Women's Giving Circle


A welcoming circle of women who combine resources to support the Taylor Scholarship Fund and fund innovative projects and opportunities

What does it do?

Womens Giving Circle

  • Meets financial needs of students through Taylor Scholarship Fund Grants
  • Funds academic projects and opportunities that go beyond what department budgets can support
  • Provides a rewarding experience for both donors and grant recipients by creating a greater ability to make a difference through combining financial resources
  • Gives donors opportunities for personal involvement in decision making

How does it work?

25% of Giving Circle gifts are directed to the Taylor Scholarship Fund, and 75% of gifts are dedicated to academic projects/opportunities.

Giving Circle members decide annually, as a group, academic projects to fund based on proposals submitted by academic departments (each grant up to $5,000).

Q & A

How are funds for academic projects/opportunities awarded? 
Each year faculty are invited to submit proposals (maximum $5,000 budget) for projects or opportunities that need funding assistance. Proposals are shared with the entire Giving Circle via e-mail (unless other method requested) by September 15 for review and determination of funding by October 1. Grant awards will be announced during Taylor’s Homecoming Chapel.

Will there be opportunities for Giving Circle members to meet together?
During Homecoming & Family Weekend (fall) and Heritage Weekend (spring), members meet as a group on campus and hear from various faculty and academic departments who receive funding through the Giving Circle.

How can I become a member of the Giving Circle? 
Membership is on an annual basis and begins with a minimum gift of $1,000 to be received by December 1 (one-time or multiple gifts). To encourage young alumni, participation membership gifts are reduced to $250 for alumni out of Taylor for 0-5 years and $500 for alumni out of Taylor for 6-10 years.

The University requests gifts to the Giving Circle be in addition to traditional giving to Taylor. Gifts are tax-deductible and can be made by check or credit card. There is equal input into project funding determination regardless of the gift size.

What if I have questions or need additional information? 
Contact Sherri Harter, Chief of Staff, (765) 998-4956.