Women have long been involved in philanthropy, but their role has changed significantly over the years. As more women become educated, empowered, and financially independent, they are increasingly taking on leadership roles in philanthropy and making a greater impact.
A 2021 study conducted by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) found that 61.5% of U.S. households make charitable giving decisions jointly. However, when one partner makes decisions for the household, women are more likely to make these decisions than men. The same study found that in 2005 only 6.5% of women made the household decision about charitable giving, but this figure more than doubled to 15.3% in 2020.
Women increasingly have the opportunity to make their voices heard and contribute to important causes. This shift is changing the landscape of philanthropy as women become more involved in decision-making and fundraising activities.
As a result, we are seeing a rise in female-led initiatives that are making a real difference in our society. With their increased involvement comes greater visibility and recognition for the work they do—and a greater ability to create positive change through their actions.