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Abzug, R. and Beaudin, C.
Women on Board: Parallel and Subordinate Power Structures/Cultures in Voluntarism and Trusteeship. New Haven, CT: Program on Nonprofit Organizations, Institute for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, PO Box 208253, New Haven, CT, 06520-2853

Addams, Jane
Forty Years at Hull House, with Autobiographical Notes. New York, NY: MacMillan Co., 1935

Addis, P. K.
Through a Woman's I: An Annotated Bibliography of American Women's Autobiographical Writings 1946-1976. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1983

Adler, Joe Anne and Friedman, Jennifer Adler
Women's Colleges. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1994

Alumnae Giving at Women's Colleges: A Ten Year Report. Washington, D.C.: Women's College Coalition, 1988

Astor, Brooke
Footprints. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1980

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Babcock, E.
Final Report: The Forum on Women in Philanthropy. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, April 1992

Barrett, J., ed.
Encyclopedia of Women's Associations Worldwide. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Inc., 1991

Barry, Nancy
"Women Making a Difference: The World Bank and Women's World Banking. How We Can Transform Our World, Our Institutions and Ourselves." Report of International Women's Month at the World Bank. Washington, DC: The World Bank, 1994. (Nancy Barry is the president of Women's World Banking, a nonprofit institution founded to provide poor women entrepreneurs with access to financial information and markets.)

Blair, Karen J.
The Torchbearers: Women and Their Amateur Arts Associations in America, 1890-1930. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Center for Philanthropy, 1994

Bonaviglia, Angela
Far From Done: The Status of Women and Girls in America. New York, NY: Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy, 1992

Getting It Done: From Commitment to Action on Funding for Women and Girls. New York, NY: Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy, 1992

Making a Difference: The Impact of Women in Philanthropy. New York, NY: Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy, 1991

Bordt, Rebecca L.
The Structure of Women's Nonprofit Organizations. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1997.

Brown, C. E. H.
Papers, 1900-1961. (Collected papers of Charlotte Eugenia Hawkins Brown, the educator and founder of the Palmer Memorial Institute and member of the National Council of Negro Women, and the first black woman to serve on the national board of the YWCA; at the Schlesinger Library in Cambridge, MA)

Bundles, A'Lelia
On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker. New York, NY, Scribner, 2001

Burkett, Nancy Hall; Burkett, Randall K. and Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., eds.
Black Biography, 1790-1950, A Cumulative Index. Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, Inc.

Burstein, R. and Mullins, L.
Library and Information Sources on Women: A Guide to Collections in the Greater New York Area. New York, NY: The Feminist Press, 1988


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Capek, M. E.
Women and Philanthropy:Old Stereotypes and New Challenges. A Monograph Series. Volumes One, Two and Three, 1998. Available from the Women's Funding Network, St. Paul, MN. Prepared for The Global Fund for Women, the Michigan Women's Foundation, Resourceful Women, Women & Philanthropy and the Women's Funding Network. Includes "Talking Points."

Caplis, D.
Report on Increasing Women's Participation as Volunteers and Donors at the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Task Force on Increasing Women's Involvement in Development, 1994

The Challenge of Being Female: A Conference on Philanthropy and Women's Issues in Southern California. Los Angeles, CA: Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy and the Los Angeles Women's Foundation, 1991

Changing the Face of Philanthropy, 1985-92. St. Paul, MN: National Network of Women's Funds, 1993

Coles, Robert
Privileged Ones: The Well-Off and the Rich in America. Children of Crisis. (Vol. V). Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Co., 1977

Conway, Jill Ker
The Female Experience in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century America. New York, NY: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1982

Cott, Nancy, ed.
History of Women in the United States. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 1992-94. (A twenty-volume set of historical articles on women's lives and activities in the U.S.)

Crocker, Ruth
Margaret Olivia Sage. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006

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Daniels, Arlene Kaplan
Invisible Careers: Women Civic Leaders from the Volunteer World. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1988

Danky, James P., ed.
Women's Periodicals and Newspapers from the 18th Century to 1981. Boston, MA: G.K. Hall, 1982

Directory of Financial Aids for Women. Santa Barbara,CA: Reference Service Press.

