Making Philanthropy 'Fun' for Young Professionals
December 1, 2010

Amy Heller has found the answer to the question on every charity executive and board member's mind: How do nonprofits engage the next generation of donors?

"It's about making philanthropy fun, social, relevant and transparent to donors," says Heller.

WGIRLS, which works to provide underprivileged women and children with a quality education, financial independence and self-sufficiency, was started by Heller and a group of other professional women in New York who initially came together to socialize, with a bent on doing something good for their community.

Ask and you shall receive: Women's giving on the rise
November 5, 2010

MUNCIE -- Local non-profit fundraising staff, get your pencils and pads and write this down. You've been missing out on a large number of people, right here in Delaware County, who want to give to your organizations. In fact, they can't wait to give to your agencies. All you have to do is ask.Who are these hidden gems in our community? Women. That's right, half of the area's population."The biggest external contributor to female giving is that they're just not asked," said Andrea Pactor, associate director from the Women's Philanthropy Institute. "Up until now, philanthropy has been seen as

Most Women Give More Than Men, New Study Finds
October 22, 2010

Women at every income level give to charity more often than men do—and they tend to donate more money on average than their male counterparts, according to a study released Thursday.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, analyzed charitable-giving data from 8,000 American households.

Women in Philanthropy awards $47K in community grants
September 24, 2010

Women in Philanthropy awarded $47,000 in grants to community organizations Thursday evening, more than four times what the group contributed last year.

Eight nonprofit organizations were chosen for grants: The Naomi Project, Mercy Medicine’s Healthy Smiles Program, Lighthouse Ministries, McLeod Health Foundation, Mercy in Me Free Medical Clinic of Cheraw, the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, the Senior Citizens Association’s Home Care Services and Camp RAE.

Gates Foundation Commits $1.5 Billion for Integrated Women’s and Children’s Health Programs
June 8, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Melinda Gates today urged global leaders to make women’s and children’s health a top priority, and announced that the Gates Foundation will invest $1.5 billion over the next five years to support maternal and child health, family planning, and nutrition programs in developing countries. “The world must come together to save women’s and children’s lives,” said Gates. “In poor countries, pregnancy and childbirth often end in tragedy. Our goal must be to build a world where every birth brings joy and hope for the future.”

Fundraiser of the Year
February 1, 2010

Miriam Isserow
development consultant/
former development director
Women Empowered Against Violence

Truth be told, it was this nomination from Lauren Hines, development director at the Council for Court Excellence and a colleague of Miriam Isserow's, that prompted us to go with the "superhero" theme for this year's awards.