Announcing the Inaugural HERS Giving Day March 22, 2024

In honor of the birthday of Dr. Lilli S. Hornig (1921-2017), renowned scientist and the first Executive Director of HERS.

Lilli S. Hornig, Ph.D.

It’s fitting that Dr. Hornig’s birthday falls during Women’s History Month. Lilli S. Hornig, Ph.D., a prominent scientist recently featured in the film Oppenheimer, served as the first Executive Director of HERS in 1972, a time, Hornig noted, when “there were virtually no women among tenured faculty and top administrators at major universities; [and] women held barely one-fifth of all academic appointments” (Hornig, 1978. Grant Magazine).

After the war, Hornig became a fierce advocate for women in higher education and was instrumental in the founding of HERS. She was also the first director of the Committee on the Education and Employment of Women in Science and Engineering at the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Hornig’s legacy continues to transform the lives and careers of women and gender-diverse leaders in higher education today. Join us on HERS Giving Day, March 22nd, and help us achieve our goal of securing 103 gifts to celebrate Dr. Hornig’s 103rd birthday. All funds raised will directly support HERS’s work to prepare and empower our community of bold leaders.

Ready to make your gift today? 

Contributions of any amount make a difference and will count toward our goal of securing 103 gifts in honor of Dr. Hornig’s birthday.

If you have questions, please contact us: or (303) 871-6866.

Donate Online or by Check

Please make checks payable to HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) and send them securely to our address.

HERS (Higher Education Resource Services)
The Chambers Center
1901 E. Asbury Ave., Suite 220
Denver, CO 80208

Outright Gifts

Gifts of appreciated securities (stocks and/or bonds), IRA distributions (such as the required minimum distribution (RMD)) may be gifted to HERS with tax benefits for you.

Sustaining Support

Become a sustaining HERS legacy donor by contributing $25/month for one year or more.

We will let you know when you hit your one-year mark and with your permission, you’ll be recognized in our quarterly newsletter.

Sponsor a HERS Leadership Institute Participant

You can support the advancement of one or more women to attend HERS signature leadership program. For additional information regarding sponsorship donation opportunities, please contact

Tribute and memorial giving

Honor your HLI cohort, HERS colleagues, and/or memorialize friends or family by making a gift to HERS.  Please include their name(s) on the online donation form or write their name(s) on the memo line of your check.

As an alumna, make a gift in honor of your cohort by writing in your graduation year and location.

Planned Gifts

Planned Gifts are documented gifts that are promised in the future. The most common types of planned gifts include bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, life insurance, real estate, and retirement plan assets. Contact a member of the HERS team to get started.

Matching Gifts

You and your family members may be able to double the impact of your donation through a matching gift program. Many organizations match donations made by their current and retired employees to nonprofits. Your organization’s charitable arm, HR office and/or plan administrator are typically the best place to find forms and specific requirements.

HERS Federal Tax ID: 83-0395730