The Pig and The Chicken – A Cute Story!

I am currently doing some research for a speech I’m going to give and as I was flipping through one of my favorite books on philanthropy called, “Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World by Crutchfield, Kania, & Kramer and I same across a this very cute story. Are you a chicken or a pig?

A pig and a chicken were walking down the road. As they passed a church, they notice that a potluck charity breakfast was under way. Caught up in the spirit, the pig suggested to the chicken that they each make a contribution.

“Great Idea!” the chicken cried. “Let’s offer them ham and eggs!”

“Not so fast.” said the pig. “For you, that’s just a contribution, but for me, it’s a total commitment.”


Fledgling Fund – An Investor in Powerful Media

In the past couple of years, since our family moved to Park City, our foundation has become more involved in the media space by funding social impact documentaries. One amazing organization I have become particularly fond of is The Fledgling Fund. The Fledgling Fund seeks to support individuals, families and communities by investing in media projects which shed light on entrenched social issues. The Fund selected a group of critical issues in which to target their funds, these issues include: girls’ empowerment and women’s leadership, health and wellness, and systemic poverty, among other issues. On their website they highlight their strategy as a “three pronged approach” in which they aim to “include funding for an innovative film or media project, funding for a strategic outreach and audience engagement campaign, as well as financial support for the community- based organizations that are committed to the issues raised in the film.”

The fund also researched the impact of distribution, outreach and audience engagement of films and how they can spark social change. Their paper, “From Distribution to Audience Engagement” outlines each of these components and how they can work together to create a powerful social change. They also tracked the impact their projects have had on communities and the world through a working paper called “Assessing Creative Media’s Social Impact.” Both papers are great resources that provide evidence that media can have a strong impact on social change.

This year one of the Fledgling Fund grantee’s, Saving Face, won the Academy Award for Documentary Short. This incredible documentary film looks into the lives of acid attack victims in Pakistan. Every year in Pakistan, there are at least 100 people attacked with acid-the majority women. Many more go unreported. Saving Face is the story of two survivors of such attacks–their battle for justice and their journey of healing.  For more information about the film and the issue and how to get involved, click here.

Do you have a socially important issue/story? To apply for funding click here.

Thank you Fledgling fund for the amazing work you do and a special shout out to Diana Barrett, the founder.  YOU ROCK!!

New Report: Women Give 2012

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University recently released their new report, “Women Give 2012“. Women Give is a signature research project conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, which specifically examines why and how gender plays a role in philanthropy.

They continued their research in 2010 with a second report looking at the Causes Women Support. Using the same methodology as the first report, they found that female-headed households are more likely or as likely to give as male-headed households in every charitable subsector across income levels. They also found significant differences in the likelihood of giving as well as the dollar amount given between single men and single women across income levels and by marital status.

The Women Give 2012 report looked at the effects of age and gender on charitable giving specifically focusing on Baby Boomers and older Americans. With Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964) making up the largest generation in America today at 76 million, their impact on society and more specifically philanthropy is greatly significant. According to the report, “Baby Boomers hold more than 90 percent of the country’s net worth and account for 78 percent of all financial assets. As of 2007 projections females accounted for 51 percent of the Baby Boomer population in the United States. By 2030, 54 percent of American Boomers will be women.” Additionally, the report states, “senior women age 50 and older control net worth of $19 Trillion and own more than three-fourths of the nations financial wealth. Women aged 50 to 70 (roughly corresponding to the age of Boomers today) hold 47.2 percent of the gross assets of the top female wealth holders in the United States today.”

The key significant findings of this new report include:

1. Looking at the likelihood of giving across the entire sample found that Baby Boomer and older women are more likely to give than their male counterparts in all giving levels

2. Looking at the likelihood of giving examining only those in the top 25 percent of permanent income found that Baby Boomers and older women in the top 25 percent of permanent income are more likely to give than their male counterparts.

3. Looking at gender differences in the amount given to charity for both the entire sample and the top 25 percent of permanent income they found that Baby Boomer and older women give 89 percent more (almost twice as much), to charity than men and Baby Boomers and older women give 156 percent more (more than 1.5 times more) to charity than men, respectively.


What to make of all this? In my view it just calls attention to the fact that women are a significant philanthropic force in this country and given there are aggregate differences around how men and women give it is important for development efforts to be mindful of the them.  My own observations are that women love to be part of a community of givers.  Many organizations are picking up on this with perhaps the best example being the RED CROSS Tiffany Circle of which I am a member.  Other great examples include the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board, The Women Donor’s Network and United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council( again members of all).  In many ways that is what Women Moving Millions is all about as well.  We want to build a strong community knowing that this is likely to increase not only the effectiveness of our giving, but how you feel about it as well.  Not to mention making some great new friends!


Big thanks to the Institute for this great report and keep up the amazing work!