Women's Council for Philanthropy

Women’s Council for Philanthropy


The Jackson State University Women’s Council for Philanthropy was created in 2007 to increase scholarship opportunities for students and to provide them with the added support of career mentors and training to prepare them for leadership roles in their chosen professions.  The Council is a program of the JSU Development Foundation (JSUDF) and is comprised of a group of accomplished, professional female leaders and philanthropists who believe in leadership, scholarship, and mentorship and has the butterfly as its logo. Council members make annual financial gifts to the university and manage a female student ambassador program to provide training as future philanthropists and leaders. The Council believes that through philanthropy education, students learn that they are capable of making a difference and have a responsibility to stay aware of current issues and participate in civic life to build the common good.


  • Change the face for philanthropy for female scholars with leadership, scholarship and mentorship
  • Increase membership in the Women’s Council to increase financial giving via scholarships
  • Increase the number of female scholars who participate in the student ambassador program to encourage philanthropic giving to Jackson State University
  • Implement and evaluate the mentorship program for the student ambassadors
  • Increase awareness and visibility of the Women’s Council by successful marketing and branding



Our mission is to increase awareness of philanthropy as a force in shaping the future of the university, as well as sponsor innovative programs that attract and develop students through leadership, scholarship, and mentorship toward a lifelong commitment to improving the university and our society.


Council members are expected to contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually as dues to support the administrative budget of the Council. The initial $1,000 is due at the time of acceptance to membership and the subsequent minimum annual dues of $1,000 is due by the end of each successive Council’s fiscal year’s end [June 30]. The total minimum of $3,000 per three-year-term may be paid at any time upon acceptance of membership. Checks should be made payable to the JSUDF Women’s Council for Philanthropy. Exemption of dues shall be given to any member who endows a Council Scholarship for $50,000 or more through an outright or deferred gift.


Upon recommendation of the Nominating Committee of the Council, the Council elects a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, two at-large Council Members to the Executive Committee, and new members, all who will be elected by a majority vote of Council members at the Spring meeting. Membership terms begin on July 1 of each year in which members are selected and shall run for a period of three years.


According to an article titled Women and Philanthropy in learningtogive.org, increased wealth among women has resulted in a recent surge of committed women philanthropists who are fulfilling their desire for involvement and change. Because women now own over 51% of the investment wealth in the United States, efforts need to be made to solicit and cultivate female prospects. The Jackson State University Women’s Council for Philanthropy is joining the efforts of women around the world who are taking on more philanthropic leadership positions to engage other women of influence to make a difference in society.


Revised December 2016