The Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University recently released a study that found women across nearly all income levels are more likely to give to charity, and on average, even give more to charity, than men.
Here’s the breakdown by annual income level:
- $23,509 or less: Women are 28% more likely to give
- $23,509 – $43,500: Women are 32% more likely to give
- $43,500 – $67,532: Women are 49% more likely to give
- $67,532 – $103,000: Women are 43% more likely to give
- +$103,000: Women are 26% more likely to give
First of all, I find it just a tad disheartening to see that women with an annual income of around $23,000 are 28% more likely than men to give to charity while women with an annual income of more than $103,000 are only 26% more likely to give to charity. I would personally love to see more people giving to charity and would think that if a person’s annual income allowed them to give more to charity or more often, that they would do so. While celebrities and people who are generally in the limelight for one reason or another do make up a portion of philanthropy within this country, most philanthropy seems to be done by those who make up the middle class, by giving $5, $10, $25, or $50 at a time to the causes they care about. I think the reason for this is that perhaps people who are solidly middle class, or lower-to-middle class may have had to at some point in their lives, rely on the causes and organizations they feel passionately about and want to help, or know the struggles of those who work within a certain cause or organization and therefore feel compelled to help when and where they can.
Of course, there can be many different reasons for women being statistically more likely to give and to give more to charity than their male counterparts, and as Director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Debra J. Mesch, Ph.D. has said, “These findings have the potential to affect both donors and charities significantly. Women may not realize they are giving more than men because their giving patterns differ. Understanding the power of their giving may encourage more women to consider the difference they can make with their giving. Nonprofits may see this as a reminder to pay closer attention to the philanthropic power of women and the importance of developing fundraising strategies that will appeal to their priorities.”