2014 Alliance Giving Circle Grant Recipients Announced at Annual Symposium

The UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists announced its 2014 Giving Circle Grants recipients at the sixth annual Women and Philanthropy Symposium Friday, February 21 in Knoxville, Tenn.

As part of their mission to educate, empower and inspire women to be philanthropic leaders, the Alliance funds innovative projects and programs focused on issues important to women. Funded through donations by the Alliance’s executive board, 35 projects across the UT System totaling nearly $350,000 have been realized since 2008.

This year, seven projects were awarded grants:

  • UT Institute of Agriculture, $9,933 for Grow More, Give More. The project distributes surplus produce donated at UT Farmer’s Market by vendors, faculty, staff and the Knoxville community to local agencies to ensure needy Knoxville area families receive healthy meals;
  • UT College of Veterinary Medicine, $5,090 for the development of multi-purpose dog and cat manikins for use in training veterinary students in basic diagnostic techniques;
  • UT Martin, Reading Clinic, $8,125 for remedial reading instruction for 25 students in rural Northwest Tennessee. Staffed by UT Martin pre-service teachers, the Reading Clinic received their first grant in 2013;
  • UT Knoxville, Hodges Library, $1,800 to support a Financial Literacy Boot Camp, which will offer financial awareness and resources to college students;
  • UT Knoxville, Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, $6,141 for the House of Math project, which inspires students to learn math through museum activities, family math sessions and a math resources website for parents and students;
  • UT Knoxville, College of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, $13,305 in support of Systers, a student organization charged with recruiting, mentoring and retaining women in electrical engineering and computer science. This women’s support network will offer programs on topics such as group dynamics, interview skills and mentoring; and
  • UT Knoxville, Student Activities Office and the Women’s Coordinating Council, $4,000 for its Women’s Leadership Conference. The day-long conference serves as an opportunity for female students to develop leadership skills, network with women leaders and complete a group service project in Knoxville.

Grant submissions for the 2014-15 academic year will be accepted Aug. 18-Nov. 21, 2014. For more information about the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists and the Giving Circle grants program visit alliance.tennessee.edu.

Lori Calvert or Stacy Palado, UT Foundation Inc.
(865) 974-2115 or e-mail: alliance@tennessee.edu