Volunteers & Donors
Volunteering and charitable giving in America has a gender gap, as women lead the way in the donation of time and money to help others – and animals – in need.
♥ U.S. Department of Labor reports that in 2011, once again, women volunteered their time to support charitable organizations at a higher rate (29.3%) than men (23.5%). Adults without children volunteered at a lower rate (24.1%) than parents with kids under age 18 (33.7%) who tend to support educational and youth service organizations.
♥ Women Give 2010 found that women are more than 40% more likely to give money in support of charitable organizations than men. Who, exactly, gives more than their male counterparts? Boomer and older women, never-married and divorced/separated females…every category except widows/widowers.
♥ No surprise: women choose where to give by what touches their hearts. Men are more to the point. Dr. Debra Mesch, head of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute explains, ”It is easier to work with men who get out their checkbooks and put names on buildings. It is different to work with women.”
♥ GREEN PHILANTHROPY: After failing to have a child, Nanki Devi spent the last 25 years planting and nurturing 50,000 trees across 105 acres of land in central India. Her husband, Dinanth Koll, 55, told The Times of India, “It was my wife…who had suggested that we plant saplings and treat them as our children.” The couple was recognized their efforts in June 2013. Read More
♥ HOW TO HELP? Volunteer Match: This is one of several websites listing a variety of opportunities across the U.S.. Idealist is another good resource, and if you’re looking for a way to get children in your life, options to help youths are out there.