Lady Links

It’s here: an incomplete (but reliable) list of prospect research resources all about WOMEN!

Over the past five years, I’ve gathered information sources specific to women donors and prospects. This international collection may be useful for prospect researchers, fundraisers, donors and even market analysts. So, cheers to narrowing the gender data gap in the philanthrosphere. (*Clink*)

*Last Updated July 22, 2019

You are your own greatest resource. — Coach Callie

#prospectresearch | #FemaleFund


Catalyst Canada Women on Board – searchable online directory – HERE

Equilar Gender Diversity Index and Equilar Diversity Network – WEB

2020 Women on Boards – corporate directory of committed gender parity supporters – LIST

Gender Diversity Directory by 2020 Women on Boards – HERE

Women Philanthropists (A-Z) by the late Ann Castle – up to 2009 – LISTING

Women in Development – Prospect Research Resources – LINK

Women Moving Millions – Resources (for donor education in causes supporting women and girls around the world) – LINK

Abbie J von Schlegell, Fundraiser – Women’s Resources and Philanthropic Resources – LISTS

(Thank you for this tip, Apra-Maryland!)

Gender Data – Naming (Un)conventions

“Greetings and Salutations,” Donor Relations Guru, October 5, 2017 – BLOG

Investopedia – “Financial implications of keeping your maiden name,” Tim Parker, July 18, 2012 – ARTICLE

Hilborn Charity e-News – “Finding diamonds in your database: prospecting for bequest donors,” by Leah Eustace, March 1, 2012 – BLOG

Research Strategies

Me on iWave Blog – 3 Groups of Powerful, Wealthy Women to Research in 2016, December 22, 2015 – BLOG

Me in The Canadian Donor’s Guide 2015/16 – “Impact of Legacy Donors” – ARTICLE


DREAM. DARE. DO. Resources from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) Symposium in March 2017 – LINK

Philanthropy Women by Kiersten Marek – LINK

Inside Philanthropy – Meet the 50 Most Powerful Women in U.S. Philanthropy, March 10, 2016 – LINK

The Chronicle of Philanthropy – Appealing to Women Donors (premium content) – LINK

The Business of Giving by Michael Chatman – Top 20 Women in Philanthropy, Social Innovation and Civic Engagement – LIST 

studies on women donors 

Research from Charities Aid Foundation UK on women vs men donor behaviour, September 2017. Women are more likely to give at a fundraising event vs men (who knew?) and other lovely statistics HERE.

Women and Giving: The Impact of Generation and Gender on Philanthropy; Fidelity Charitable; 2017 – REPORT 

(Thank you for pointing me to this new report, Vanessa Chase Lockshin!)

The Untapped Potential of Women in Nonprofits, by NYU + others, April 28, 2014 – INFOGRAPHIC

Women Give Series – research from Women’s Philanthropy Institute – since 2010 – SITE

What Women Want. Understanding the Needs and Objectives of Women’s Philanthropic Giving – blackbaud white paper 2011 – PDF

The 2011 Study of High Net Worth Women’s Philanthropy and The Impact of Women’s Giving Networks – Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University – PDF


Trends Among UHNWI – Plan for Women’s Wealth Now! – BWF Client Advisory (based on Wealth-X data); July 19, 2017 HERE

RBC Wealth Management (Canada, USA and UK) – Women & Wealth Transfer Report, May 2017 – DOWNLOAD

TD Bank Group – Time, Treasure and Talent: Canadian Women and Philanthropy, 2014 – REPORT

  • TD Addendum, 2016 – PDF
  • TD Addendum, 2017 – PDF – How Advisors Can Reach Wealthy Women, February 2, 2015 – BLOG

Harvard Business Review – The Financial Services Industry’s Untapped Market, December 8, 2014 – LINK

wealthiest women in the world

Forbes, The richest women in the world, 2017 – ARTICLE

Business Insider and Wealth-X, The world’s 15 richest self-made billionaire women, March 31, 2016 – LISTING

Market Watch, The world’s richest women – by region, 2014 – LINK

Business Insider, The ten highest-paid female CEOs, October 26, 2013 – ARTICLE

Hurun, The top 10 richest women in China, 2014 – LIST

power women around the world

apolitical – Gender Equality Top 100, 2019 – The world’s most influential people in gender equity policy – LISTING

Forbes, The 19 Most Powerful Women in Business – CEOs – 2017 – LISTING

Forbes, The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women – LISTING

Canada – Women’s Executive Network – Top 100 Most Powerful Women – LISTING 

Women of Influence Inc – WEB

RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards – 2017 Finalists – LIST

UK BBC 100 Women 2016 – Who is on the list? – LIST

Elsewhere – World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women – Arabian BusinessLIST

Chief Executive Women Australia – search for a CEW member – LINK

(Thank you for contributing, @mqadvresearch!) 

power women in the USA

[new] Inc. – 100 Female Founders (discovered in October 2018) – DIRECTORY

Where are the Boss Ladies? Crowdsourced list of female CEOs of ad agencies in the USA – LIST

(Shout out to Apra-North Texas chapter for the tip!)

