BY GAIL MATSUNAGA
From Dateline (November 11, 2004)
Womenís Largesse Recognized by Campus
When it came to philanthropy, the saying went,
women give their time and men give their money. Although women continue
to donate their time, they also have increasingly become more financially
independent and empowered – putting them in a position to
make a difference in new ways.
In recognition of this expanding role, Women &
Philanthropy was organized to acknowledge women throughout the campus
community as major donors, leaders and decision- makers. Currently
in its formative stages, the group comprises women faculty and staff
members, alumnae and friends of the university whose annual contributions
to Cal State Fullerton is $500 or more.
An inaugural lunch meeting late last month featured
the topic “Debating the 2004 Campaign Issues: Separating Rhetoric
From Reality” with guest speakers Barbara Stone and Sandra
Sutphen, emeriti professors of political science.
The organization’s mission is to: broaden the
base of financial support by women at CSUF; support programs on
campus that reflect the varied interests of women; engage women
philanthropists through programmatic activities in the life of the
university; and identify opportunities and advocate for women’s
leadership at the university.
“Throughout history, women have never questioned
their ability to make a difference in the world through their donations
of time and talent,” says Patricia Boggs, senior director
of development for University Advancement. “They have founded
hospitals, sheltered the homeless and established schools. They
are poised to discover their capacity to transform the world through
Among the statistics that illustrate women’s
emerging financial strength, the IRS reported that in 1998, approximately
39 percent of the top wealth holders in the United States were women.
And in 2002, the Center for Women’s Business Research found
that one in 11 women in the country was a business owner, and their
companies continue to grow one-and-a-half to two times the rate
of all firms.
Heading Women & Phil-anthropy is its leadership
committee, composed of alumnae Melinda Guinaldo (B.A. English ’89),
real estate agent for Coldwell Banker; Peggy Hammer (B.A. speech
’66, M.A. teacher education ’70); Linna Hanson (B.A.
art ’82), program officer for the Keck Foundation; Theresa
Harvey (B.A. communications ’81), director of development
for the Boys & Girls Club of Fullerton; Susan Reese (B.F.A.
graphic design ’86), Susan Reese Designs; Verne Wagner (B.A.
business administration ’77); and university friend Nannette
MacBeth, senior vice president of Merrill Lynch.
For more information about Women & Philanthropy,
or contact Boggs at 278-4732.