The University’s newly created Women of Excellence organization is building momentum as it moves closer toward awarding its inaugural WOX Giving Circle grant this spring. The Giving Circle is a new giving vehicle that allows WOX members to have a direct voice in how their gift is directed. Funds collected through the Giving Circle are distributed to faculty, staff and student groups through a grant application process.
Grant applications are being solicited from faculty through March. An internal review committee will evaluate and provide feedback to all Giving Circle members who will cast the final vote on how the funds are distributed. Grants are being announced at the Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon in April.
To help generate revenue for the grant, WOX is holding a series of Giving Circle events through the winter, including an inaugural event in the on-campus apartment of University President Michael J. Graham, S.J. The event was attended by women serving on the University’s board of trustees and president’s advisory council. Subsequent events were held in Xavier’s Clocktower Lounge in the Gallagher Student Center and at homes of WOX members around the region.
The mission of the Women of Excellence Giving Circle is to provide a collaborative environment for women to come together in support of the University. The Giving Circle provides a more intimate view of individual programs and projects undertaken by faculty, staff and student groups that support Xavier’s mission. The purpose of the Giving Circle grant awards are to support special initiatives undertaken by individuals representing University divisions or departments or University-supported student groups that sustain Xavier’s mission and ultimately enrich the educational experience of its students.