Author ORCID Identifier

0000-0002-6896-4821

Advisor Information

Dr. Angela Eikenberry

Location

CPACS RM 232

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

1-3-2019 12:45 PM

End Date

1-3-2019 2:00 PM

Abstract

This is my dissertation research, which is a landscape scan of all women’s foundations and funds in the U.S. Women’s foundations and funds, which expressly award grants to programs and organizations benefiting/advancing women and associated populations (girls, children and families), have grown in number and funding scope over the past five decades. These organizations award millions in grants each year as well as contribute resources and knowledge about the status of and issues facing women and associated populations. Yet, there is a gap in knowledge about these organizations and their work to advance women and associated populations socially, politically, and economically. Any significant research is now a decade old even though these organizations continue to be active in the field of philanthropy.

This study shows that these organizations use philanthropy to empower women and associated populations and to create positive social change that benefits everyone. The findings highlight the desire and effort of these organizations to have an impact on the lives of women and their communities. They do this through grant-making, by engaging in an array of activities, e.g. advocacy and conducting research, and by collaborating with other nonprofits and organizations that share an interest and willingness to address the unique needs of women. Across the database, these organizations apply a variety of funding philosophies, such as social change philanthropy and gender lens investing, and use varying approaches and practices in pursuit of their organizational missions. Collectively, these organizations reflect an intersectional approach to intersectional issues.

Comments

*Oral presentation using PowerPoint slides.

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Mar 1st, 12:45 PM Mar 1st, 2:00 PM

Advancing Women & Associated Populations: The Work of Women's Foundations & Funds

CPACS RM 232

This is my dissertation research, which is a landscape scan of all women’s foundations and funds in the U.S. Women’s foundations and funds, which expressly award grants to programs and organizations benefiting/advancing women and associated populations (girls, children and families), have grown in number and funding scope over the past five decades. These organizations award millions in grants each year as well as contribute resources and knowledge about the status of and issues facing women and associated populations. Yet, there is a gap in knowledge about these organizations and their work to advance women and associated populations socially, politically, and economically. Any significant research is now a decade old even though these organizations continue to be active in the field of philanthropy.

This study shows that these organizations use philanthropy to empower women and associated populations and to create positive social change that benefits everyone. The findings highlight the desire and effort of these organizations to have an impact on the lives of women and their communities. They do this through grant-making, by engaging in an array of activities, e.g. advocacy and conducting research, and by collaborating with other nonprofits and organizations that share an interest and willingness to address the unique needs of women. Across the database, these organizations apply a variety of funding philosophies, such as social change philanthropy and gender lens investing, and use varying approaches and practices in pursuit of their organizational missions. Collectively, these organizations reflect an intersectional approach to intersectional issues.