Lady Links

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

Over the past four years, I’ve gathered information sources specific to women donors and prospects. This 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 June 20, 2017

You are your own greatest resource. — Coach Callie

#prospectresearch | #gogirlresearch


Catalyst Canada Women on Board – searchable directory in PDF

Equilar Gender Diversity Index and Equilar Diversity Network – WEB

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

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 women’s causes around the world) – LINK

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

Database Techniques

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 

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

Women Give 2012: New Research About Women and Giving – WPI, August 2012 – PDF

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

diversity reports

[new] Heidrick and Struggles, Board Monitor 2017 – Is Diversity at an Impasse? (Bad news for gender parity on Fortune 500 boards last year…) DOWNLOAD

[new] Race to Lead. Confronting the Racial Leadership Gap by Building Movement – 2017 – DOWNLOAD

Research Papers: Diverse Communities in Canada by AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada – 2015 – LINKS

Diversity in Giving. The Changing Landscape of American Philanthropy by blackbaud – 2015 – PDF


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 – 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

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

most influential women in the world

(Powerful yet not top-paid…)

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

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

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

female fundraisers

Guidestar’s nonprofit profiles now feature details about diversity in board composition – SEARCH

The Storytelling Nonprofit – “Fundraising is Female,” Vanessa Chase Lockshin, March 2017 – BLOG

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

[new] 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


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

Women 4 Change – hosted by Hamilton Community Foundation – WEB

Giving Circles in the USA

Asian Women’s Giving Circle in New York City – LINK (…Hug a Muslim!)

Women’s Foundations

Canadian Women’s Foundation, Toronto – Resources – WEB

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

Coming Soon:


#womenshealth (Why Not?)

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