Story Brief: 13 Alumnae Donate $1 Million To Colgate In University’s “13 Women Initiative”

In early March, Colgate announced that 13 alumnae have each donated $1 million gifts to the university in the name of supporting the third-century plan and as a means to “inspire” other female alumni to donate to the University, according to the announcement on Colgate’s website. Dubbed the 13 women initiative, the gifts — which will support financial aid and academic programs — were announced following Colgate’s celebration of 50 years of education the weekend prior. The initiative was brought forth by the Women’s Leadership Council consisting of over 170 members that “aims to inspire future members who will one day make their mark on the University,” according to their website

“Colgate’s success as an academic community has always relied on a tradition of philanthropy. These gifts are a testament to the power of women’s philanthropy in particular, and they allow us to move with even greater boldness into our third century,” university President Brian Casey said in the announcement.

Sophomore Gia D’Allessandro praised these alumnae for their generous contributions to the university. 

“It’s inspiring to see women leading the front of such an important milestone in Colgate’s history. These women who are paving the way remind us of our strong community who we can understand our challenges move each other forward all while supporting one another,” said D’Allessandro, who serves on the leadership team for the recently founded Colgate Women’s Network, an on-campus student group committed to the development and success of women at Colgate. 

“The thirteen women initiative is inspiring to all women on campus,” added sophomore Gigi Venizelos, also involved with the Women’s Network. “It is so exciting to see successful female alumni care so deeply for Colgate and the future of its students.”