A new study by the Australian Women Donors Network, conducted by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Queensland University of Technology, has found that 12% of Australian philanthropic grants in 2009-2010 were directed to organisations or projects for women and girls.
This compares favourably to overseas numbers of 7.5% in USA and 4.8% in Europe, but the study also revealed that some 10% of respondents said they couldn’t find projects for women and girls, and the median grant amount to women and girls was $10,000. Half of respondents did not target women and girls because they were considered to be covered in general funding.
Women Donors CEO Julia Keady has said that “The most encouraging part was 33% of respondents plan to increase giving to women and girls, which is great news!”
Much like Philanthropy Australia’s own Projects Pool (http://www.philanthropy.org.au/membership/projects-pool.html), but with a specific focus on women and girls, the Women Donors Network offers the Online Project Showcase (http://www.womendonors.org.au/index.php?option=com_sobi2&Itemid=165) which details projects that require funding and is designed for funders and foundations to source projects that need support.
Oct. 28, 2011
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