Women in Philanthropy
Mission, Vision, and Goals
The mission of Women in Philanthropy (WIP) is to engage and empower a diverse group of women with opportunities to collaborate and support the PA Foundation.
The vision of WIP is to develop a culture of dynamic giving by women to advance the work of the PA Foundation.
- Inspire and mentor a community of women to engage locally and globally in philanthropy through the PA Foundation
- Recognize and empower PA women making a difference in healthcare and their communities
- Support and carry out the mission of the PA Foundation
Financial support of Women in Philanthropy benefits the mission of the PA Foundation.
There are three levels of support available in the Women in Philanthropy network.
|$60 minimum donation
|$250 minimum donation
|$500 minimum donation
Note from Our Chair
Welcome to Women in Philanthropy (WIP)! Our network of over 70 members is entering our third year, and we’re excited to come together in support of our mission to engage and empower a diverse group of women with opportunities to collaborate and support the PA Foundation. In our three years, we have seen tremendous growth in our network and our impact on what it means to be a PA, PA advocate, and friend that gives back. We awarded our first ever scholarship in 2023. As we look to 2024, we will continue to inspire and mentor women to engage locally and globally in philanthropy, recognize and empower PA women making a difference in healthcare and their communities, and support and carry out the mission of the PA Foundation.
We are committed to providing our network with a quarterly newsletter and multiple events hosted at AAPA constituent organization meetings, national conferences, and more to bring our members together for networking opportunities. We are shifting from totally virtual events to hybrid and in-person social and networking events. Please look for events where WIP is hosting a coffee or social gathering and consider joining us in the fun.
We hope you’ll become a part of our WIP network, the “Sisterhood for Good,” and help in our efforts to harness our power to do good work while leading by example and serving as mentors to future leaders.
Deborah A Gerbert, MS, PA
Chair, Women in Philanthropy
Women in Philanthropy Supporters*
Champions – $500+ gift
Champions are dedicated members who embody the spirit of Women in Philanthropy. Champions inspire and mentor women to engage in philanthropy, while simultaneously highlighting female PAs making a difference in healthcare and in their communities.
Champions are volunteers who fundraise for, educate about, and raise awareness of the mission and work of the PA Foundation.
|Agnes M. Compagnone
|Jennifer L Barnett
|P. Michel Statler
Change-Makers – $250-$499 gift
Change-Makers are dedicated supporters who embody the spirit of Women in Philanthropy. Change-Makers inspire and mentor women to engage in philanthropy, while simultaneously highlighting female PAs making a difference in healthcare and in their communities.
|Donna Leigh Shelton, PA-C
|Teresa J. Bigler
Friends** – $60-$249 gift
Friends are dedicated supporters who embody the spirit of Women in Philanthropy. Friends inspire women to engage in philanthropy, while simultaneously highlighting female PAs making a difference in healthcare and in their communities.
Friends are volunteers who fundraise for, educate about, and raise awareness of the mission and work of the PA Foundation.
|Kelly Delaney Hikes
|Jennie Pham Chen
|Theresa C. Phillips
|Jennifer L Myers Combs
|Jo Andrea Hughes
|Diana Mendoza de Saenz
**Purchasing a ticket to the WIP Reception at the AAPA 2024 Conference grants WIP network membership at the Friends level.
Honorary Friends – Contributed to the PA Foundation and WIP initiatives through service
*As of 1/29/24. Champions, Change-Makers, and Friends will be updated on a quarterly basis.
Women in Philanthropy Scholarship
The Women in Philanthropy Scholarship is awarded to PA students who demonstrate a dedication to promoting women’s and/or children’s health locally and globally. Click here to learn more and apply.
Want to support future PAs? Donate today.
For more information on Women in Philanthropy and to get involved, contact Kristina Medlock at [email protected].
Want to volunteer with Women in Philanthropy? Complete the PA Foundation volunteer application and Women in Philanthropy leadership will contact you about specific volunteer opportunities.
2024 Meeting Dates
Women in Philanthropy is shifting to in-person events to better facilitate networking. Upcoming events will be posted here.
News and Articles
April 2021: Virtual Panel on Power of Mentoring Takes Center Stage at Women in Philanthropy Meeting
July 2021: Women in Philanthropy Panel Discussion Centers on Women in the Job Market
September 2021: Taking Care of Business: WIP Highlights PA Entrepreneurs
December 2021: Philanthropy is the Focus at Year-End WIP Meeting
Thank you to our 2023 Women in Philanthropy Reception sponsors