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Women Give Big

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 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
    08.27.10  

    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
    10.03.09  

    Women are just more compassionate.

  • coldheartedt By coldheartedt
    06.06.09  

    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
    06.04.09  

    i totally agree with this!!

  • funKat By funKat
    06.02.09  

    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
    06.01.09  

    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.

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    05.31.09  

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  • kccouponmama By kccouponmama
    05.30.09  

    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
    05.30.09  

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

  • ZeppelinRules By ZeppelinRules
    05.30.09  

    This does not surprise me at all.

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