Writing and Musings

Introducing the first index to measure charitable giving to women and girls
October 3, 2019
LinkedIn, Andrea Pactor
Let’s continue to show our friends, neighbors and colleagues why elevating women and girls is one of the smartest investments we can make.

The Story Behind WPI’s New Women & Girls Index
October 3, 2019
LinkedIn, Tessa Skidmore
There is no master list of nonprofits dedicated to this population and these organizations don’t have their own nonprofit subsector—which is why WPI created the Women & Girls Index.

How women’s funds and foundations cultivate exceptional donor communities
July 23, 2019
LinkedIn, Andrea Pactor
Women’s foundations and funds have cultivated powerful, generous and engaged communities of donors — the kind of donors all organizations seek to attract.

Hands-On Philanthropy: A Radical Approach?
July 9, 2019
GivingCompass, Andrea Pactor
While some philanthropists concentrate on systems change and big ideas, Doris Buffett has one big idea to provide a helping hand to people in need, one individual at a time.

Reflecting on the 2019 Greater Giving Summit
March 19, 2019
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Blog, Jacqueline Ackerman
This year’s Greater Giving Summit brought together more than 170 members of the global philanthropy community—both grantees like WPI and other partners—with three big goals in mind.

New landscape scan finds more commonalities than differences
May 14, 2019
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Blog, Tessa Skidmore
Elizabeth Gillespie chose to research women’s foundations and funds in part to learn why only 7 percent of foundation funding goes to women and girls. Here's what she found out.

White men shouldn’t be the only philanthropists you can name
May 9, 2019
LinkedIn, Jacqueline Ackerman
Highlighting women’s philanthropy, especially giving by women in diverse communities, can change the perception of who is a philanthropist.

Assessing philanthropic pathways in diverse communities
April 2, 2019
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Blog, Kim Williams-Pulfer, Ph.D.
Philanthropic research that explores the interests of diverse communities has a real opportunity to utilize both quantitative data, metrics, and analysis along with insights, processes, and knowledge.

Who Is A Philanthropist?
March 19, 2019
LinkedIn, Andrea Pactor
When you think about the word “philanthropist,” whom do you picture?

Women’s motivations for charitable giving: Constant or changing over 30 years?
February 21, 2019
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Blog, Andrea Pactor
Have women’s motivations for giving changed over time? Do the practice of women’s philanthropy and the research about gender and philanthropy converge?

How social psychology informs research on social norms and giving to women’s and girls’ causes
December 12, 2018
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Blog, Abby Rolland
Social psychological perspectives on norms and behaviors provided new insights when researchers analyzed giving to women’s and girls’ causes, with some surprising results.

How Fundraisers Can Use a Social Norms Approach to Increase Giving
December 11, 2018
Blackbaud's npENGAGE, Andrea Pactor
While charitable giving is often perceived as a highly personal experience, it’s critical for fundraisers to understand how much social influence plays into donations.

What’s Trending In Women’s Philanthropy?
December 11, 2018
GivingCompass, Andrea Pactor
Women’s philanthropy is not a trend – it is growing and is here to stay. What we are seeing, though, is that more women are advancing their work in philanthropy in powerful ways. Here’s how.

New research shows how Giving Circle members are changing
November 13, 2018
LinkedIn, Andrea Pactor
As this women-driven philanthropic model continues to mature and grow, it is important for us to understand who is joining giving circles and how membership influences their overall approach to giving.

What Fundraisers Need to Know About How Women and Men Give During Retirement
August 29, 2018
Blackbaud's npENGAGE, Andrea Pactor
What do nonprofit fundraisers need to know about how the growing Baby Boomer population approaches charitable giving during retirement?

Women drive philanthropy, especially on #GivingTuesday
December 14, 2017
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Blog, Jacqueline Ackerman
Given women’s higher participation levels in #GivingTuesday, nonprofits must understand gender differences in giving habits and how to maximize giving by both men and women.

Women Give 2017: Giving makes us happy
October 17, 2017
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Blog, Abby Rolland
A research study seeks to not only understand the query, ‘does the joy of giving lead to a happier life?’ but also the question ‘does the joy of giving affect all individuals and households equally?’

The One-Size Fits All Donor Model Is So Last Century
April 7, 2016
Blackbaud's npENGAGE, Una Osili
As the U.S. population becomes even more diverse, fundraisers have an unparalleled opportunity to employ strategies that engage new audiences, bring new voices to the table, and enrich the nonprofit sector with new talent and leadership.

The Gender Gap in Charitable Giving
February 1, 2016
Wall Street Journal, Debra Mesch
Many nonprofits have never tailored fundraising efforts to reach women. Here, in black and white, are a few reasons why they should.