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Dec. 8, 2020, 3:38 p.m. EST

Giving to Women’s and Girls’ Causes in the U.S. Reached $7.1 Billion in 2017

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Charitable giving to women’s and girls’ organizations in the U.S. reached $7.1 billion in 2017, increasing 36.4% over the past five years and on par with other charitable organizations, according to a report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute Tuesday.

There are approximately 47,000 organizations in the U.S. dedicated to women and girls, making up 3.4% of all charitable organizations. The amount of donations they have received accounted for 1.6% of overall charitable giving, according to Women’s Philanthropy Institute’s second annual report, Women & Girls Index.

“While women’s and girls’ organizations saw steady growth in philanthropic support from 2012 to 2017, contributions to these organizations continue to comprise a relatively small share of overall charitable giving,” Debra Mesch , lead author of the report and professor of philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, said in a statement. 

The report is based on the latest finalized data from the Internal Revenue Service and other sources, and funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2019, Gates pledged $1 billion over 10 years to promote gender equality in the U.S.

Particular types of organizations—such as those focused on reproductive health and family and gender-based violence—saw especially strong growth from 2012 to 2017. Philanthropic support for reproductive rights organizations increased 85.2% from 2012 to 2017, and 33.7% in 2017 alone, according to the report. 

Additionally, government grants to women’s and girls’ organizations increased 34.4% from 2012 to 2017, outpaced other charitable organizations, which saw an 14.6% increase in government grants, according to the report.

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