Established in 2002, the Women’s Philanthropy Board (WPB) is the flagship program of the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. WPB’s mission is to inspire, educate and enable individuals to: develop their full leadership potential; achieve independence as financial donors and decision makers; serve as mentors for future generations of philanthropists; and broaden the base of financial support for the College of Human Sciences.

WPB upholds its mission by providing educational opportunities for its members and the community, sponsoring mentoring initiatives for Auburn University students and practicing collective philanthropy through support of student scholarships and programmatic grants to the College of Human Sciences.

WPB is primarily funded through the support of its individual members including its men’s auxiliary The Phils, and its corporate and business partners.

During the 2022-2023 academic year, WPB is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a year-long series of programs and special events. For a brief history of WPB please click here.

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Educational Programs

The Women’s Philanthropy Board provides yearly educational programs to inspire and enable attendees regarding financial responsibility and philanthropic engagement. Each year, WPB hosts more than 1,000 attendees ranging in age from 18-90. Since it's inception, WPB has presented more than 150 programs featuring more than 250 unique speakers. WPB provides diverse topics and speakers to engage a broad spectrum of constituents. Keynote speakers are often nationally and internationally renowned financial, philanthropic or nonprofit leaders. Former featured speakers include: Laura Bush, Former First Lady; Knight Kiplinger, Editor in Chief of The Kiplinger Letter; Marlo Thomas, Actor and Activist, National Outreach Director for St. Jude; Dr. Jane Goodall, International Nonprofit Leader and Conservationist; Dominique Dawes, Olympic Gold Medalist; Charles Best, Founder of; and Jean Chatzky, Financial Journalist.

WPB Mentoring Initiatives

The Women’s Philanthropy Board sponsors mentoring initiatives to inspire and educate the next generation of philanthropists. Mentoring initiatives are open to any Auburn University student who has a desire to learn more about financial responsibility, philanthropic engagement and nonprofit leadership.

Philanthropic Impact

As part of its mission, each year WPB practices collective philanthropy by passing through philanthropic funding to the College of Human Sciences through the awarding of student scholarships and programmatic support. Since its 2002 inception, WPB has provided a cumulative total of $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants.

Calendar of Events

February 12: Join us for the Women’s Philanthropy Board Winter Wanderings featuring Rick Steves on Monday, February 12, 2024, from 3:00 - 7:00 PM at the Hotel at Auburn University. Tickets start at $20. Click here for more information. Register.


  • Kim Walker
  • WPB Director
  • 334-844-9156
  • Mary Elizabeth Fukai
  • WPB Associate Director
  • 334-844-3524
  • Britany Spillman
  • Cary Center Director of Community and Collegiate Programs
  • 334-844-3557