Celebrating Women’s Generosity
CEO, Auckland Foundation
2 February 2018
Female-led social impact is nothing new here in NZ – this year we celebrate 125 years of world leading women’s suffrage! But we are relative latecomers to celebrating female philanthropy. Last year my attention was drawn to the number of funds held by community foundations around the world that focussed on women’s generosity. At least 150 exist, putting women in the driving seat of granting in their communities.
The drivers of this worldwide movement are many: women enjoy working together and giving collectively, women tend to perceive and use money differently to men, women understand and empathise with the experience of other women so give effectively to them. When receiving grants, women tend to share their acquired benefits generously with their families and communities.
When women empower women by sharing resources, potent social change occurs.
With the help of Community Foundations of NZ and Philanthropy NZ, we’re excited to have developed the Women Give 2018 event – a deep dive into women’s giving. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to take a look at our programme. You may have prospective donors, advisors or current donors that would get something out of the event and if so we can extend the membership rate to them. Let us know.
Men have long been celebrated for their generosity and they are important drivers of change in our communities. It’s time to recognise and celebrate what women bring, and offer them the platform for their style of generosity to flourish.
Join Community Foundations and Philanthropy New Zealand at Women Give 2018, on March 6th for a day focused on women’s generosity and the role they play in change. Explore how we’re doing as girls and women in New Zealand and the positive impact applying a gender lens to our philanthropy can have.