The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council was formed at the beginning of the Carolina First Campaign, the University’s highly successful $2.384 billion campaign that ended on Dec. 31, 2007. The Committee began with a small core of women and has grown to almost 200 members. These women come from all walks of life with a myriad of interests at Carolina. They are lawyers, doctors, teachers and executives. They give to the Carolina Performing Arts, Women’s Soccer, Merit Scholarships, the Library and the Business School. During the Carolina First campaign, women gave more than $470 million, about 37 percent of all the gifts from donors. $58 million came from Leadership Council members. The average gift by women was nearly $5,000.

Other notable recent gifts by women include:

  • Mary Mills Borden ’82, and her husband, Lee, created the W. Lee and Mary Mills Borden Founders Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Claudia Fort Heath ’80 made a gift in honor of her father, James Coker Fort ’50, to support the North Carolina Botanical Garden. She also named a seat in Memorial Hall in honor of her daughter, Jean Prentice Manning ’06.
  • Sisters Frances ’77 and Susan ’73, ’79 Gravely, along with their mother, Lee Gravely, and brothers, Page and Steve Gravely, established the Lee Gravely Scholarship in the College of Arts & Sciences to support student opportunities for study abroad. The sisters own and operate Vietri, Inc., in Hillsborough, N.C.
  • Dotty Reynolds Brotherton ’74 made a $150,000 gift to support study abroad in the honors program through her family foundation, The Reynolds Foundation in Richmond, Va.
  • Sisters Mary Anne Johnson Dickson ’63 and Neal Johnson ’76 honored their father by establishing the Charles Garland Johnson Sr. Scholars Fund, which enables seven students each year to travel abroad. Neal has also established the Neal Johnson International Study Fund in Art History in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Marjorie “Dee” Moses Schwab ’69 has pledged a generous contribution to the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts & Sciences. The Institute, established in 1987, provides a wide range of fellowships, seminars, workshops and facilities to develop faculty teaching, scholarship, leadership and service.
  • Prince Dixon Witt ’82 and her husband Mike from Charlotte made a pledge to support Kenan-Flagler and the Carolina Covenant.
  • Aurelia Stafford Monk ’85 and her husband, William ’86, made a gift to the Townsend Ludington Distinguished Professorship.
  • A $1 million gift from alumna Nancy Abbey ’74 and her husband, Douglas, of San Francisco launched the Abbey Fellows Program in the College of Arts & Sciences. The pilot faculty fellowship program aims to enhance academic advising for undergraduates as they enter their major fields of study.
  • Martha Guy ’42, former Avery County Bank president, contributed $1 milllion toward the Carolina Physical Science Complex to create the Martha Guy Labs.
  • Molly Froelich ’83 and her husband, Henry, pledged $100,000 to supplement stipends for lecturers in the Creative Writing Program in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Amy Jorgensen Conlee ’75 is supporting women faculty members in Kenan-Flagler Business School with a $100,000 gift.
  • Patty Ward Hendrix ’83 made a $25,000 gift to support the Ackland Art Museum. She and her family are avid supporters of the arts.
  • Francie Chapman Mangan ’83 and her husband John, from Charlotte, have a great interest in the Carolina Learning Disability Center and made a leadership commitment in support of that program.
  • Drucie French, ’71, ’78, spearheaded efforts to endow the first women’s studies professorship at Carolina—the Druscilla French Distinguished Professorship in Women’s Studies.
  • Emmett Haywood ’77 and her husband, Hubert, made a gift of $100,000 to create the Emmett and Hubert Haywood Study Abroad Scholarship based in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Tri Delta alumnae have banded together to establish a professorship in the College of Arts & Sciences. More than $500,000 has been raised to date. The goal is to raise $666,000 to receive a state match of $334,000, bringing the professorship to $1 million.
  • Atlanta women are raising $100,000 for the Carolina women’s soccer program. Currently, the effort stands at $60,000.