Women and Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World
August 2010, Jossey-Bass
"Women and Philanthropy provides unique and meaningful
stories of scores of women philanthropists and describes how these
women are making a difference through giving, partnering,
leveraging, role modeling, and asking, and will help all women on
their philanthropic journey, as well as nonprofits who are working
with women as donors."
—Jennifer Buffett, philanthropist and president, Novo Foundation, New York, New York
"Written for every development officer who wants to gain greater
insight into charitable giving by women, this thorough, engaging
book makes a compelling case for the importance of engaging women
as volunteers and as donors."
—John Lippincott, president, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Washington, D.C.
"With in-depth information about the importance of diversity to
women's giving and how the philanthropy of women has and will shape
the future of the nonprofit sector, this critically important book
provides insightful information for donors and nonprofit leaders
—Emmett D. Carson, CEO and president, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mountain View, California
"Sondra, Martha, Buffy and their colleagues have led the way in
examining the role and impact of women in giving, volunteering, and
social involvement. Their latest volume is a must-read not only for
anyone working in the nonprofit sector, but also for any donor,
regardless of gender."
—Paulette V. Maehara, president and CEO, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Alexandria, Virginia
"Women and Philanthropy provides a look at what has been,
but more importantly, provides a road map for what is possible for
women as donor leaders in changing the face of philanthropy."
—Christine Grumm, president and CEO, Women's Funding Network, San Francisco, California
"A wise and exceptional book that breaks essential ground in the
world of philanthropy by delving into the issues specific to
—Charles W. Collier, senior philanthropic advisor, Harvard University, and author, Wealth in Families, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Web Contents ix
About the Authors xxvii
Acknowledging the Differences 1
1 Women Are Not Little Men 3
2 The Power of the Purse 19
The Hows and Whys of Women’s Philanthropy 33
3 From Bag Ladies to Bold Divas: The Media and Changing Stereotypes 35
4 Women’s Giving: The Six Cs Plus Three 43
5 Stages, Styles, and Generations 65
Building Bridges to the Other Half 93
6 Nonprofits’ Future: Gender-Sensitive Development 95
7 Bringing Women to the Table 117
8 Women’s Philanthropy Programs and Giving Circles 133
9 Taught or Caught: Donor Education 155
The Future of Philanthropy 179
10 Bold Women Giving Boldly: New Frontiers of Women’s Philanthropy 181
11 The Age of Women’s Philanthropy 205
Resource A: Focus Group Sample Questions 215
Resource B: The Million Dollar Exercise 217
Resource C: What’s It All About? Money and Me 221
Resource D: Experiences with Philanthropy: Current Giving
Patterns and Family Values 223
Resource E: The Power of the Purse 225
Resource F: Resource Papers 229
Martha A. Taylor is a vice president at the University of Wisconsin Foundation where she established the first women's philanthropy initiative at a public university. She is the cofounder of the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and coauthor of Reinventing Fundraising: Realizing the Potential of Women's Philanthropy.
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz is the communications director at the Association of the Baltimore Area Grantmakers and a founder of the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County. She is the coauthor of A Plan of One's Own: A Woman's Guide to Philanthropy and Growing Philanthropy Through Giving Circles.