Promoting Philanthropy in East Africa

Women in Philanthropy

Women in philanthropy are the change-makers and community shapers of the world.

Around 10% of ultra-high-net-worth individuals are women. Female benefactors are contributing around 14% of high net-worth individuals (HNWIs’) total donations towards social justice. According to the Women in Philanthropy Report 2014 published by EAPN, women are motivated to give based on emotional responses to religion, and social, personal, and environmental issues. At the community level, most of the beneficiaries of women’s giving are vulnerable groups within the society.

Beyond giving, women are also leading foundations as leaders, advisors, driving community giving initiatives, and social impact in the public and private sectors. As a result of their giving and that of their organization’s women’s funds, knowledge and skills are significantly addressing myriad development challenges facing communities.

This CoP is a platform for women philanthropists, women leading private, community foundations and trusts, feminists, and their organizations to connect, empower each other and share best practices. Specifically, the learning group will look into ways of harnessing the power of women’s leadership in philanthropy to influence local resource mobilization and policy to increase and demonstrate the impact of women’s giving.

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