In UCA’s formative years, three women were among the first nine faculty members employed by the school. To acknowledge the importance of the role of women in the history of the university, a philanthropic group has been formed to help further efforts benefiting women on this campus.
The UCA Women’s Giving Circle was formed this year as a way of honoring that history as well as providing a framework for the future. The Circle is a group of alumnae, faculty, staff and friends who have pledged to award grants to campus and community programs benefiting women.
The group celebrated its charter members with a brunch in the Little Rock home of UCA trustee Shelia Vaught, co-hosted by Melissa Courtway and Nan Snow. Trustees Kay Hinkle and Elizabeth Farris were also in attendance.
Circle members will have sole responsibility for allocating grant awards, which encourage unique learning and leadership opportunities. These grants will be determined by the members through an online grant selection process. No formal meetings will be held, but awards will be announced at an annual fall event. This not only creates new giving opportunities for women, but also establishes a bond among its members through their mutual philanthropic efforts.
To join as a founding member, women may pledge $500 annually for five
years. Those who join after this inaugural year will contribute an annual $1,000 membership fee. UCA faculty and staff may participate through a $500 annual gift (payroll deduction permitted). A junior membership of $250 annually is available for new graduates 25-35 years of age. All contributions may be set up on a monthly installment basis if desired. Credit card payments are accepted. Men may be a part of the Circle’s mission by giving honor gifts in the names of women or women’s organizations.
To become a founding member, contact Jan Davis, Director of Planned Giving at UCA at (501)-450-3740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.