A Look at Women in Philanthropy

Our American Red Cross Tiffany Circle participated in a study on philanthropy among high net worth women, conducted by The Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Among the interesting findings:

  • Women spend more time than men on due diligence before making decisions about giving to a charitable organization.
  • Women expect a deeper level of communication with the organizations they support and place greater importance than men on the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization and hearing about the impact of their gift.
  • Women want to be actively involved with an organization and its mission, with volunteering being one of the most important motivations for women to give.
  • Women are more likely than men to stop giving to an organization they had previously supported whereas men tend to be more supportive of the same causes year after year

Citing the report:

A convergence of social, demographic, cultural, and economic factors has increased women’s visibility and involvement in philanthropy in recent years. Women have increased access to education and income – two key predictors of philanthropy (Center on Philanthropy, 2007). Demographically, women’s expanding roles in society and the self-reported change in family structure have affected women significantly.

Read the full report


Tiffany Circle women from across the Carolinas come together

Carolina Piedmont Region Tiffany Circle Members (Bonnie McElveen Hunter Lifetime Members!) Audean Godehn and Martha Allen

The American Red Cross Carolina Piedmont Region (based in Charlotte, N.C.) Tiffany Circle Society of Women members hosted fellow Tiffany members from  several South Carolina regions for a welcome reception and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Tiffany member M.A. Rogers opened her Charlotte home for a reception on Monday, Dec. 5, during which the members from Charlotte, Greenville and Charleston shared their current projects and upcoming events.

Arnie, Amy and 2-year-old Elizabeth Jones shared their extraordinary lifesaving story with the Tiffany women.
The women also heard a moving story from Amy Jones, whose husband Arnie performed CPR on her when she suddenly went into cardiac arrest during her ninth month of pregnancy. Amy, Arnie and their beautiful now 2-year-old daughter Elizabeth were happy to share their story.

“Anytime I can tell people how important it is to be trained in CPR, I’m happy to do it,” Amy told the Tiffany women. “Thank you to all of you for the work you do to support the Red Cross.”

Elaine Lyerly, National Tiffany Circle Co-Chair, spoke about how women can affect change in a powerful way. In fact, she noted, the Tiffany Circle is now international, with Canada, England and other countries growing their groups.

The next morning, the Tiffany women gathered at the Tiffany & Co. store in SouthPark Mall for breakfast and a private shopping event.

Martha Allen, Tiffany member Co-Chair from the Carolina Piedmont Region, thanked the women for traveling from throughout the Carolinas to join in the fun.

 “I never say ‘Give until it hurts,’” Martha said. “I say, ‘Give until it feels good!’”

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