Skip to main content

Women and Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World



Women and Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World


Women & Philanthropy

Women's philanthropy has led the way in virtually reinventing the world of fundraising and ways of giving. When women make a gift, are in a leadership position, or volunteer their time to a nonprofit or charitable organization, they tend to base their efforts on solid principles such as compassion, values, vision, and responsibility.

Women are increasingly engaged in giving circles, global giving, transformative gifts, entrepreneurial giving, faith-based giving, family and couple giving, and social change gifts. Based on extensive interviews and the authors' combined half century of experience, Women and Philanthropy shares new ways to better engage women in giving, as well as insights into developing women leaders in the nonprofit arena, and advises women seeking to develop as philanthropic leaders and shape the future for the better.

Women and Philanthropy explores women's philanthropic endeavors, offering a wealth of information on key topics such as how and why women give, what it takes to develop a gender-sensitive fundraising program, how to develop a strategic plan to involve women as leaders and donors, and suggestions for working with women of wealth.

Web Contents ix

Foreword xiii

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xxiii

About the Authors xxvii

PART ONE Acknowledging the Differences 1

1 Women Are Not Little Men 3

2 The Power of the Purse 19

PART TWO 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

PART THREE 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

PART FOUR 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