Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council (WPLC) Fund

Women’s Philanthropy and Leadership Council

The Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council (WPLC) seeks to fund critical needs, new ventures, and innovative solutions to social issues impacting our communities both locally and globally. The WPLC Fund supports an annual grantmaking effort that touches every IU campus through an application process open to all IU students, faculty, and staff. Gifts to this fund will support projects selected by WPLC members, as approved by the IU Foundation executive vice president for development.

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Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council (WPLC) Fund

Women’s Philanthropy and Leadership Council

The Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council (WPLC) seeks to fund critical needs, new ventures, and innovative solutions to social issues impacting our communities both locally and globally. The WPLC Fund supports an annual grantmaking effort that touches every IU campus through an application process open to all IU students, faculty, and staff. Gifts to this fund will support projects selected by WPLC members, as approved by the IU Foundation executive vice president for development.

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The WPLC Fund is a collective giving fund that fosters support for innovative projects that advance the belief that all members of the IU community should have access to educational opportunities, excellent health care, a clean and safe environment, cultural enrichment through the arts, and services that enhance the pursuit of their academic careers. Grant applicants are expected to articulate how their projects will impact diverse constituents—not just women—and the ways in which outcomes will contribute to a more equitable and inclusive environment at IU and beyond.

Grants awarded through this fund have supported outcomes such as:

  • Providing eye care for 340+ low income preschool-aged children in Monroe County
  • Offering free, confidential counseling resources, providing aid to 260+ underserved IU students
  • Funding a pilot program providing leadership and career development for 1,000+ women through education, advocacy programming, and salary negotiation workshops, helping equip them with the tools needed to close the gender wage equity gap
  • Providing funding for a cross-collaborative initiative that encouraged undergraduate students from historically underrepresented populations to pursue social-change careers

These are just a sampling of the many diverse projects supported by the WPLC Fund over the years.

Total annual grant monies available to be awarded each year hinge on the total philanthropic support provided to the WPLC Fund. Because the WPLC only grants out what is raised each year, gifts of all size truly matter!

Impact Stories

Mary Stephenson with students

To our students, your gift is more than just money: It is upward mobility, a changing trajectory, an opportunity otherwise unavailable to so many. Thank you for believing in our cause and helping our students succeed.

Mary Stephenson Director of the IU Groups Scholars Program, which received a WPLC Fund-supported grant

Important Disclosures

Please note, the name and purpose of the fund displayed on this page constitute the authorized description of the fund by the Indiana University Foundation, Inc. Your gift supports the fund as described herein.