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Mizzou Women Give

Mizzou Women Give: Dedicated Tigers pool resources to make a difference on campus.

Mizzou Women Give group portrait

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Four years ago, professor and former Mizzou first lady Anne Deaton was sitting in a meeting with fellow spouses of university presidents and chancellors when the topic of women and giving came up. At the time, the University of Missouri had many groups dedicated to giving but none focused on women as donors and fundraisers. So Deaton pitched a philanthropic outreach plan targeting women to Mizzou Advancement. After a few tweaks, Mizzou Women Give (MWG) was born.

MWG is a group of women all across the United States who share a connection to the university. Together, they commit their time, talent and treasure to bettering Mizzou.

Mizzou Women Give is perfect for anyone who isn’t able to travel back to the university as often as they’d like to but still wants to actively engage with Mizzou,” says Deborah Jones, BA ‘74, the group’s initial chair. “It’s also great for those interested in mentoring young women through Griffiths Leadership Society or for those who would like to donate in a hands‐on way.”

The group raises most of its money through a giving circle, which anyone can join. Current leader Debbie Starke, BJ ’77, says members are able to make a big impact once their contributions have been pooled.

It’s empowering to be able to vote on how the funds are spent and then hear about the results from our grants,” she says.

Each year, MWG solicits proposals from all over campus. Volunteers read the proposals and narrow the field to five finalists, who present to the group in April. Recipients are selected by voting members.

In 2013, the women gave their first gift of nearly $18,500 to MedZou, a health clinic run by Mizzou students, to provide services for women who need follow‐up on abnormal test results. They also helped Tiger Pantry, Mizzou’s student‐run food bank, secure a van. Last year MWG supported three projects: Camp Salsa, a nutrition and business venture for teens; the School of Social Work’s integrative behavioral health clinic; and QuEST, a science camp for children.

This year, MWG had a record number of donors: 29 women whose gifts totaled $16,444.73. In June, they donated to Green Dot Mizzou and the Breastfeeding Support Project. Get involved at