The Alliance of Women Philanthropists

The Alliance was created in 1998 to raise awareness of the integral role women play in philanthropy at the University of Tennessee. Today the group has more than 4,400 members nationwide and is recognized as one of the UT System’s most active and well-respected volunteer groups. In fact, universities across the nation have modeled their women’s philanthropy groups after the Alliance, fostering a sense of unity and pride among their female donors.

What is the Alliance?

The Alliance is a group of accomplished University of Tennessee alumnae and friends connected by a common bond – their investment in UT. We are governed by an executive board, which directs our events, membership and grants program. Our purpose is to thank women donors, to recognize and raise awareness of women’s roles in philanthropy and to encourage more women to become involved with the university.

Who can join?

Membership is open to all women who have made a financial commitment of $25,000 or more, independently or with their spouse, to any UT campus or institute. Members may reach this level through many years of giving, a pledge or outright contribution or an estate gift.

Why should I participate?

In a word: connection. You will become part of a network of women from all walks of life who share a passion for UT. Alliance members meet UT leadership, faculty and some of the university’s best and brightest students at events that take place throughout the year. These events, such as the Alliance’s annual symposium and regional membership gatherings, are unparalleled opportunities to learn more about the university’s initiatives and to form relationships with other UT women.

How does the Alliance impact UT?

The Alliance’s major initiative is its Giving Circle grants program. These funds support UT as the driving force for Tennessee’s future — an institution with the vision and talent to produce the graduates and discoveries needed to solve challenges that affect the people of Tennessee.

Our mission is simple

Educate, empower, and inspire women to be philanthropic leaders at the University of Tennessee.

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Melissa Smith
Director of Alumni Marketing and Special Events
(865) 974-7544

1525 University Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 974-2115