“I’ve heard about all these major investments, but we need to make sure they really moved the needle or are catching up with the overall increase in philanthropy,” Sager said. increase.
But at the cultural level, according to Sager, female philanthropists are already changing the way they operate their fields. According to a study by the Indiana University Institute, female philanthropists tend to focus on building relationships with recipients and amplifying the voices of those closest to inequality and social issues.
“Women just don’t want to write checks,” Sager said. “Relationship building is important to them. They are motivated by the stories of those who are serving.”
The National Workers’ Alliance, a non-profit organization aimed at raising the labor standards of certified care workers, is one of the women-led organizations that has benefited from this model of philanthropy centered on relationships with grassroots communities. It is one.
In 2006, the group’s founder, Eijenpu, approached the New York Women’s Foundation with plans to organize a movement of nannies, housekeepers, home health assistants, and other domestic workers across the United States. Pooh was warned that the people she was trying to organize were not workers united on the factory floor, but scattered across different sectors and communities. However, a New York Women’s Foundation funder decided to place a bet of about $ 30,000 on her vision after a deep conversation with Winnie the Pooh.
More than 10 years later, Ms. Poo’s organization has grown to more than 70 local affiliates and 250,000 members of the online community. Recently, Scott and French Gates have won $ 10 million from a long-awaited challenge. According to Anna Oliveira, president of the New York Women’s Foundation, its success is a testament to the work of philanthropists who amplify the voices of women, especially those most affected by fraud.
“Women’s foundation is very close to the people we support,” Oliveira said. “That’s how we mitigate risk — by listening. It’s not just about issuing grants and saying,” See you in a year. ” “