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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Philanthropy from Venus

JTA notes something that's hardly news:

Women give charity differently than men.

They are a little more generous across the board and a little less egocentric in their giving. More often they believe that charity is a moral obligation. And they tend to be more inclined toward education, religion and health-related causes.

Saying so isn’t a case of sexism or stereotyping, it’s just statistics, says Debra Mesch, the director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University....

But evidently it's ignored news.
"I hear from development officers at Indiana that they talk to the man,” Mesch said. “If there is a couple sitting with them, they assume it is the man writing the check, so the discussion always goes to the man. The thank-you note goes to the man.

"But you need to do the little things and realize that it is the women who open the tap. I think it is a huge faucet."