Center for Women & Wealth

Supporting women as they create and manage wealth

Cultivating a community of women

The Center for Women and Wealth® (CW&W) is committed to engaging and supporting women as they create and manage wealth. We provide women with investment, planning and philanthropic resources derived from decades of experience through work with our Private Banking clients. The CW&W aims to cultivate a community, in person and online, where women can share experiences with each other and give advice to new generations of female leaders.

Women & Wealth Magazine Summer Issue 2022

In this issue of Women & Wealth Magazine, we focus in on the value of communication as it relates to a range of subjects. We look at the criticality of intergenerational communication around wealth values, cover skills to teach our girls so they can thrive, discuss how to support a grieving friend and share guidance around how we can prepare ourselves to live in a world with more frequent disasters.

Our Latest Insights

Driving Household Giving – and Life Satisfaction

  • Likelihood to give to charity
    • Female-headed households: 50.8%
    • Male-headed households: 40.9%
  • 61.5% of couples make giving decisions together
    • Where one partner in a household decides, it is more likely to be a woman (15.3% vs. 12.1%)
  • 75% of couples agree on giving amounts and recipients
  • For households where either the wife makes charitable decisions or spouses make charitable decisions jointly, life satisfaction increases with the percentage of household income given to charity
    • Wife
      • Donated <2%: 3.95
      • Donated >2%: 4.18
    • Joint
      • Donated <2%: 4.05
      • Donated >2%: 4.17
  • Just 1.1% of couples talk about giving with a financial or philanthropy advisor

Giving Together to Drive Change

  • The number of giving circles tripled in the 10-year period from 2007 to 2017
    • They are engaging more people overall and more people on average per group
  • About 70% of giving circles report that women make up more than half their membership
  • The top three causes that women-dominant giving circles support: human services, women and girls and education

Growth in Giving to Women and Girls

  • Giving to women and girls increased by 36.4% from 2012 to 2017
    • Growth was especially strong in 2017 (9.4%)
  • Nearly 47,000 organizations dedicated to women and girls make up 3.3% of total charitable organizations in the U.S.
  • Giving to women’s and girls’ organizations in 2017: $7.1 billion – 1.6% of overall charitable giving
  • On digital platforms and social media, women give between 60% to 70% of total dollars given to women and girls' causes



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New America: Better Life Lab

The Better Life Lab, an initiative from the think tank and civic enterprise New America, is a leader in the national conversation surrounding the evolution of gender roles and norms, family policy and how we work and live. They are policy entrepreneurs finding outside-the-box solutions to public problems and using research, data and reporting to inform their work and tell the stories that motivate, edify and engender change.

Women’s Philanthropy Institute

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) is part of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. WPI increases understanding of women’s philanthropy through rigorous research and education, interpreting and sharing these insights broadly to improve philanthropy.

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