Association News — 10 May 2016
UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists Giving Circle Awards Grants

Photo: UT Health Science Center Director of Regional Development Shawn Briggs accepts $20,000 in funding from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists Giving Circle grants program for the Special Needs Dentistry Clinic during the Alliance’s Women & Philanthropy Symposium in Knoxville. An additional $5,000 was raised during the symposium to fully fund the grant for the clinic. UT Health Science Center College of Dentistry Dean Tim Hottel and Alliance of Women Philanthropists Grants Committee Chair Rita Freeman Silen are pictured in the background.

The UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists Giving Circle, to the tune of $66,000-plus, made a way this year for the following programs:

  • UT Chattanooga departments of Occupational and Physical Therapy, $12,457 to support the creation of post-stroke exercise videos and educational resources.
  • UT Martin Department of Nursing, $9,200 to provide SimScreens to the simulation lab to enhance student learning.
  • UT Martin Skyhawk Veterans Association, $5,000 to provide a lounge to support student veterans in their transition from military life to civilian and university life.
  • UT Health Science Center College of Nursing, $14,600, to provide asthma screenings in Shelby County schools by undergraduate nursing students as part of their community health and populations practicum.
  • UT Health Science Center College of Dentistry, $20,000 to provide dental services for special-needs patients while training future dentists. An additional $5,000 was raised during the Alliance’s February symposium in an effort to fulfill the entire request of $25,000.

As part of its mission to educate, empower and inspire women to be philanthropic leaders, the Alliance funds innovative projects and programs throughout the UT System. Funded through donations by the Alliance’s executive board, more than 48 programs have benefited from more $470,000 since 2008.

The Giving Circle grants program is open to all UT campuses, programs and organizations. For more information about the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists and the grants program, visit alliance.tennessee.edu.

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