Women are significantly more likely than men to give to almost every type of charitable cause and are equally likely to support the rest, after controlling for education, income and other factors that influence giving, according to new research from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
The findings were unveiled December 7 at the TED Women 2010 conference.
In Causes Women Support, WPI director Debra Mesch examined whether differences exist between male and female single-headed households across 11 types of charitable causes. Her study found that women’s likelihood of giving exceeded that for men in eight of the 11 causes: religious institutions; organizations that help the needy; combined purposes (such as community foundations); health care and medical research, education, youth and family, community and international organizations.
Women were as likely as men to give to arts and cultural organizations, environmental nonprofit groups and “other.”
“Clearly, gender matters in philanthropy,” Mesch said in a statement. “Women and men are both engaged, but their giving priorities are different. Additional research will help us better understand why women are more likely to give to certain types of organizations.”
The new findings are the second part of the Women Give 2010 report. “This new research affirms for individual women donors that they are part of a larger community of female philanthropists who share their passion and their desire to strengthen their hometowns and the world,” Lisa Witter, a member of the WPI Council and chief strategy officer for Fenton Communications, said in the statement.