“The nonprofit community anticipates the release of the annual Women Give report,” said Jane Justis, The Leighty Foundation Board chair. Since 2010, WPI’s research has contributed to a deeper understanding of gender differences in giving through the Women Give series. Empirical evidence finds that gender differences in philanthropy are indeed real.
The Women's Philanthropy Institute has provided new and powerful information in the present and GROWING importance of women in philanthropy. The implications of the research are telling: Women are MAJOR forces in philanthropy, nationally and internationally.Charles Desmond, former chair of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
Research demonstrates that gender differences occur in motivations; giving and volunteering; household charitable decision-making; and networks among other areas. For example:
- Women are more likely than men to give to charity. Women are more likely to give and give more to every charitable subsector with a few exceptions.
- Women are more likely to volunteer and volunteer more hours than men.
- Marriage makes men more likely to give to charity and give higher amounts.
WPI research goals
- To advance women’s philanthropy through original research by addressing significant and ground-breaking research questions
- To translate research into increased understanding and improvements in practice
Investing in emerging scholars
The goals of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship are to increase research and understanding of gender and philanthropy; to contribute to build the field of study about gender and philanthropy; and to encourage emerging scholars. The fellowship supports a scholar whose primary research focus is in the area of women’s philanthropy or gender differences in philanthropic behavior and giving.Meet the WPI Doctoral Dissertation Fellows