New and emerging private foundations, particularly small family foundations, arestepping into areas that larger foundations are leaving, such as sexual and reproduc-tive rights. And with the coming intergenerational transfer of wealth of up to $40 tril-lion, women will inherit considerable assets, and more women than ever before will bein a position to make major gifts.Making the case for gender-based giving in the context of the UN MillenniumDevelopment Goals, guest speaker
) said women and girls were the “key to engagement if you’re serious aboutreaching global equity in the economic and healthgoals.”Bruce noted, however, that strategic intervention between the ages of 10 and 14 was critical toassuring that the rights of young women aroundthe world were not irremediably lost. Without tai-lored strategies and exceptional persistence, gov-ernment programs typically don’t reach this group,and may even make the situation worse for womenand girls, she said.Participants made the case that whether as indi-vidual donors or as leaders of philanthropic organ-izations, women increasingly are a force to be reck-oned with, especially when it comes to fundingand empowering the most marginalized membersof societies across the globe.As an example of the growing influence of womenin the philanthropic arena,
Helen LaKelly Hunt
, amember of the Global Philanthropists Circle andfounder of the
),pointed to the emergence of women’s funds,financed largely by women, for women and girls.She noted that in traditional philanthropy, 39% offunding goes to the most marginalized popula-tions; in the case of funds disbursed by the 120women’s funds that have sprung up across theglobe, more than 80% of funding goes to peoplewith the greatest needs.“It’s time for women to reflect on their giving. Forthe first time, women are funding women. Weought to do it in a big and bold way,” said Hunt.
, President and CEO of
), anotherspeaker and facilitator, observed that women havethe “motivation and means” for giving as never before, and that opportunities for information and
Some Resources on Women in Philanthropy
African Women’s Development Fund
Provides small loans to support local, national and international initiatives fortransformation led by African women in 40 African countries.
Association for Women’s Rights in Development
Connects, informs and mobilizes people and organizations committed toachieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rightswith the goal of initiating policy, institutional and individual change that willimprove the lives of women and girls everywhere.
Global Fund for Women
Advocates for and defends women’s human rights by making grants to supportwomen’s groups around the world.
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Advocates for the philanthropic community to provide nonprofit organizationswith essential resources and opportunities to work toward social and economic justice for disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations and communities.
www.popcouncil.orgConducts research worldwide to improve policies, programs, and products inthree areas: HIV and AIDS; poverty, gender, and youth; and reproductivehealth.
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Helps donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world byproviding donors with research and counsel on charitable giving, developingphilanthropy programs, and offering complete program, administrative andmanagement services for foundations and trusts.
Supports spiritual women and their organizations, grassroots activists for jus-tice, and national and international social change agents.