Women and Philanthropy in Canada


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Hilary Pearson, President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) presents on Women and Philanthropy in Canada at CGAP's Female Futures of Philanthropy event.

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Women and Philanthropy in Canada

  1. 1. Women and Philanthropy inCanada Hilary Pearson President Philanthropic Foundations Canada June 13, 2011
  2. 2. OutlineO Overview of C i f Canadian philanthropy di hil th Women as philanthropists Philanthropy’s focus on women Looking ahead
  3. 3. Philanthropy in CanadaOOver 9 000 registered Canadian 9,000 i t dC di foundations Ab t 11% of all charities in Canada About f ll h iti i C d  About the same as in U.S. Most are grantmakers; many are fundraisers Active grantmaking foundations:  Closer to 3,000
  4. 4. Philanthropy in Canada About 5 000 public foundations 5,000  Community foundations (170 + across Canada)  Institutional foundations (hospitals etc)  Donor-advised foundations (run by financial institutions, stand-alone etc) Ab t 4 900 private f About 4,900 i t foundations d ti  Mostly family  Some are independent (not controlled by donors or families)  Some are corporate foundations (about 140)
  5. 5. Philanthropy in Canada Assets of Canadian foundations total about $36 billion  Private: about $19 billion ate $ 9b o  Public: about $17 billion Annual grants to charities: about $3.5 billion Individual donors: about $7.8 billion in 2009  A drop from previous years  Probably an underestimate
  6. 6. Women as Philanthropists Very little Canadian data on gender and philanthropy  Women as donors o e do o s  Charitable causes related to women Contrast to U.S.  Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana; Women’s Funding Network Information is anecdotal and qualitative Some prominent women are role models
  7. 7. Women as Philanthropists What does Canadian data tell us? Who are female donors?  Few major donors are individuals; give as part of a couple Play a role in foundation leadership  54% (57 out of 106 PFC foundations) Are more likely to lead small foundations (under $10 M)  63% (31 out of 49 foundations) Rarely leaders of large foundations (over $100 M)  31% (4 out of 13 foundations)
  8. 8. Women as Philanthropists Does gender matter?  Not in choice of funding interest  Women are eclectic funders  Perhaps in style  Naming opportunities of less interest) Some women focus on changing the system  Focus on policy change, advocacy, research Some women focus on changing communities  Focus on services, community assets , y
  9. 9. Women as Philanthropists Female Celebrity Philanthropy  Making inroads in Canada  Found more in the arts and sports  Less in politics or business Some global names:  Celine Dion  Shania Twain  Olympic athletes (Clara Hughes, Jenn Heil, Silken Laumann)
  10. 10. Philanthropy’s Focus on Women Collaborative Giving as an approach Women giving to women The Canadian Women’s Foundation Women s  Founded in 1993  One of the 10 largest women’s foundations globally  Has given out about $25 M over 20 years  Focused on violence against women, moving low-income low income women out of poverty and developing strong girls  Canadian agent for Women Moving Millions
  11. 11. Philanthropy’s Focus on Women Th international NGO community i The i t ti l it in Canada focuses on women and girlsSSeveral large organizations h ll i ti have built b ilt their approach around gender  C t ib ti Contributing t awareness of importance to fi t of women in ensuring social and economic health
  12. 12. Philanthropy’s Focus on Women PLAN I t International ti l  Because I am A Girl campaignO f Oxfam Canada C d  “Ending Global Poverty Begins with Women’s Rights” Belinda Stronach Foundation  G(i l ) 20 S G(irls) Summit it  www.girlsandwomen.com
  13. 13. Looking Ahead P i t philanthropy growth Private hil th th  Baby boomers are intensely interested  M More entrepreneurs and families t df ili  More multi-million dollar gifts being made What about women?  Carol Newell and Play Big  Tracy Gary – Inspired Philanthropy
  14. 14. Looking Ahead Since 2008  Recession forced tough choices  Greater need to demonstrate effectiveness  Charities and donors alike Focus on Impact Assessment  Using metrics  Defining Outcomes
  15. 15. Looking Ahead Peer Learning  How are we doing? How can we do it better?  How do we communicate better about what we do? G Growing I i Impact of the Web t f th W b  Stories, examples  Internet giving  Visualizing philanthropy  Range of guides and materials
  16. 16. Looking Ahead “Girls and women are the moral issue of Girls our times” – New York Times Emergence of new actions and g commitments to advancing the lives of girls and women  Goldman Sachs – 10 000 Women Initiative 10,000  Kristof and WuDunn’s Half The Sky  Clinton Global Initiative  World E W ld Economic Fi Forum Empowering girls and women - because it works
  17. 17. Conclusion Is there such a thing as women’s philanthropy?  In Canada, it has been subtle but powerful Ca ada, t as bee subt e po e u Is there opportunity for significant growth and impact?  Yes, with more role models and documented impact Should we care if there are more women in philanthropy?  Yes, for what they bring to the table g
  18. 18.  Thank you For more information on philanthropy in Canada, check the web site of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, www.pfc.ca