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ItemAll in for Women & Girls: How women’s fund and foundation donors are leading through philanthropy(2019-07-23) Dale, Elizabeth J.; Watkins, Betsy; Mesch, Debra; Osili, Una; Bergdoll, Jonathan; Pactor, Andrea; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Skidmore, TessaTo date, studies of women’s funds and foundations have been qualitative in nature, and have studied the organizations more than their donors. This study examines, in a comprehensive and quantitative manner, the impact of women’s fund and foundation donors on women’s and girls’ causes. Previous research has shed light on women’s funds and foundations, on giving to women and girls, and on the impact of high-net-worth donors. This report addresses the intersection of these three factors to ask: What unique role do high-net-worth donors to women’s funds and foundations play in catalyzing support for women’s and girls’ causes? ItemCharitable Crowdfunding: Who Gives, to What, and Why?(2021-03-31) Osili, Una; Bergdoll, Jon; Pactor, Andrea; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Houston, PeterThe growth of online giving signals a promising future for crowdfunding and offers donors another avenue for their generosity. This report provides details about how crowdfunding fits within the philanthropic landscape, who crowdfunding donors are, their motivations for using this giving vehicle, how they differ from typical charitable donors, the kinds of causes they support, and both donor and non-donor perceptions of this giving vehicle. Additionally, results from survey questions about charitable behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic and national reckoning on social and racial justice enhance the report. ItemCharitable Giving Around the 2016 Election: Does Gender Matter?(2018-10-09) Osili, Una; Mesch, Debra; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Pactor, Andrea; Bergdoll, JonathanThis study aims to provide insights on donations during the unique time period around the 2016 U.S. presidential election, using gift data from an online donation platform. Did giving to charitable organizations increase after the election? What causes benefited from post-election philanthropy? This study also seeks to understand whether there were gender differences in giving around the 2016 U.S. presidential election. ItemCOVID-19, Generosity, and Gender: How Giving Changed During the Early Months of a Global Pandemic(2020-09-01) Mesch, Debra; Osili, Una; Skidmore, Tessa; Bergdoll, Jon; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Sager, JeannieThe spring of 2020 was marked by disruptions to society on a level many Americans had never experienced. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) had a devastating human toll, infecting more than 1.7 million individuals and resulting in more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S. through May 2020. Beyond examining whether and how much households contributed, the report explores the types of philanthropy in which they participated and how their charitable giving changed. The study also pinpoints the effect of specific elements of the crisis on their giving. Finally, to provide a more nuanced picture of philanthropic responses to the pandemic, the report highlights differences across household types, with a particular focus on gender and marital status. ItemCOVID-19, Generosity, and Gender: How Giving Changed During the First Year of a Global Pandemic(2021-11-16) Skidmore, Tessa; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Bergdoll, Jon; Osili, Una; Sager, JeannieWhile other research has been conducted on charitable giving during the pandemic, as well as challenges for women during this time, this report focuses on the intersection of COVID-19, gender, and philanthropy. This study has implications for nonproft organizations and fundraisers as they continue to adjust to the new dynamics of their work, and for donors as they choose where and how to give, especially those prioritizing gender equity and racial and social justice given the events of the past year and a half. As society’s views of and responses to the pandemic have shifted, so, too, has charitable giving and the role of women in families and society. This report provides an update on the research one year later to understand how women and men are giving in the second year of the COVID-19 crisis. ItemDo Women Give More? Findings from Three Unique Data Sets on Charitable Giving(2015-09) Mesch, Debra; Osili, Una; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Dale, ElizabethThis study seeks to explore gender differences in the incidence and amount of charitable giving. We analyze data from three unique data sets: the Philanthropy Panel Study, the Bank of America/U.S. Trust Studies of High Net Worth Philanthropy, and the Million Dollar List to investigate the intra-household factors of income and education on charitable giving overall, and to religious and secular causes. We confirm prior studies finding that single women have a higher likelihood of giving and give a higher average dollar amount than single men, but find no gender differences among high net worth single men and women. Being married increases the likelihood and amount of charitable giving for both men and women. Within married couples, differences in the husbands’ or wives; earned and unearned income influences the likelihood and amount of giving along with where charitable giving is directed. This study uses new waves of data to examine previous, sometimes conflicting findings about gender differences in philanthropy in order to provide a more nuanced view of how women and men give. ItemEconomic Effects on Million Dollar Giving(2014-12) Osili, Una; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Li, YannanThis study investigates the impact of economic factors on the number of charitable gifts of one million dollars or more within the United States using the Million Dollar List dataset. We investigate key donor groups: individuals, corporations, and foundations. Results indicate that individual donors are particularly responsive to underlying economic conditions; giving by foundations tends to be counter-cyclical, and corporate giving is not significantly associated with macroeconomic factors. We also find that economic conditions vary in their influence on giving to subsectors, and gifts to public benefit and human services organizations increase significantly during periods of recession. Findings from our study have direct implications for philanthropists, fundraisers, and policy makes as they seek to understand how economic conditions impact large gifts. ItemEncouraging Giving to Women's and Girls' Causes: The Role of Social Norms(2018-12-11) Mesch, Debra; Dwyer, Patrick; Sherrin, Steven; Osili, Una; Bergdoll, Jonathan; Pactor, Andrea; Ackerman, JacquelineUsing an experimental methodology, the study investigates how social norms can directly influence giving to women’s and girls’ causes. It also examines whether social norms may have differing impacts for men and women. These findings can help nonprofits and fundraising professionals apply a social norms approach to encourage giving. ItemGender and Crowdfunding(2021-09-01) Mesch, Debra; Osili, Una; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Bergdoll, Jon; Skidmore, Tessa; Sager, JeannieIn an atmosphere of uncertainty and unprecedented need, this report focuses on women’s crowdfunding contributions as a key giving vehicle. Prior research has shown that, broadly speaking, women are more generous than men. Nontraditional forms of generosity such as crowdfunding also tend to appeal to women donors. This study focuses on the gender dynamics of crowdfunding donors. ItemGender Differences in #GivingTuesday Participation(2017-12-12) Osili, Una; Mesch, Debra; Preston, Linh; Okten, Cagla; Bergdoll, Jonathan; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Pactor, AndreaUnderstanding the role gender plays in philanthropy empowers organizations to engage their donors most effectively and increase their giving. This is true throughout the year and particularly on #GivingTuesday, a day designated to maximize philanthropic giving. Since it began in 2012, #GivingTuesday has grown significantly in participation numbers and total dollars donated. #GivingTuesday, celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, provides a unique opportunity for nonprofit organizations to incorporate nontraditional fundraising methods into their efforts and to engage with donors online. For nonprofit leaders and fundraisers, a successful #GivingTuesday requires understanding how and where donors tend to give.