BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Council (WPC), with leadership from the new director of IU Women’s Philanthropy, Michele Boillotat, is seeking grant applications from individuals and organizations at all university campuses for its third annual WPC Fund grant cycle. Boillotat started her new role on January 2, 2014.
All IU students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply. The Council will award grants that complement IU’s commitment to quality educational opportunities, excellent health care, a clean and safe environment, cultural enrichment through the arts and humanities, and educational programs and services. Preference will be given to applications that launch new ventures, address critical needs, and develop innovative solutions to social problems.
“We look forward to receiving grant applications for pioneering projects from all campuses that will ignite lasting change for IU students and surrounding community members,” said First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, founding co-chair of the Women’s Philanthropy Council. “And we are thrilled to welcome Michele, with her extensive insight and expertise, to the IU community and to the WPC Fund grant process.”
Bringing many years of development experience to her new position, Boillotat most recently served as director of the annual fund at Rice University. In this role, she oversaw a team of 13 professionals and realized record-breaking increases in seven-figure goals for campus-wide programs. Prior to her position at Rice University, she was associate director of individual giving and class giving officer at Dartmouth College, and executive director of the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, Inc.
“I am sincerely impressed by the impactful work and programs accomplished with previous WPC Fund grants,” said Boillotat. “And I share the excitement of First Lady, Laurie Burns McRobbie and the entire Women’s Philanthropy Council as we anticipate receiving more inspiring grant applications.”
Boillotat will oversee all aspects of the IU Women’s Philanthropy program, including working with the highly engaged Women’s Philanthropy Council. She will also manage the development activities of the IU first lady as well as a personal portfolio of major gift prospects.
Grants will be awarded from the WPC Fund and administered by the IU Foundation. WPC members designate a portion of their donations to the Foundation for this fund and expect to award up to $100,000 in grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 for the 2014-15 academic year.
The application, along with more information, is available at the following link: http://women.iufoundation.iu.edu/grants/. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2014.
The WPC established its fund in 2010, and opened up the grants process in 2011. Since then, the Council has awarded grants totaling more than $228,000 to 20 organizations affiliated with six of the university’s campuses. Projects have ranged from encouraging healthy choices for students through education and assessments to providing education and connections to medical services for the visually impaired to promoting awareness and opportunities for women IT students to presenting free opera performances in schools, libraries, and other youth venues through a service-learning project aided by student volunteers from the Jacobs School of Music.
The WPC Grants Working Group will review the applications and select finalists who will present to the entire WPC membership. The WPC will announce the grant recipients in June. Recipients will be asked to submit a final report 12 months after receipt of the grant to show how funds were used and to demonstrate the impact of their projects on their campuses.
Convened by the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors in 2010, the Women’s Philanthropy Council’s mission is to lead fundraising and engagement efforts that inspire women to give of their time, talent, and resources to Indiana University, and to develop women leaders in philanthropy.
Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university.
Today, the Foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value in excess of $1.7 billion. In fiscal year 2013, IU received $305.9 million in support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.