Women Give Big

   By drodriguez  May 13, 2009

 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?

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Supernovae by Supernovae | Berkeley, CA
Aug 27, 2010

Women definitely have more highly developed compassion than men. But it is more than that. Women's brains can calculate future consequences better than men's brains. They can also compute effects of actions on networks better than men. So women probably understand the true benefits of sharing with the community better than men. We're biologically superior.

momagarry by momagarry | MILWAUKEE, WI
Oct 03, 2009

Women are just more compassionate.

coldheartedt by coldheartedt | sergeant bluff, IA
Jun 06, 2009

my husbands gives more stuff then me. I think giving should be only to people that desirve it, but my husband thinks he can give at any time if we have enough

snuggiwuggi by snuggiwuggi | Alexandria, IN
Jun 04, 2009

i totally agree with this!!

funKat by funKat | Cebu City, OU
Jun 02, 2009

I haven't realized it then, but i guess that's very true. I have a lot of girl friends who is really very generous. Even in my case, I usually donated some money at some local charities. :)

citygirl101 by citygirl101 | Marina del Rey, CA
Jun 01, 2009

I chair a local charity that mentors children whose parents or siblings are undergoing treatment or have passed away of cancer, and I full-heartedly agree with the study. For liability issues and better relatability, we only make male to male and female to female matches. We always have a growing waitlist of boys to be matched because it is so hard to find male mentors (especially in LA!!) Although I will say the male mentors we have have been matched for years at a time and are sometimes more loyal to the cause and the mentee than many of the females in the program. So this would be an interesting add-on to the study.

kccouponmama by kccouponmama | Olathe, KS
May 30, 2009

I actually work in development for a religious organization and I have seen in regards to religion, giving is pretty equal among men and women. Although, when I work with widowed men they almost always comment that they continue to give because of the philanthropic influence of his wife before she died. Male or female I think it is important that we continue to encourage our spouse, significant others, and friends that it is important to give back!

sciencecondom by sciencecondom | uniondale, NY
May 30, 2009

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

ZeppelinRules by ZeppelinRules | ottawa, OU
May 30, 2009

This does not surprise me at all.

PinkPrincessAli by PinkPrincessAli | Shepherdsville, KY
May 29, 2009

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.

robynlong by robynlong | meadville, PA
May 28, 2009

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.

greenteagirl by greenteagirl | norco, CA
May 27, 2009

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.

Texmel by Texmel | COLORADO SPGS, CO
May 24, 2009

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.

summershere by summershere | Gresham, OR
May 21, 2009

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!

quintaj99 by quintaj99 | Sherwood, AR
May 21, 2009

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.