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Give to the Women's Board
Visit our online donation form to donate to The University of Chicago Women's Board.
Nominate a new member
Nominate a new Women's Board member online. Nominations must be submitted by a current member. Please contact the Women's Board or a current member for more information.
Register for upcoming events
We now offer online registration for the next scheduled Women's Board program. This link will direct you to our programs page to access the members-only registration site and for a full listing of this year’s distinguished program line-up.
The Women's Board is a diverse group of dynamic women committed to furthering the mission of the University of Chicago through advocacy and active philanthropy.
Our membership is diverse: approximately one third of our members are alumnae of the University, another ten percent are married to alumni and the rest, more than half of our members, are friends of the University. The Women's Board endeavors to maintain this balance in order to effectively expose people with a wide variety of relationships to Chicago to the important and interesting work of the University.
The Women's Board is compromised of close to 500 intellectually curious, engaged women who enjoy furthering their knowledge of the University of Chicago and its work through sponsoring a series of programs given by University professors on a wide range of topics related to key University initiatives. These programs showcase to members and guests the breadth, depth, and word-class thought leadership of the University of Chicago on both national and international issues and provide a vital connection between the University and the larger Chicago community.
Women's Board members are also committed to furthering University initiatives. Each year the Women's Board raises substantial funds from its membership and directly distributes them to faculty research, the arts, and cultural institutions, student life and community outreach programs. The Women's Board Allocations Committee is convened annually to represent the Women's Board in determining grant recipients. The committee hears proposals from across the University and decides where funding should be distributed based upon pre-set criteria. Many projects are early stage and the seed money provided by the Women's Board is critical to their advancement.
Benefits of Membership
Women's Board members span a variety of professions, geographic locations, ages and interests, but are united in their intellectual curiosity and civic commitments. They are well informed, accomplished and enjoy the exchange of ideas that are central to Women's Board events. In addition to learning about specific subject areas, events provide an opportunity to meet new people and forge lasting professional connections and personal friendships.
The Chair of the Women's Board is appointed by the President of the University. The Steering Committee, appointed by the Chair, seeks to enhance the ways in which the Women's Board may be most valuable to its members and the University, and acts as the general policy-determining body of the Women's Board. The Steering Committee has four distinct subcommittees: the Membership Committee and related, Greeters Committee, the Communications Committee, the Programs Committee, and the Projects Committee. The Projects Committee, convened by the Chair each spring, reviews and selects the projects to be funded by the Women's Board during the following fiscal year. The Women's Board fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.