Sunshine Lady Programs
The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc. (WISP, Inc.)
The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc. began as a program of The Sunshine Lady Foundation (SLF) in 1999 and for 8 years provided scholarships to women survivors of intimate partner abuse who were changing their lives through education. In December 2007, Sunshine Lady Founder and President, Doris Buffett announced her intention to endow WISP as its own entity. On July 1, 2008 WISP, Inc. emerged as the Sunshine lady’s “sister” organization with a mission to enhance efforts to end domestic violence by offering access to higher education. Since its inception in 1999 the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program has awarded more than $16 million in scholarships to some 2,000 women across the United States.
The WISP scholarship opportunity is available nationally through local domestic violence agencies to women who have left an abusive domestic situation and who are pursuing an education designed to provide economic independence for themselves and their children.
The Learning By Giving Program
The Learning By Giving Program was the brainchild of Doris Buffett who decided that giving eager, bright and energetic college undergraduates the opportunity to learn about responsible, creative, and effective ways of giving could unleash an army of well equipped young philanthropists. It began in 1999 at Davidson College in NC and was established as an independent non profit corporation through a grant of $5 million in 2010 with a mission to advance the next generation’s understanding of philanthropy by providing the financial, technological, and intellectual tools to experience community impact and to make that knowledge widely accessible through an online forum. From it’s roots at Davidson the program is now offered at 30 colleges and universities.