Center for Women & Wealth

In the feature article of this issue, we review why a charitable mission is important and provide guidance on how to approach crafting a mission statement that enables you to take philanthropy beyond just “being charitable” or “giving back.”

After featuring Claire Shipman in the inaugural issue of Women & Wealth Magazine, we had the pleasure of sitting down with her once again – this time to talk about raising confident girls. When we spoke three years ago, Shipman had just published her first book, “The Confidence Code.” Now her focus has turned to girls, and she provided us the highlights of her latest release, “The Confidence Code for Girls.”

For the first time ever in 2017, charitable giving by Americans to U.S. charities exceeded $400 billion in a single year.1 Our “By the Numbers” infographic explores the patterns behind this trend and the impact of giving on the next generation.

Also in this issue, Dr. Patti Fletcher, author of best-selling book “Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold,” shares her philosophy on how women can “open the door” for themselves and others to create an environment where all talent can thrive in an increasingly diverse workforce.

Is there a generosity gene? Many parents and scholars would like to understand how the transmission of generosity from parents to children occurs. Andrea Pactor and Jacqueline Ackerman of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Women’s Philanthropy Institute share their findings on the “generosity gene” and how to create a strong foundation for the continuity of family giving.

Finally, in “Five Questions,” Sally Brown, a descendant of BBH’s founder Alexander Brown, celebrates the 130th anniversary of her great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown’s first gift of musical instruments to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with insight into how she amassed the more than 3,600-piece collection.

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1 Giving USA:  The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017 (2018). Chicago:  Giving USA Foundation™.