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Diverse Philanthropic Constituencies
Good Question Resources on raising money from diverse donor constituencies, including age groups, racial and ethnic groups, LGBT and women.

Gender Differences in Income Can Impact Overall Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article Recently released research on gender differences in giving shows that differences in men's and women's income shape a couple's overall giving and the causes they support.

It’s a Woman’s World
CURRENTS Article The nonprofit sector is a growing and competitive industry that managed $300 billion in philanthropic dollars in 2012 in the United States alone and employed nearly 10 million people. This growth is causing the sector to more closely scrutinize its business practices. CURRENTS examines how certain trends, including the rising role of women in philanthropy and the integration of corporate and social goals, are shaping the future direction of the field and what that means for educational advancement.

Female Philanthropists Take the Lead
Article,  BriefCASE Article Women are taking a predominant role in philanthropy, according to a recent study of the world’s wealthiest individuals.

The Amazing Feats of Super Women Donors
CURRENTS Article An Atlantic Cape Community College women's giving circle founded to help at-risk youth finds creative inspiration in superheros.

Are Men More Generous than Women?
CURRENTS Article A new study indicates women are more susceptible to social pressures to give.

Establishing a Women's Philanthropy Initiative on Campus
Podcast Hear Kathleen Loehr from Orr Associates Inc. share examples of women's fundraising efforts, and learn what makes them successful. Also, discover the best strategy for engaging with female donors.

Overcoming Myths about Women's Philanthropy
Article,  BriefCASE Article Using research to debunk several persistent myths about women's philanthropy, a CASE faculty member encourages educational institutions to proactively develop effective strategies to reach female donors.

Older Women Give Nearly 90 Percent More than Male Peers
Article,  BriefCASE Article New research indicates that women of the baby boomer and older generations are more likely to give and to give more to charities than their male counterparts.

Women Drive Philanthropic Decisions in Wealthy Households
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new study reveals that women are either the sole decision maker or an equal partner in decisions about charitable giving in nearly 90 percent of high net worth households.

Women More Likely to Give and to Give More than Men
Article,  BriefCASE Article New research shows that women at virtually every income level are more likely to give to charity and to give more money on average than their male counterparts.

Women More Likely to Give to Education, Other Causes than Men
Article,  BriefCASE Article Women are significantly more likely than men to give to almost every type of charitable cause and are equally likely to support the rest, according to new research from the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

The Bag Lady Syndrome: Myth or Reality?
Article,  BriefCASE Article Most fundraisers are familiar with the stereotype of "the bag lady," a woman of means who is so fearful of losing her money she lives like a pauper. This stereotype lurks beneath the surface of many interactions with would-be female philanthropists and the fundraisers who would like to inspire gifts from them.

A “Perfect Storm” Brewing for Women’s Philanthropy
Article,  BriefCASE Article Developments that accelerated after the 1960s—an increase in business owners who are women, more women in positions of power, longer life expectancies and increasing income and education—have created a powerful, though often overlooked, demographic in educational fundraising.

A Gift of Her Own
CURRENTS Article This article makes the case for cultivating women donors as a constituency, both for major gifts and for the annual fund.

Power of Women Donors Grows
Article,  BriefCASE Article More women control more wealth in the United States than ever before, and unlike their predecessors, they are more likely to support causes supporting women and girls.

Women Across Generations Approach Giving Differently
Article,  BriefCASE Article As women become an increasingly potent force in philanthropy, understanding the different views each generation has about giving is vital, said Marjorie Houston, executive director of development at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

Raising Her Sights
CURRENTS Article Fundraisers who work primarily with female constituencies describe the techniques that work best with women donors.

Closing Remarks: He Gave, She Gave
CURRENTS Article There have always been women philanthropists. Nowadays there are more of them, with more wealth. The author challenges the assumptions and sheds light on what the real differences are between female donors and male donors, and among women philanthropists.

Motive Operandi
CURRENTS Article Author Cindy Sterling conducted research concerning gender differences in planned giving at small liberal arts colleges in the Northeast. Among other things, Sterling quantifies the amounts and types of planned gifts women and men make, explains why women made their giving choices, and suggests strategies planned giving officers can use to strengthen their solicitation efforts. A sidebar identifies key planned giving terms with which all development officers should be familiar.

AdvanceWork: A Nurturing Nature
CURRENTS Article Women are inclined to take care of those they love--a reality Lynne Marie Kohm says planned giving officers should bear in mind as they cultivate female planned giving prospects. Kohm, a law professor at Regent University, is author of the recently published planned giving primer, “Estate Planning Success for Women.”

Pulling Their Own Purse Strings
CURRENTS Article Over the last decade, women have made significant strides in accumulating their own wealth. As they’ve learned more about finance, they’ve become more confident in their ability to make decisions, including decisions about philanthropy. Advancement officers can better court women by understanding their attitudes and knowledge about wealth.

The Hidden Philanthropists
CURRENTS Article Realize the full potential of women's giving with gender-sensitive cultivation and solicitation strategies