Women Give

Exploring the relationship between happiness and charitable giving

“What makes us happy?”

This question has been posed for centuries, starting with the ancient Greek philosophers and persisting with today’s celebrities, researchers, and the media. Research has shown a link between life satisfaction and physical and emotional health, which spurs us to identify the things that make us happier and healthier.

WPI sought to understand: does the “joy of giving” lead to a happier life? Women Give 2017 is a step forward in understanding what makes us happy. It delves deeply into the connections between happiness and charitable giving, and looks at this relationship through a gender lens.

Women Give 2017 is the eighth in a series of signature research reports conducted at the Women’s Philanthropy Institute that focus on gender differences in giving to charitable organizations.