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New Research on Women’s Foundations and Funds

A new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI), Women’s Foundations and Funds: A Landscape Study, offers key insights about the organizational characteristics and funding priorities of these groups. The following excerpts from the executive summary present the report’s major findings.

Organizational Characteristics

The women’s foundations and funds included in this study all focus on funding women and girls, and they provide grants to organizations and programs rather than individuals. But these organizations are incredibly diverse in other key ways:


How Gender, Race, and Ethnicity Affect Charitable Giving

Do race and ethnicity affect women’s giving? A new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute provides insight into this question.


How Social Norms Affect Giving to Women’s and Girls’ Causes

From wearing pink to hosting parties or posting on social media, people everywhere are celebrating #InternationalWomensDay. Social movements like this can inspire people to give to related causes and increase charitable contributions to them. A recent report by the Woman’s Philanthropy Institute presents insights into how the giving behaviors of others, as defined by social norms, influence donation behavior, focusing on the particular challenges that women-focused organizations face in courting male donors.


Did the 2016 Presidential Election Affect Charitable Giving?

After the 2016 presidential election, news outlets reported that donations to charities associated with liberal causes had increased. Pundits termed these contributions “rage giving” and hypothesized they were a direct response to Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. Yesterday, the Woman’s Philanthropy Institute published a new report exploring this and other issues related to philanthropy immediately before and after the election.


Men and Women Really Are Different. At Least When It Comes to Charitable Giving Around Retirement.

Did you know ...

  • Although most households reduce spending after retirement, their level of charitable giving tends to remain the same?
  • Single women and married couples are more likely to give than single men, and to give more, before and after retirement?

  Your Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar has a new Demographics section.