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Women and Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World

Women and Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World

Sondra Shaw-Hardy, Martha A. Taylor, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Debra Mesch (Foreword by), Andrea Pactor (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-470-46066-5

Sep 2010, Jossey-Bass

304 pages

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Praise for Women and Philanthropy

"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 alike."
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 women."
Charles W. Collier, senior philanthropic advisor, Harvard University, and author, Wealth in Families, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Web Contents ix

Foreword xiii

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xxiii

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

Notes 231

Index 247