The Foundation researches and educates on women’s issues to acknowledge barriers and identify opportunities.


Commissioned by the WNY Women’s Foundation and created by UB Regional Institute, the 2010 Pathways to Progress Report examined the issues facing women and girls in our community. The report started an ongoing region-wide dialogue about the best ways to support and elevate women and girls.

Pathways to Progress, Vol. 2, a report created by the WNY Women’s Foundation, keeps us moving forward. The new report expands the dialogue with updated data that explore the current status of women and girls in WNY. By diving into the barriers women face throughout their lifespans, the report highlights opportunities and success stories. This educational tool is available to the community thanks to the generous support of the James H. Cummings Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation of Western & Central NY, John R. Oishei Foundation, Joy Family Foundation, Patrick P. Lee Foundation, SEFCU, and WNY Foundation.

Download Pathways to Progress, Vol. 2. Read it, digest, and find the connections that you can make to the women and girls in your family, community, and work. The full reference list for the report is available for download and many of the reports cited are included in this data hub. 

In our effort to educate the community and raise awareness, the Foundation has curated research and organized it by topic area. The research below can be filtered by topic with citations and links to original researchers. Alternately, it can be sorted by date of publication. Contact us if your organization has a report to include.

Topic: Philanthropy

ALL IN FOR WOMEN & GIRLS: How women’s fund and foundation donors are leading through philanthropy

This study uses data from high-net-worth donors to understand how those donors support women’s and girls’ causes. However, its larger message about cultivating deep, personal, long-term engagements with donors can apply to all areas of philanthropy.

Published Jul. 2019 IUPUI Women's Philanthropy Institute


Women Give 2018 asks how parents transmit generosity to their children and whether this differs for sons and daughters. The study first explores the linkage between whether parents give to charitable organizations and whether their adult children give. It then examines frequency and amount of parental giving as well as the parents’ wealth level to assess how these factors relate to charitable giving by the adult children.

Published Jan. 2018 Women's Philanthropy Institute

Giving by and for Women:Understanding high-net-worth donors’ support for women and girls

In an effort to understand who leads philanthropy that benefits women and girls and how these donors are unique, we embarked on a landmark study of high-net-worth women donors.

Published Jan. 2018 Women’s Philanthropy Institute


This is a guide for organizations and individuals actively seeking to create gender equitable social change. In particular, it equips women’s funds to design strategies that use systems of finance and investments as tools to create the social change they seek.

Published Apr. 2017 Criterion Institute


Women Give 2017 explores the connection between happiness and charitable giving and the role women play in driving philanthropy.


Giving to Women and Girls

This study highlights new data to understanding who gives to women’s and girls’ causes and their motivations for support

Published May. 2016 IUPUI Women's Philanthropy Institute

Mind the Gap – How Philanthropy Can Address Gender-Based Economic Disparities

Not only is realizing gender equality in our economic, political, and social systems imperative to women’s economic security, it is necessary for those systems to thrive.

Published Mar. 2016 For Women

How and Why Women Give

The purpose of this literature review is to summarize the existing academic research on women, gender, and philanthropy and create a comprehensive picture of what we know about women’s giving and gender differences in giving today.

Published May. 2015 IUPUI Women's Philanthropy Institute

Perspectives in Philanthropy: The Advancement of Women and Girls

The Advancement of Women and Girls” includes a broad range of articles that highlight the tremendous work both individuals and institutions are engaged in to empower women and girls all over the world.

Published Jan. 2015 Morgan Stanley