Friday, April 2, 2021
I was thrilled when I learned our spring edition of the Carlson School’s alumni magazine would focus on the important contributions women have had in shaping the school and how critical they are for its future. One of the many areas where this is apparent is engagement and giving back. We know firsthand the incredibly strong and growing force women hold in philanthropic leadership—both within the Carlson School and throughout our communities. We also know the key leadership roles women have in driving philanthropic decisions within their families. Indeed, as seen below in our “By the Numbers” section, our women alumni have made quite the mark on the Driven campaign with an impact that will last for decades to come.
Women-driven giving is on the rise and is responsible for some of the most important gifts to the Carlson School in recent years. In fact, we know that ninety percent of all philanthropic decisions in high-net-worth households were made by or influenced by women as an equal partner. These gifts have paved the way for first generation students to attend the Carlson School, allowed us to advance our goals around increasing diversity, equity and inclusion, and provided critical financial support for innovative and impactful academic and entrepreneurial programming.
Also, this past fall we launched the Carlson Women Global Connect network. This alumni-led network helps former students advance their careers through strong networks, professional development, and leadership opportunities. Learn more about this new network later in this section and by visiting our website at z.umn.edu/carlsonwomenglobalconnect
As we prepare to close out the University’s Driven philanthropic campaign this summer, we ask you to follow in the footsteps of these inspiring women leaders, while joining thousands of your fellow alumni and friends, in making your campaign gift to the Carlson School. I also invite even more of our women alumni and friends to engage by mentoring students, serving on one of our many boards, and speaking to classes. In so doing, you will enable future generations of women leaders to have a positive influence at work and in our communities.
Assistant Dean Institutional Advancement
By the Numbers
Women alumni and friends have been critical to the success of the Driven campaign. Their generosity will benefit the Carlson School for decades to come.
Total dollars of women-driven philanthropy to the Carlson School in the Driven campaign
Percent of donors to the Carlson School’s Driven campaign who are women, while only 35% of the School’s living alumni are women
Number of women alumni who have joined Carlson Women Global Connect since its launch earlier this year