purdue Events:

The College of Science partnered with the Krannert School of Management for a weekend full of engaging discussions about important issues facing women in the industries of science and business. The event included opportunities to network with current students, two dynamic keynote speakers, and a thought-provoking panel discussion about how to 'Hammer Down the Glass Ceiling.' Here are photos from this year's event. If you are interested in attending this event in 2017, please email Allyson Fischlin at


How does the Science Women for Purdue Giving Circle work?

Each member of the giving circle receives one vote. At the end of the calendar year, members decide how to direct their pooled resources through an annual grant awards process. Membership requires a commitment of at least $1,000 for one calendar year. Membership can be renewed annually.


Voting Privilege:

The central activity of the Science Women for Purdue Giving Circle is the annual distribution of funds to selected Science programs through a voting process. Each member is entitled to one vote to select the projects and/or programs to which grants are awarded.

In January, we begin accepting proposals from projects and/or programs that wish to be considered for an award. The membership then reviews these proposals and selects those they consider to be of greatest interest to members as finalists.

In April, members receive by e-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 are totaled and funds are distributed among the finalists based upon the percentage of total points each receives.

Science Women for Purdue Award recipients are notified of their awards in May. In return, recipients agree to keep the membership apprised of progress related to the programs receiving funding.


Gift Types:

In order for the Giving Circle to have funds available for annual awards, cash gifts are required for membership. Cash gifts include checks, credit card payments, and gifts of securities. Matching gifts from corporate employers count toward a member's total contributions for the year.


Widening the Circle:

Members are encouraged to host informal gatherings about the giving circle for friends and others who have an interest in supporting Purdue Science. These are casual gatherings designed to inform potential members of the purpose of the Giving Circle, grant recipients, and philanthropy in general.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How is voting done?
    Each member of the Giving Circle receives one vote (100 points) per annual membership. In the spring of every calendar year, we give each member 100 points to distribute to the collected funding opportunities. You may distribute the points equally between groups, all to one or break them up as you see fit. The points are then tallied and the funding is distributed.
  • When does voting take place?
    Ballots and proposals are sent out to the membership in April. The announcement is made on or before May 1st.
  • How does the group decide where to give funding?
    We begin accepting proposals from any College of Science department, program or project in January. We review all the proposals and distribute for voting in late March.
  • Who makes up the Giving Circle?
    The membership is made up of a variety of alumnae of all age groups and professions from around the map. Any woman with a passion for Purdue Science is encouraged to join!
  • Who does this impact?
    Because we ask for proposals only from the College of Science – all the funding goes back to help students, programs, projects or departments within the College of Science.

For more information, please contact:

Allyson Fischlin
Manager, Development Operations & Donor Relations


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