Be a Part of the Circle of Giving


Grant recipients at the 2015 voting event

In fall 2015, the Women’s Giving Circle reached a milestone of $1 million given back to the University of Arkansas when it awarded $142,086.25 to 11 campus programs at its annual voting event. Thanks to a $50,000 match incentive donation from the chancellor’s office, the amount awarded was the largest the organization has ever given back to the U of A campus in a single funding cycle.

“I have always been proud to be a member of the Women’s Giving Circle,” said Martha Haguewood, president of the circle. “Giving $1 million back to the University of Arkansas is an incredible milestone, and our fantastic members and university administration made it happen."

Last year’s grant recipients were chosen from 48 proposals, with 10 finalists selected through an online vote. The amounts of the remaining 10 grants given out ranged from $2,000 to $38,500.

Now, the circle is inviting new applicants for its 2016 grant pool. From April 29-June 29, the circle will accept new proposals for programs and initiatives supporting the campus and community, with grants being announced at the voting event in October.

This year, the circle has incorporated several changes to its application process, which is now completely online. Projects that are submitted for consideration should include work that falls within the scope of the circle’s priority areas:

  • Scholarship, Research and Service
  • Quality of Life of Women and Children
  • Outreach and Engagement in Arkansas and Beyond

The Women’s Giving Circle is made up of U of A alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university and was created to encourage women as philanthropic leaders. The circle raises funds in part by requiring annual cash gifts from its members. The annual gift requirement is $1,000 for alumnae or friends and $500 for recent graduates, students, faculty and staff.

For more information or to submit a grant application, visit