A man in a classroom where he does his residency.

Carole Gupton and Susan Hommes,
two WPLC members making a difference.

Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle

Our mission is to create a circle of donors that combines our resources to support and develop leaders and philanthropists who are committed to empowering women within and beyond the College of Education and Human Development.

Inspire Philanthropy, Support Achievement, Foster Leadership

Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change. And, we know that it all starts with a change of heart- when you realize that your life should be about so much more than just yourself.

You (yes, YOU!) can make a difference in the lives of others, so start your philanthropic journey with Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC).

Together, we can inspire philanthropy, support achievement, and foster leadership throughout the College of Education and Human Development.

We believe when one person gives, two people receive. We are WPLC and we rise by helping others.

Join us.


Each year WPLC grants financial awards to graduate students and a “Rising Star” pre-tenure faculty member who are demonstrating leadership and creativity through their academics, research, service, and/or teaching.

The application for 2021 is now closed.


WPLC, a collaborative community of leaders and philanthropists, works to enhance the lives of women. Join us in maximizing scholarship opportunities and celebrating the power of collective giving. Together, we can make a difference and foster a permanent legacy.

Abigail Buuck
I am so thankful for the gift of recognition and scholarship money that you have given me. Thank you for your commitment to cultivating and inspiring female leaders!

Abigail Buuck
Counseling & student personnel psychology student
Department of Educational Psychology


In the early 2000's a group of women got together to discuss how they could teach others about the importance of philanthropy and the impact of collaborating with like-minded women.

Those engaging in the conversation enjoyed bouncing ideas off of each other and wanted to create a community where women could spark change in the lives of others. Because of this, WPLC was born!

Founding WPLC member and past chair Andrea Hjelm (B.A., ’65) expresses enthusiasm about the group, which is echoed across the college. “It gives me great pleasure to be a part of a circle that is innovative in its intent,” she says. “I feel a sense of pride in watching our recipients receive and utilize the funds we present to them.”

The Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle was designed to increase the overall visibility of women leaders in education and human development and provide financial support to women in and aspiring to leadership positions. Today we have expanded to be an organization supporting faculty and students.

Unite and engage with a group of generous and involved donors. Join today!