Separate giving acknowledges social and economic realities. Of married
Jewish women, 56% work for pay; of those under age 44, 70% are employed outside
the home. Women own 60% of the wealth in this country and run 60% of the family
foundations. By 1991, over 2,000,000 women already had personal annual income in
excess of $500,000. As women are achieving parity with men in courtrooms,
boardrooms and operating rooms, so must they assume equal responsibility with
men for saving, sustaining and enriching Jewish lives. Women's giving is the
fastest growing component of the annual campaign, now representing more than 22%
and rising every year.
The Women's Philanthropy is Inspired
by the Jewish traditions of tzedakah and tikkun olam -- social justice and
repairing the world. It provides opportunities for every women to affirm her
Jewish identity and spirituality, to take a stand on issues that affect her
community, and to inspire other Jewish women by example.
Educate women and you educate
Tzedakah is a mitzvah, a personal
obligation; no one can perform a mitzvah on behalf of another. Determining what
your just share of the cost of meeting the needs of the global Jewish community
is an individual decision.
The obligation to give tzedakah continues
throughout your life as an adult Jew, without regard to marital status.
A separate donation gives you your own
identity, distinct and independent from your husband, companion or family. This
is consistent not only with societal mores, but also with the Jewish view that
each human being is of infinite value.
A donation in your own name establishes
you as a full partner in your community.
Money is influence; it gives you a voice
and a place at the table. By giving a quality gift in your own name, you have
more decision-making credibility.
Why should Women Give in their
There are numerous
reasons why a woman should give a gift in her own name. It has always seemed in
history that the role of volunteer and giver is a traditional one for women, yet
few women think of women as philanthropists. Few women themselves
understand their potential as philanthropists, as leaders capable of helping
shape the future of the Jewish community.
What a change! Women are now
entering the frontier of philanthropy through their own involvement with the
nonprofit causes in which they believe.
Why a woman should
Women inspire others to
translate their Jewish caring into giving that makes a difference.
Women are knowledgeable
philanthropists who understand how to exercise their power to make a difference
Increasing women's campaigns
demonstrate women's leadership. Women's giving is the launching pad for future
Women's giving demonstrates
dedication to, and acceptance of, responsibility for the needs of the global
Money is influence; the more
women give in their own name, the greater their credibility and power as leaders
and policy makers.
Women's giving is fiscal
evidence of the influence women exert as full partners and decision makers in
the family, the community, and nation building.
Women can impact Jewish
political power. US Government leaders count the number of givers when they
measure support for Israel and local communities.
Women have an obligation to
practice tzedakah; no one can perform a mitzvah in another's name.