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Unleashing the Power of Women in Philanthropy: The Key to Charitable Decision-Making
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In this workshop, we will examine ground-breaking research and strategies which provide answers as to why there is so much emphasis on women as volunteers, nonprofit leaders, board members, and philanthropists.

When: Thursday, March 7, 2013
9:00 a.m. to noon
Where: Rollins College, Bush Executive Center Room 223 (Main Campus)
SunTrust Parking Garage
East Lyman Avenue
Winter Park, Florida  32789
United States

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In this workshop, we will examine ground-breaking research and strategies which provide answers as to why there is so much emphasis on women as volunteers, nonprofit leaders, board members, and philanthropists.

The evidence is irrefutable "gender matters in philanthropy”. Women have made huge gains in education, employment, income and wealth- the confluence of these gains paints a vivid picture of women's increasing influence in society and with charitable giving.

· Increasingly women are the majority of college graduates in the U.S.

· For the first time ever women received more Ph.Ds.' than men

· Women's median income has increased over 60 percent in the past 30 years

· 50 percent of all privately held companies are women-owned

· 42.3 percent of the U.S. top 2.29 million wealth holders are women

· Women live longer than men on average 5.2 years, women will become in charge of the anticipated intergenerational transfer of wealth over the next few decades

· Many women will inherit twice, once from their parents and another time from their husbands

Source: The Changing Role of Women in American Society

 You will learn:

1. We will explore unique motivations and characteristics of women's philanthropy, using gender, generational, and cultural lens.

2. Through case studies and interactive exercises, we will delve into techniques and practices for effective prospect research and identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of women as donors and leaders.

3. We will examine the opportunities and challenges of creating and staffing donor circles and women's associations within larger organizations.

4. Regardless of the size of your nonprofit organization, you will leave this workshop equipped with philosophical ideas and pragmatic strategies to help you unleash the power of women's philanthropy.

"At 76 Million strong, Baby Boomers are the largest generation in America today. Baby Boomers hold more than 90 percent of the country's net worth and account for 78 percent of all financial assets. As of 2007 females accounted for 51 percent of the Baby Boomer population in the United States. By 2030, 54 percent of American Baby Boomers will be women”. Women Give 2012 Study

Boomer and older women are more likely to give to charity and give more than their male counterparts when other factors affecting giving are taken into consideration (Key Finding from Women Give 2012 Study).

Tuition: $60 Members $110 Nonmembers

 Instructor: Cynthia Wood, Philanthropy Partner, LLC

Cynthia Wood is a strategic fundraising development consultant to nonprofit organizations on developing strategic development plans, board development, and engaging women as donors through her company, Cynthia Wood, Philanthropy Partner, LLC. She is also a local and national presenter on The Power of Women in Philanthropy.

 In 2009, Cynthia retired after 19 years of development experience at Rollins College, where she served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

 In 2012 Cynthia contracted with the Registry for College and University Presidents to assess and build the Advancement Division and lead fundraising efforts at Wilson College for Women in Central Pennsylvania.


Cynthia's community involvement includes serving as:

  • Chair of the Center for Women's Philanthropy, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Central Florida
  • Board member and development chair for GRACE Medical Home, a medical facility for low-income, working uninsured in Orange County Florida
  • Former chair and member of the 100 Women Strong giving circle
  • Member of Florida Executive Women
  • Sustaining member and former president of the Junior League of Greater Orlando.



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