Women in Philanthropy–Taking the Wheel

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”—Khalil Gibran

Women have an uncanny ability to see and address the needs of others. But just how profound is that ability? A study in the Denver Post shed light on women in philanthropy and how amazing their generosity truly is.

The following facts are directly from this article, which you can read in full HERE.

  • Women represent…
    • 51 percent of the nation’s PhDs
    • 67 percent of college graduates
    • More than 70 percent of 2012’s valedictorians.
  • Women run more than 10 million businesses with combined annual sales of $1.1 trillion and make 80 percent of consumer buying decisions.
  • 26 percent of working wives make more than their working husbands.
  • Female-headed households are more likely to give to charity than male-headed households, and, at nearly every income level, women donate almost twice as much to charity as men.
  • Women will inherit 70 percent of the $41 trillion in inter-generational wealth transfer expected over the next 40 years.
  •  By 2025, 60 percent of billionaires are expected to be women.
  •  Women now control more than half of the private wealth in the U.S.

These are encouraging statistics, right? Then why is it that out of each dollar granted by U.S. foundations less than 8 cents funds programs for women and girls?

If you want to help change this stat, consider three ways to give back to women right now.

  1. Email us at wfintern@oshkoshareacf.org to discover ways of volunteering your time to improve the lives of women and girls in Winnebago County.
  2. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive daily information about the Women’s Fund and what programs/activities we’re funding and how to get involved.
  3. Donate to the Women’s Fund by doing the following:
  • Clicking our “Donate” button on Facebook
  • Going to www.women.oshkoshareacf.org and clicking the button “Invest in Women”
  • Mailing a check to the Women’s Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation at 230 Ohio Street, Suite 100, Oshkosh WI 54902

“Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.”—Barbara de Angelis

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