Women

Gates Foundation: Empowering Women Is Key to Fighting Poverty
February 16, 2017 at 8:30 am

In 2006, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet donated $31 billion in company stock to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a way of outlining just what the Gates family did with the "single biggest gift anyone ever gave anybody for anything," the couple have penned a lengthy report. The big takeaway is that the most…

Joe, Jill Biden Launch Biden Foundation
February 2, 2017 at 9:51 am

Joe and Jill Biden launched The Biden Foundation on Wednesday, telling supporters in a video that "as long as he has a breath in it," the former vice president will be working on issues that matter to him. The foundation is an effort to further the work the Bidens did over eight years in the…

GOP to Defund Planned Parenthood in Obamacare Repeal
January 6, 2017 at 10:37 am

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that Republicans would slash federal dollars for Planned Parenthood as part of the GOP effort to repeal the health care law. Ryan spoke a day after a special House panel issued a report criticizing the organization, which provides birth control, abortions and various women's health services, for its practices…

Rebranding Philanthropy: How Millennial Women Are Disrupting Giving Back
December 29, 2016 at 9:05 am

Figuring out how to stay relevant in this new philanthropic landscape is a challenge, especially for millennials. “Big bets” and formal giving plans are great if your name is Ford or MacArthur, but that doesn’t mean that women donors large and small should shy away from giving to causes they’re passionate about. In fact, women…

How Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin Created a New Model for Philanthropic Funding
December 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

In June 2016, Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin announced that she’d be stepping down after more than a decade of leadership. She's planning on staying until a successor is named, but finding someone with the right résumé might be tricky: The philanthropic agency she leaves behind barely resembles the one she once took over—or how…

Fundraising While Female
November 3, 2016 at 9:03 am

I founded Resonate when I was 26, and I have spent the last three years slowly building up my confidence in funder meetings. It took me a while to get comfortable enough to truly spend the first part of a meeting connecting with and getting to know the person I was sitting across from. I…

Trends in Philanthropy: Giving to Women, Girls and Why It Matters
July 28, 2016 at 11:43 am

Sara Blakely, founder and CEO of Spanx, proclaimed in her Giving Pledge letter, "I am committed to the belief that we would all be in a much better place if half the human race (women) were empowered to prosper, invent, be educated, start their own businesses, run for office—essentially be given the chance to soar!…

Cookie Controversy: Girl Scouts Yet to See $65K Oscars Donation
March 15, 2016 at 9:37 am

Other than Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning an Oscar, the most talked-about moment at last month's 88th Academy Awards was Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA), with host Chris Rock as pitchman, raising $65,243 through cookie sales to hungry A-list celebrities at the event. But it's been more than two weeks since the awards ceremony, and GSGLA still hasn't received the funds. Oh, and up until Friday, no one even knew where the money was...

Wellesley College Receives $50 Million Gift
October 27, 2015 at 10:40 am

Wellesley College in Massachusetts has announced a $50 million gift from two alumnae who wish to remain anonymous in support of a campus-wide initiative aimed at creating greater opportunity for women and empowering the next generation of women leaders. The gift launches a $500 million fundraising campaign—the largest ever undertaken by a women's college—and will…

Women Are a Force in Philanthropy
August 14, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Finally the data is proving what many of us have known all along: women are emerging as leaders in philanthropic impact. Women are not only making their own fortunes, but many are inheriting wealth through the intergenerational transfer, and they are exercising leadership in family philanthropy, shaping how wealth is being given away. Furthermore, women…