The State of Gender-wise Giving in Australia survey

“We need to pull every lever to achieve gender equality. Philanthropic dollars are limited – being more intentional about bringing women and girls into focus brings the greatest opportunity for social change.”

Sam Mostyn AO, Chair, Australians Investing In Women


At Australians Investing in Women (AIIW), we are proud of the role we play in supporting philanthropic, corporate and community leaders to strengthen society by catalysing investment in women and girls.

Everyone benefits from gender equality. Strengthening investment in women and girls helps create gender equality, and a fairer world for all. However, most Australian philanthropic giving does not differentiate by gender, even though more Australians want to invest with impact and ensure their giving is aligned with their values.

Because needs and circumstances often differ by gender, even initiatives that may seem gender-neutral often actually exclude or under-serve some people because of their gender, and can perpetuate existing inequities.

Taking an evidence-based approach, we have developed an annual survey to understand the extent to which gender is considered in philanthropic giving, and track this over time. This survey is a result of our work with Social Ventures Australia and The Evolved Group, with input from a number of philanthropists who tested the preliminary survey design (Thank you for your time and data), and with funding through the generous support of the Fouress Foundation.

We invite all private and corporate philanthropic givers to complete the survey, to learn about the extent to which gender is a consideration in their giving, and to what extent they are able to assess how women and girls benefit from their giving.

This survey should take 15 – 30 minutes to complete depending on your access to the information requested. You will need to have your annual grants summary and community investment or ESG data on hand for your responses.
Your responses will be kept confidential. The information provided will be used solely for the purpose as outlined and only aggregated results will be reported publicly. Only AIIW and The Evolved Group will have access to the information you provide.

We sincerely hope that you will find time to complete the survey and contribute to the body of knowledge and collective action to achieve gender equality (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5). We all know how critical data and funder insights are to the continuous improvement of philanthropic impact so we thank you in advance for your support.

We have also directly invited each of the generous funders on the AFR Top 50 lists for private and corporate philanthropy with the same aim. Together, we can strengthen our understanding of the impact of Australian philanthropic giving – what gets measured matters.

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