Sondra Shaw Hardy, J.D., Founder

As co-founder of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University Sondra was a premiere figure in the origins of the modern day women’s philanthropy movement. She is also been called the “godmother” of women’s giving circles, Sondra is credited with starting one of the first women’s giving circles in the US. Since then, she has helped to establish scores of circles throughout the US and has written/co-authored six books on women’s philanthropy, young people’s giving circles, and collective giving. Founding WGCI in 2018, her work is now dedicated to carrying forth internationally and the success of US giving circles and women’s philanthropy. Sondra is an advisor with the recently launched Global Giving Circles research project to determine the state of giving circles around the world.


Carmen J. Stevens, Executive Director

Carmen joined WGCI as its Executive Director in 2019 bringing with her over 25 years of experience within the field of philanthropy in both the public and private sectors. Her career has included leadership positions in advancement, corporate social responsibility, wealth management and communications. As a finance executive with oversight of global giving, to an advisor for individuals and families of high net worth, to the owner of a philanthropic consultancy, Carmen has generated and leveraged funding for social change for over two decades, including the creation of one of the first women’s giving circles in the US.


Preeti Gill

Preeti Gill is a professional researcher of philanthropic people and trends, with a focus on elevating female donors in major gift fundraising. She has worked in a wide range of non-profit environments including education, the community foundation movement, health care and social services. At DiversityDrivenData.Blog, she offers resources and stories to highlight the rich diversity in modern philanthropy. Preeti is committed to growing giving circles in her home country Canada and around the world, through awareness building and active practice.