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Data Shows Only 1.6% of All Charitable Giving Goes to Women’s Charities

According to the Women & Girls Index, only 1.6% of charitable giving goes to women’s charities. About 45,000 charities in the U.S. are dedicated to causes affecting women and girls, making up 3.3% of all U.S. non-profit organizations.

Women's and girls charities received $6.3 billion in 2016 with the largest portion of donations, approximately $1.2 billion, going to women’s health organizations. Reproductive health, as well as family and gender-based violence,  causes also received large amounts of donations.

Debra Mesch of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute said the organization released the data to address the gap between societal conversations on issues involving women and girls and actual donations. According to the report, “These findings suggest that charitable giving may not reflect the growing public awareness and media attention of women’s girls’ issues.”

Melinda Gates, of the Bill and the Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest philanthropy in the world, recently announced a $1 billion commitment to funding gender-equality initiatives over the next 10 years. Gates’ foundation funds the Women’s Institute.

The Realist Woman’s take:

According to this report, women’s causes only make up 3% of all non-profits in the U.S. and they only receive 1.6% of all charitable donations.

I’m very much aware news on women and girls is underreported even though it seems like women’s issues have been at the forefront of our media's attention. But I wasn’t aware of how little resources women and girls organizations receive. 

The data shows how under-supported these charities are. The majority of the money that is donated is definitely prioritized in the right area, women's health.

But with a gender pay gap, a lack of adequate healthcare, the maternal mortality rate rising and reproductive rights under the attack, women’s organizations need cash to meet basic needs for women's lives.

I’m ready to see how that billion dollars from the Gates Foundation affects change in the fight against gender inequality.