Giving for the Future

By Blake Hicks

Board members of the Alliance of Women Philanthropists stand for a group photo.

Featured photo: Board members of the Alliance of Women Philanthropists.

Since the creation of the Giving Circle in 2007, the Alliance of Women Philanthropists has provided more than $744,000 for 81 UT programs and research endeavors across the state.

Olympian and UT Knoxville Lady Vols softball player Monica Abbott speaks during the Alliance of Women Philanthropists 2023 symposium.
Olympian and UT Knoxville Lady Vols softball player Monica Abbott speaks during the symposium.

For 2023-24, the alliance distributed grants of more than $41,000 to five recipients. The projects focused on the future with programs for nursing students and the health, wellness and education of the next generation.

This year the alliance symposium celebrated its 25th anniversary and featured speakers who have made an impact in their fields.

Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, UT Knoxville graduates and Cowgirl Creamery founders, speak during the Alliance of Women Philanthropists 2023 symposium.
Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, UT Knoxville graduates and Cowgirl Creamery founders, speak during the symposium.

Grants were distributed to:

Community Hearing Screening Outreach for Children

UT Health Science Center and UT Knoxville
Funding Awarded: $6,000

UT audiology and speech pathology students prepare to conduct hearing screenings.
UT audiology and speech pathology students prepare to conduct hearing screenings.

This funding will enhance the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology’s hearing screening outreach program to local schools and preschools. This project will provide experiential learning for speech-language pathology graduate students while also serving the community.

Building Both Competency and Confidence of Nursing Students Using Simulation

UT Southern
Funding Awarded: $16,029

This funding will allow the implementation of opportunities to foster best practices for in-hospital, patient cardiac emergency situations in the simulation lab setting through cardiac-monitoring technology for nursing students.

UT Southern nursing students practice on a simulator.
UT Southern nursing students practice on a simulator.

Smart IV Pumps for Campus Lab Medication Administration

UT Martin
Funding Awarded: $5,370

This funding will allow nursing students to practice intravenous medication administration using the same current pump utilized in hospital clinical settings.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevalence: Implications for Counselors in Training

UT Martin
Funding Awarded: $5,825

Child sexual abuse victimization is a prevalent issue and is often underreported. However, if shared, it is often done so within a school or clinical mental-health counseling setting. This program seeks to train counselors in recognizing, reporting and preventing child sexual abuse victimization.

Chemistry/Physics Outreach Program

UT Southern
Funding Awarded: $8,000

This funding will purchase materials for a new chemistry and physics outreach program to foster increased interest in science, technology, engineering and math education by providing engaging learning experiences for students in grades 5-12 in the local public school system.


The mission of the Alliance of Women Philanthropists is to educate, empower and inspire women to be philanthropic leaders at UT. One woman at a time, the Alliance’s Giving Circle grants program has created a legacy of transformation at the University of Tennessee through many selfless acts of giving.

For more information on the Alliance and the Giving Circle, visit utfi.org/alliance/circle-of-giving.