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Women in Philanthropy

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Women in Philanthropy (WIP) is dedicated to inspiring, educating, and encouraging women to effect change in their community through philanthropy and leadership. 

Membership Eligibility

Membership is extended to women who:

  • Wish to effect change in their community through philanthropy and leadership
  • Contribute to United Way of Central New Mexico a combined household gift of $1,000 or more 

Check out who serves on the Women in Philanthropy Council, and print out an overview to share with friends! We also have a convenient online form to nominate yourself or someone else for a council or committee position with WIP.   

Quarterly Newsletter

The WIP Quarterly Newsletter features current information about the group, upcoming events, and updates on the WIP Women's Self Sufficiency Grant Initiative.

WIP Women's Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund        

The purpose of the WIP Women's Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund is to help create sustainable systemic change in our four-county community through grants that address a continuum of services and the most pressing issues for women over the age of eighteen. The 2016-17 grants have been awarded to agencies that enhance women's employability in one or more of these focus areas:

  • Improve high school graduation rates and/or assist with GED completion
  • Provide job/skill training and/or retraining for women to secure gainful employment
  • Support transitional and/or permanent housing for women 

Meet the WIP Women's Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund current grantees.

Donate to Support Women's Self-Sufficiency


Join Our Women's Self-Sufficiency Giving Circle

Donors who donate $250 or more to the WSS grant initiative will be part of this exclusive group of donors. This opportunity is open to WIP members and donors outside of WIP who are interested in supporting women's self-sufficiency programs. Members of the WSS Giving Circle will be recognized in the annual Leaders in Giving Book.


"We" Women's Endowment

The “We” Endowment was established to ensure WIP's work in support of women’s self-sufficiency will carry on with a legacy by providing annual distributions to the WIP Women's Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund. 

Thanks to the caring generosity of donors who wish to impact women's issues in our community, over $125,000 has already been invested as part of UWCNM's fund at the Albuquerque Community Foundation. At least $1,175,000 more will be added thanks to legacy gifts such as bequests, IRA beneficiary designations, and gifts of paid-up life insurance policies.

You can visit the WIP donation page now to give to the "We" Endowment. Or, you may wish to join the seven other women who have taken advantage of UWCNM's unique matching offer, wherein we double your $5,000 gift to your own endowment fund that can be part of the WIP endowment. The $5,000 may be paid in over five years, so a gift of $1,000 per year for five years will establish your $10,000 fund, named as you wish. Annual distributions from your "We" Endowment fund will support WIP Women's Self-Sufficiency Fund grants in perpetuity. Please contact Larry Strickland for more information about this program.

Donate to the We Endowment

    2017 Grant Celebration

    On August 16, 2017, WIP members celebrated the 2017-18 Women's Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund grantees at an event at Hotel Chaco.

    WIP Mentoring Program

    Each year, WIP hosts a six month program designed to promote philanthropy and cultivate women to become community leaders. Visit the WIP Mentoring Program page for more information, or apply online today

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    Interested in becoming a member of WIP? Contact