Women's Philanthropy Institute

Women's Philanthropy Institute

Recent Submissions

  • Mesch, Debra; Osili, Una; Skidmore, Tessa; Bergdoll, Jonathan; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Pactor, Andrea (2019-10-03)
    Partially due to the absence of a technical definition of giving to women and girls—such as a formal subsector classification—this area of philanthropy has not been rigorously studied. Therefore, it has not been possible ...
  • Unknown author (2019-10-03)
  • Dale, Elizabeth J.; Watkins, Betsy; Mesch, Debra; Osili, Una; Bergdoll, Jonathan; Pactor, Andrea; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Skidmore, Tessa (2019-07-23)
    To 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 ...
  • Unknown author (2019-07-23)
  • Gillespie, Elizabeth M. (2019-05-14)
    Women’s foundations and funds are a powerful force in philanthropy dedicated to women and girls. Research has shown that women are broadly philanthropic, and often have a keen interest in giving to women’s and girls’ ...
  • Gillespie, Elizabeth M. (2019-05-14)
    This research is a landscape scan of all women’s foundations and funds in the U.S. Women’s foundations and funds, which expressly award grants to programs and organizations benefiting women, have grown in number over the ...
  • Unknown author (2019-05-14)
    Women's foundations and funds have been pioneers in grant-making to women and girls. Giving from these organizations is substantial and helps create meaningful change in communities. New research reveals patterns across ...
  • Mesch, Debra; Osili, Una; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Bergdoll, Jonathan; Williams-Pulfer, Kim; Pactor, Andrea; Thayer, Amy (2019-03-19)
    In Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute seeks to understand how generosity links women across racial lines. While some research has examined race and charitable ...
  • Unknown author (2019-03-19)
  • Mesch, Debra; Dwyer, Patrick; Sherrin, Steven; Osili, Una; Bergdoll, Jonathan; Pactor, Andrea; Ackerman, Jacqueline (2018-12-11)
    Using 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. ...
  • Unknown author (2018-11-15)
    Giving circles in the United States tripled in number from 2007-2017, with women making up the majority of members. How is this women-driven model of giving influencing charitable behavior? And how are the profiles of ...
  • Unknown author (2018-11-13)
    Giving circles have received attention from community foundations and other public funders for their capacity to reach a broad range of donors, flexible and authentic appeal for donor engagement, and democratic approach ...
  • Bearman, Jessica; Franklin, Jason (2018-11-13)
    This study provides an in-depth exploration of giving circle hosting. Findings are based on survey data from 86 organizations, two-thirds (57) of which host one or more giving circles. The study also benefts from nine ...
  • Carboni, Julia; Eikenberry, Angela (2018-11-13)
    The number of giving circles in the U.S. has tripled in the last decade. Giving circles are now located in every state in the U.S., and engage people from a wide variety of racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, gender ...
  • Osili, Una; Mesch, Debra; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Pactor, Andrea; Bergdoll, Jonathan (2018-10-09)
    This 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 ...
  • Osili, Una; Mesch, Debra; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Pactor, Andrea; Han, Xiao; O'Connor, Heather (2018-07-24)
    This study is the first known research to examine how retirement affects charitable giving. It looks at single men, single women, and married couples to analyze whether gender differences in giving or volunteering emerge ...
  • Unknown author (2018-07-24)
    With an unprecedented number of people retiring in the United States today, it is important for the philanthropic sector to understand how retirement affects charitable giving. This study is the first known scholarly ...
  • Osili, Una; Mesch, Debra; Ackerman, Jacqueline; Bergdoll, Jonathan; Preston, Linh; Pactor, Andrea (2018-05-22)
    The term impact investing evokes widespread interest, but few people have a deep understanding of the topic, and even fewer practice impact investing. What is impact investing? Who uses this investment strategy, and what ...

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