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Women of Auburn University, have you ever wondered how to become financially and philanthropically responsible in this unstable economy? The College of Human Sciences’ Women’s Philanthropy Board, WPB, is here to show you how.

Ladies, you may be asking yourselves, what is philanthropy? What does it mean? According to the Greeks, philanthropy literally means “love of mankind.” To the WPB, “philanthropy is the voluntary sharing of one’s personal and financial resources to enhance human well-being and bring about positive social change.”

The main objective of the WPB is to teach young women how to be independent, strong, financially stable leaders within their community. This is especially important for the young women of today to learn because of the unstable economy we are living in.

“It is important for Auburn students to learn to maximize their philanthropic footprint,” said Sidney James Nakhjavan, Director of the WPB.

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The WPB is aware, and the young women of Auburn University should be too, that “women in the United States are in an unprecedented position of wealth and economic power,” according to the WPB Web site. Women have the ability to make their mark on this world through their philanthropic endeavors and the WPB can teach Auburn students how to do just that through its mentoring and educational programs.

It is important to note that the WPB is not only open to students of the College of Human Sciences. It is open to any student that wishes to make a mark on this world and affect the lives of other people.

According to the WPB Web site, “as a WPB Mentee you will have the opportunity to attend the Women’s Philanthropy Board’s educational programs and learn first-hand from high-profile, national level speakers.”

Students will be learning outside the classroom, in the real world. They will be learning from real women in their community and hear real life success stories, which is more exciting then reading about them in a big textbook.

The WPB wants students to “learn and follow the example of [other successful women.]” said Nakhjavan.

The WPB is holding its Fall Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 at 12 p.m. at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The event will feature Kirsty Conventry, an Olympic gold medalist in swimming.

For more information on the Women’s Philanthropy Board, how to become a member and how to get tickets to the Fall Luncheon, please visit its Web site at

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