SHESPEAKS Your Power to Influence

Women Give Big

Women Give Big

 As women, donating time and money to a worthy cause may just be part of our nature.  It has been well documented that women tend to give more than men and married women tend to steer their partners in that direction too.  A recent article from the Wall Street Journal, The Giving Gene, discusses the role women play as philanthropists. 

A study published in the International Journal of Educational Advancement reported that single women donate about the same amount of money to charities as married couples and married couples give about 13 percent more than single men. 

And it’s not just money that women are generous with.   A Corporation for National and Community Service study reveals that single women are about one and a half times more likely to volunteer their time than men.  Married women with part time jobs were found to volunteer at the highest rates.

Patrick Rooney, director of research at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, believes that higher rates of philanthropic women may not be a coincidence.  Rooney reports, “Given that the behavior appears to be independent of income, it’s difficult to ignore the argument that altruism is more highly developed in women than in men.”

One example of a women-driven organization that is making large contributions to charities around the world is Women Moving Millions.  This organization has found success by encouraging wealthy women to make large donations starting at one million dollars to go toward bettering the lives of women and girls in need.  It has been reported that more than 90 women have made individual contributions of one million dollars or more to this organization since its launch in 2007.



What do you think of the studies that reveal women give more than men?

Do you find this to be the case in your circle of friends and family?

Make a Comment

Comment  *
  • Paulsgirl By Paulsgirl

    I fine that to be true in my circle of friends. The women seem to be the champion of giving time and money. But our guys come along in a big way... they enjoy giving as much as we do.

  • agaphmou By agaphmou

    I totally agree that women in general are more giving of their time and money when it comes to helping the needy.I think it may have to do with the nurturing nature of women.

  • quintaj99 By quintaj99

    I think that is true because women have a larger social network and because we also are more emotional to the needs of others, even if it's the giving of our time. Not to say men don't give, but women are more apt to do so.

  • summershere By summershere

    There are many things woman are more apt to focus on than men, and there are many things men are more apt to focus on than woman. That is why we have both in the world! I do believe that woman are more apt to give freely of their time and money, and thus be an example and encouragement to the men around them that they would do likewise. Often, once men or women have seen and felt the good that comes from serving others, they want to do it more as well!

  • Texmel By Texmel

    I agree. I spent 8 years as an active of the Junior League, a women's volunteer organization where women can serve, give and lead. We, both as individuals and as a group, gave tons of money to worthy organizations....or raised it to give! And those of us who are sustaining members follow the same trend. I don't know of any men's organizations who do anything similar....not to be anti-men, I just haven't heard of any! I can say, however, that my husband loves to give to great causes. He is such a great example for our son.

  • greenteagirl By greenteagirl

    I haven?t noticed a large difference between the men and woman I know but there was a major one between the types of giving they were inclined toward. The ladies tended to be more extroverted in there giving. They gave to charities and the like while the men tended to concentrate on those immediately round them. Like helping a friend move rather then donating time to a charity or giving a older vehicle to a family member who couldn?t afford to buy/replace there?s. I think both are good but that the second one is much more difficult to quantify in surveys.

  • robynlong By robynlong

    Between my husband and I -- I am the one who gives to charities more, but I was raised to give and help others and my husband wasn't taught to. His family believe in helping only family and very close friends. We have problems every once in a while because I like to go and do stuff like the soup kitchen and he thinks it's a waste of time.

  • PinkPrincessAli By PinkPrincessAli

    I think it makes a lot of sense that women tend to give more than men. Women are givers by nature. We are designed to give. All day long we give to our families and our friends so it's only natural that we would give to other people as well. In my particular circle of family and friends it is pretty equal between the giving between women and men.

  • ZeppelinRules By ZeppelinRules

    This does not surprise me at all.

  • sciencecondom By sciencecondom

    yes this is trrue. i think women really are more giving.

More stories like this