Giving with Impact:

Season 1 Episode 2
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Traditional beliefs about philanthropy, including who gives, how, and with what effect, can lead to misunderstandings, and actually stand in the way of achieving social impact.

One area in which misperceptions persist is the subject of women's charitable giving. While a superficial glance at the data would make it appear that women give less in total dollars, and give to fewer organizations than men, the reality is very different, and far more nuanced. Are there differences in women's and men's approaches to philanthropy? Do women apply a different set of criteria than men when making philanthropic decisions, and if so, what does this mean for philanthropy writ large?

Moderator: Michael Gordon Voss, publisher of Stanford Social Innovation Review


Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, Board Chair and President Charles Schwab Foundation and Board Chair of Schwab Charitable.

Andrea Pactor, Interim Director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

After you listen

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The bottom line is that gender matters in philanthropy, that men and women have different motivations for giving, and different patterns of giving. One trend that we're seeing now is that more women are leveraging all of their resources income, assets, their families to make the change that they want to see.



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Giving with Impact is an original podcast created by Schwab Charitable and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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