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From passenger to driver: PhilanthropyMatters event discusses the unique power of women's giving

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Amy Gibbons (left), a member of the ASU Lodestar Center's Leadership Council, moderated a panel on women's giving featuring (from second left): Jackie Norton, president and CEO of the Rodel Foundation; Cindy Watts, philanthropist and co-founder of Sunstate Equipment; Juanita Francis, president of the F2 Family Foundation; and Debra Mesch, an international expert from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

A roomful of community leaders gathered to learn more about how women are driving bold philanthropy on Tuesday, October 23. Women have always been philanthropic, giving of time, talent and treasure throughout American history. But their stories have not always been part of the narrative.

Today, because so many women are stepping fully into their philanthropic leadership, women are driving philanthropy in unprecedented ways.

The latest PhilanthropyMatters event from the ASU Lodestar Center featured Debra Mesch, an international expert from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University, sharing the latest research on the unique power of women's giving.

Connecting the research to local impact was an esteemed panel of philanthropists: Juanita Francis, Jackie Norton, and Cindy Watts, moderated by Amy Gibbons. By sharing stories of their own philanthropic journeys, they demonstrated how the momentum around women’s philanthropy is building. The panel discussed how the research redefines who is a philanthropist, and encouraged women to embrace the label and accept the egalitarian definition of philanthropy as “love of humankind.”

Presented in part by IUPUI Women's Philanthropy Institute and PhilanthropyMatters.

Thank you to our event partners: Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona Foundation for Women, Arizona Grantmakers Forum, ASU Women and Philanthropy, Charter 100 AZ, Junior League of Phoenix, Social Venture Partners Arizona and Valley of the Sun United Way: Women United.