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Washburn Women’s Venture Partners

Washburn Women’s Venture Partners (WWVP) is a giving circle comprising of Washburn alumnae and friends who volunteer their time and commit financial support to Washburn University. Celebrating its 14th year as an organization in 2022, the group awarded 18 grants for the 2022-2023 school year to Washburn University and Washburn University Institute of Technology. Grant applications from all facets of campus life are considered for funding on a yearly basis.

Altogether, WWVP has awarded 172 grants totaling more than $567,000.

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Giving Circle

Plans are underway to expand the number of women who want to participate in the Washburn Women’s Venture Partners giving circle. Members of WWVP make a commitment to donate a minimum of $2,000 per year to go to these university projects.

Current members include: Charlotte Adair, Ann Adrian, Tami Akin, Carol Benoit, Susanne Bradley, Karen Elpers, Jaena Greenwood, Marcia Haag, Judy Hall, Cynthia Heath, Ann Hoelting, Jeanne Hoferer, Susie Hutchins, Carol McDowell, Dr. Valerie McNee, Staci Minihan, Marianna Nothern, Linda Oldham Burns, Carolyn Orozco, Nancy Paul, Kris Rinne (chair), Jane Roberts, Carol L. Rogers, Brig. Gen. Deborah Rose, Dr. Lynne Schutte, Cherie Seckinger, Jeanne Slusher, Jacki Summerson, Lynn Weaver, Dr. Jackie Weissenburger and Susan Winter.

To learn more about the Washburn Women’s Venture Partners contact the Washburn University Foundation at 785.670.4483 or email Julie Olson at



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1729 MacVicar Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604 Phone: 785.670.4483