Women’s Philanthropy Institute Releases New Report on Women’s Philanthropy

Women’s foundations and funds are a powerful and pioneering force dedicated to women and girls. Giving from these organizations is substantial, but aside from a 2009 landscape report from the Foundation Center and Women’s Funding Network, our understanding of women’s foundations and funds is quite limited. The Women’s Philanthropy Institute has released a new report that helps fill this knowledge gap, providing a thorough analysis of more than 200 women’s foundations and funds. Women’s Foundations and Funds: A Landscape Study demonstrates the importance of these organizations in creating positive change for the broader community by investing in women and girls.

Key findings include:

  • Most women’s foundations and funds (76 percent) fund nonprofits in their local communities, reflecting the idea that women’s foundations and funds connect the well-being and success of women to the well-being and success of their communities.
  • While women’s foundations and funds primarily exist for the purpose of grant-making, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of these organizations also engage in other activities to support their mission, such as hosting events, conducting research and participating in advocacy on behalf of women and girls.
  • Education initiatives receive the most funding from women’s foundations and funds. Other funding priorities include economic empowerment, security, and self-sufficiency.

Source: Women’s Philanthropy Institute

Note that Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is one of the 20% who give their members a voice, and a vote, in choosing our donors.

The report explores patterns across more than 200 women’s foundations and funds, demonstrating the importance of these organizations in creating positive change for the broader community by investing in women and girls.

Use these links to see the Women’s Foundations and Funds: A Landscape Study Report:

Download the full report

Download the Executive Summary

View an Infographic of the findings