Fortune, Most Powerful Women 2017 – The list’s 20th year! HERE

Profiles in Diversity Journal, Women Worth Watching 2017 (features career women in both Canada and the USA) – LIST

Top 31 Female Philanthropists in Chicago – Make it Better – March 10, 2017 – LIST

Savoy Magazine, Top Influential African-American Women in Corporate America, 2014 – LIST

power women in the USA – by sector

American Banker – The Most Powerful Women in Banking 2017 (27) – LIST IN PICS 

The Most Powerful Women in Finance 2017 (27) – LIST IN PICS

Most Powerful Women in Sports (35) – executives and influencers (i.e. MVPs of the sports marketing world in the USA) – Adweek, June 25, 2017 – LIST

women in business – local lists 

[new] BROADROOMS – resources for board directors (with a keen focus on D&I) – LISTING

Online resources listing for women entrepreneurs – Start Up Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada [p.2 of this PDF]

Biggest BC businesses owned by women in 2017 – Business in Vancouver, August 1, 2017 (by subscription only) – PARTIAL LISTING

2017 Women in Business Honorees (30) – Dallas Business Journal, June 21, 2017 – LIST

fundraising females – news + reports

AFP – Women’s Impact Initiative – March 8, 2018 – SITE

(It appears AFP is finally attempting to address the issue of gender inequity in fundraising. Let’s help create solutions.)

The Storytelling Nonprofit – Resources for Women in Fundraising – 2017/18 – LINK

Elizabeth J. Dale. Fundraising as women’s work? Examining the profession with a gender lens. International Journal of Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Marketing (Wiley); October 31, 2017. NEWS

Vanessa Chase Lockshin, A Woman’s Guide to Thriving in Fundraising; published July 2017 – FREE E-BOOK 

Civil Society News (UK) – “More women than men in list of top 100 fundraising directors,” Hugh Radojev, January 10, 2017 – ARTICLE

#womensphilanthropy in mainstream media

“The rising activism in women’s philanthropy,” by Marianne Schnall in Forbes, February 2, 2018. ARTICLE

On Philanthropy: Women’s voices ring clear in world of philanthropy. Women of all ages and stages of life are more generous than their male counterparts, in The Denver Post, June 11, 2017. ARTICLE

Kickstarter Closes the ‘Funding Gap’ for Women in The Wall Street Journal, August 13, 2014 – LINK


Discourse Media – Gender and Identity Issues (by investigative journalists) – SITE

The BroadSheet – daily e-newsletter featuring females in the headlines, by Fortune – LINK

Lisa Witter | Huffington Post | Co-author of The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World – And How to Reach Them, 2008

giving circles in Canada

Giving Well – hosted by Vancouver Foundation – WEB

100 Women Who Care – Vancouver – WEB

Women 4 Change – hosted by Hamilton Community Foundation – WEB

giving circles around the world

Asian Women’s Giving Circle in New York City – LINK

Melbourne Women’s Fund – the giving circle concept is new in Australia – WEB

Women’s Giving Circles International – WEBSITE

[new] Amplifier’s Resource Library – everything you need to start a GC (in the USA) – LINK

women’s foundations

Canadian Women’s Foundation, Toronto – Resources – WEB

CWF’s Leadership Institute – Alumni Directory – LISTING

Feminist Majority Foundation – Empowering Women in Philanthropy, Resources – LIST

Chicago Women in Philanthropy – an active association with a newly formed race, equity and social justice committee which will blow your politically-correct mind! SITE

women’s associations

Young Women in Business (many branches at Canadian universities) – VANCOUVER

women + finances

Brava Investments – investing through a gender lens – WEBSITE

Ellevest – “invest like a woman” – WEBSITE

Amy Libertoski, “It’s different for women in estate planning,” Forbes, August 25, 2017 – ARTICLE

Christie Stephenson, “How women and millenials will redefine ethical investing,” The Globe & Mail, February 27, 2018 (includes the latest statistics on women’s wealth!) – ARTICLE

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