The mission of Taylor University Women’s Giving Circle is to create a welcoming circle of women who combine their resources to support the Taylor Fund and to strengthen academic departments through funding innovative projects and opportunities. We invite you to become a member of Taylor’s first Women’s Giving Circle! 

What does it do?

The Giving Circle meets the financial needs of students by funding Taylor Fund Grants, which reduces the cost of a Taylor education for students. In addition, the program funds academic projects and opportunities that go beyond what department budgets can support.

The Women’s Giving Circle provides a rewarding experience for both donors and grant recipients by creating a greater ability to make a difference through combining financial resources with other women. The Giving Circle also provides opportunities for personal involvement in decision making.

How does it work?

Twenty-five percent (25%) of Giving Circle gifts are directed to the Taylor Fund, while seventy-five percent (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

What is the Taylor Fund? The Taylor Fund annually provides financial assistance to students. This year 700 students received Taylor Fund Grants as a result of $2 million in funding from the Taylor Fund.

Womens Giving Circle

How are funds for academic projects/opportunities awarded? Each year faculty will be invited to submit proposals not to exceed $5,000 for projects or opportunities that need funding assistance. Proposals will be 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? In addition to Taylor information being shared with members throughout the year, there will be opportunities during Homecoming (fall) and Heritage Weekend (spring) to meet together as a group on campus and to hear from various faculty members 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 received by December 1 or a minimum pledge of $1,000 made by September 1 (one-time or multiple gifts). The University requests gifts to the Giving Circle be in addition to your 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, associate vice president for development, shharter@taylor.edu, 765.998-4956; or Amanda (Schaffer ’02) Wilson, director of parent and family programs, amwilson@taylor.edu, 765.998-5112.