Philanthropy & Leadership

A philanthropist is an individual who makes an active effort to promote human welfare. Have you ever given of your time, talent, or treasure to help an individual or cause? If so, congratulations! You are a philanthropist. Many people have the misconception that philanthropic acts are reserved for the very wealthy, but most people are surprised to learn how even modest gifts add up during their lifetime. How Much will I Give During My Lifetime is a helpful worksheet to help you estimate your lifetime charitable giving.

Women are increasingly responsible for their personal and family wealth, including charitable giving and philanthropy. At the Women’s Fund, we believe charitable donations should be made in a strategic way to match your goals and values. Take a few minutes to do this brief exercise to see if your charitable giving reflects your values.

Women as Philanthropists

  • Women run more than 10 million businesses with combined annual sales of $1.1 trillion and make 80 percent of consumer buying decisions.
  • 26 percent of working wives make more than their working husbands.
  • Female-headed households are more likely to give to charity than male-headed households, and, at nearly every income level, women donate almost twice as much to charity as men.
  • Women will inherit 70 percent of the $41 trillion in inter-generational wealth transfer expected over the next 40 years.
  • Women now control more than half of the private wealth in the U.S.

Women do have financial power to support causes important to them in a meaningful way.

If you are interested in issues related to women and girls, let the Women’s Fund help you transform your charitable giving into meaningful philanthropy. Contact us to get started.