COVID-19, Generosity and Gender

Giving during the first year of a global pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is a complex crisis that continues to influence nearly every aspect of our lives—philanthropy included. COVID-19, Generosity, and Gender: How Giving Changed During the First Year of a Global Pandemic highlights how broader social and economic forces may have affected the charitable giving of U.S. households, with a focus on gender and marital status.

The report finds that while giving by all household types increased between May 2020 and May 2021, both single women and married/partnered couples gave less to charity compared to before the pandemic and compared to single men.

This trend differs from previous research from WPI and others, which has consistently shown that single women and couples are more likely to give than similarly situated single men.