Women like to help other women. According to a 2011 survey by Georgetown University, women are the strongest believers in the power of supporting causes. I see this statistic in action each day in my local community. It seems as if the women I know are constantly looking for ways to help, whether it’s volunteering, participating in the PTO or helping a neighbor. And thank goodness. If women weren’t doing work to help other women, I’m afraid no one would. According to the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, only 6 percent of national philanthropic dollars are invested specifically in programs that support women and girls.
Many love the idea of championing global causes, but also recognize that there are women in their own communities that need help. With busy schedules and competing priorities, which do you choose? There is a natural inclination to support the local community, but philanthropy blogs have cited that your dollar actually goes farther oversees.