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In September 2007, under the leadership of Former President Lee T. Todd, Jr. and Former First Lady Patsy Todd, the University of Kentucky founded the Women & Philanthropy Network at UK. This effort recognizes the essential and continuing role of women in the life and progress of the University.

Women & Philanthropy brings together women of diverse talents and experiences who share the ambition of building a better UK and a better Kentucky. The same dedication, energy and faith that have led to their individual successes are summoned now to this common cause.

UK needs women who are passionate about the University, passionate about making women’s collective voices heard and passionate about creating a culture of service and philanthropy through their donations of time, talent and resources.

Women have been powerful contributors throughout the history of UK. Since May 2008, members of the UK Women & Philanthropy Network Leadership Council have worked to establish an influential philanthropic network of individuals who care about and collectively support the greater good of our intellectual institution.

UK is striving to become a Top 20 research university by 2020 and has already excelled far beyond expectation. Countless hours have been spent recruiting some of the world’s top students, educators and researchers to campus, while providing them with the type of 21st century classrooms, laboratories and facilities they need to compete.

A university with such great aspirations must have financial support. Our Leadership Council identified three major areas of focus for combined giving. These areas are scholarships, research and programs. Our goal is to transform women’s giving for a greater impact. Your membership contribution will make a major difference as we pool our funds to award grants that will significantly benefit our world–class UK students, faculty and staff.