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Women's Foundations Focus on Local Nonprofits, Education, Study Finds

May 15, 2019 / Philanthropy News Digest

While women's foundations and funds that expressly award grants to programs and organizations benefiting women have grown in number over the past five decades, there are gaps in knowledge about these organizations and the work they do, a report from the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy finds. Based on an analysis of more than two hundred women's foundations and funds that award grants to programs and organizations benefiting women, the report, Women's Foundations and Funds: A Landscape Study (56 pages, PDF), found that 71 percent were established between 1990 and 2010; 37 percent were standalone organizations while the rest were affiliates of a larger foundation or other organization; and only 8 percent were private foundations. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the study also found that 44 percent of the standalone women's foundations and funds in the sample saw their assets increase ...