USD Women in Philanthropy

Uniting Women to Make an Impact

More than a single program or organization, the University of South Dakota Women in Philanthropy network is a movement—a uniting of like-minded women using diverse talents, backgrounds and experiences to enhance the university and positively impact its students.

"When women come together, they get things done." - USD President Sheila Gestring

Inspired by a shared mission, USD Women in Philanthropy is providing a platform where women can pool their resources, passion and philanthropic insight to make a difference not only in the lives of students but also in their respective communities. By providing opportunities for engagement, women discover their passions and interests and connect with other women to become visionary investors supporting the University of South Dakota.

USD Women in Philanthropy is making a difference far beyond financial contributions. Together, we are:

  • Giving women a collective voice at the University of South Dakota.
  • Fostering invaluable multi-generational mentorship opportunities.
  • Celebrating a powerful and accomplished network of USD women and empowering them to lead.
  • Creating opportunities for students to reach their potential.

USD Women in Philanthropy's first initiatives include Elevate, a USD Women's Basketball leadership development program, and Charlie's Cupboard, an on-campus food pantry for students coming to USD's campus in the fall of 2020.

2021 USD Women in Philanthropy Event

Join us on Saturday, September 11 for a morning of pride and purpose, as we honor the impact of USD women and celebrate the future opportunities of this year's Women in Philanthropy initiatives. The event will include a delicious brunch and dynamic conversations! Click below for more details or to register.


Make a Gift

Join other women making a difference for USD. Your gift will have a lasting impact on the lives of students.

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