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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Report: Women's Philanthropy on the Rise!

The Women's Funding Network and the Foundation Center released a new report on Monday, June 22 called Accelerating Change for Women and Girls: The Role of Women's Funds. The report discusses trends in philanthropy for and by women. Read a short excerpt from the executive summary below:

    The report finds that in recent years funding for women and girls by the broader foundation community has grown at a faster rate than foundation giving on the whole, although as a share of overall foundation giving, it has remained below 7.5 percent for over a decade-and-a-half. Giving by women’s funds in particular has grown even more rapidly.
    What this suggests is that funders are becoming increasingly aware of the potential for accelerating social change by investing in women and women-led organizations. Nevertheless, the relatively small share of foundation funding focused on women and girls indicates that this awareness could be further strengthened.

Although the report clearly states that women have been making an impact in and through the world of philanthropy, we all know, our work is far from over. Click here to read the full executive summary and order a hard copy of the full report. Thank you to all of our member funds who participated in the research for the report.

Check out press coverage of the report here, here and here.

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