Directory of Women in Marquis Who's Who Publications. Chicago, IL: Marquis Who's Who, Inc., 1984

Directory of Women's Funds, 1993. (Send SASE to Women's Funding Network, 332 Minnesota Street, Site E-840, Saint Paul, MN 55101-1320)

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Empowering Women in Philanthropy. Los Angeles, CA and Arlington,VA: Feminist Majority Foundation, 1991

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Financial Support of Women's Programs in the 1970s. New York: The Ford Foundation, 1979

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Galvin, K.
Far From Done: The Challenge of Diversifying Philanthropic Leadership. New York, NY: Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy, 1992

Gilligan, Carol
In a Different Voice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1982

Gilligan, Carol, Lyons, N. and Hanmer, T.
Making Connections: The Relational Worlds of Adolescent Girls at Emma Willard School. New York, NY: Emma Willard School, 1989

Ginzberg, Lori D.
Women and the Work of Benevolence. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1900

Goodale, Frances Abigail Rockwell, ed.
The Literature of Philanthropy. New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1893

Grants for Women and Girls. New York, The Foundation Center, New York. (directory updated bi-annually)

Guyer, C.
Developing New Sources of Progressive Philanthropy: New Donors from New Constituencies. November 1990

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Hallgarth, S.
A Directory of National Women's Organizations. New York, NY: National Council for Research on Women

Hallgarth, S. and Capek, M. E.
Who Benefits, Who Decides? An Agenda for Improving Philanthropy: The Case for Women and Girls. New York, NY: National Council for Research on Women, 1995. (a report of the Council's "Funding Women" project, with recommendations for funding strategies and further research)

Hamilton, C. (eds.)
Cultures of Giving II: How Heritage, Gender, Wealth and Values Influence Philanthropy. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1995. (#8 in the series of "New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising" sponsored by Indiana University Center on Philanthropy)

Harrison, C.
Women in National Politics. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 1994 (Two volumes in the "Research Collections in Women's Studies" series edited by A.F. Scott and W.H. Chafe)

Hewlett, Richard Greening
Jessie Ball DuPont. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1992

Hinding, Andrea, ed.
Women's History Sources: A Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States. New York, NY: R.R. Bowker, 1979

Hine, Darlene Clark, ed.
Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1993

Humphreys, Nancy K.
American Women's Magazines: An Annotated Historical Guide. New York, NY: Garland Publishing Company, 1989

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Independent Women's Forum. Media Directory of Women Experts. (a 128-page reference with information on more than 300 women experts in their fields; available from 2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550, Arlington, VA 22201-3057, telephone 800-224-6000, fax 703-243-9230)

Ingham, Mary Bigelow James
Women of Cleveland and Their Work, philanthropic, educational, literary, medical and artistic. A history, in which more than one thousand people of Cleveland's past and present are mentioned as participants. Introduction by Hon. C.C. Baldwin. Cleveland, OH: W. A. Ingham, 1893.

International Who's Who in Community Service. Cambridge, England: Melrose Press, Ltd. 1974

International Who's Who of Women. London, England: Europa Publications Ltd., 1992

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James, Edward T., ed.
Notable American Women, 1607-1950. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA 1971

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Kay, E. (honorary general editor)
World Who's Who of Women. 11th ed. Cambridge, England: Melrose Press 1992

Kert, Bernice
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller: The Woman in the Family. New York, NY: Random House 1993

Kinder, Peter and Domini, Amy
Investing for Good. New York, NY: Harper Business 1993

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Leonard, John William, ed.
Woman's Who's Who of America. New York, NY: American Commonwealth Company 1914

Library and Information Sources on Women. New York, NY: City University of New York, The Feminist Press 1988

Lipman-Blumen, Jean; Fryling, Todd; Henderson, Michael C.; Moore, Christine Webster; and Vecchiotti, Rachel
Women in Corporate Leadership: A Review of the Current Research. Wellesley, MA: Center for Research on Women. (Publication # CRW 14 from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02181)

Lofthouse, Andrea
Who's Who of Australian Women. Sydney, Australia: Methuen Australia 1982

Lundberg, Ferdinand
America's 60 Families. New York, NY: Vanguard Press 1938

Lyons, L. and Wilson, J., ed.
Who's Who Among Women of California. Security Publishing Company: San Francisco, CA 1922 ("An Annual Devoted to the Representative Women of California with an Authoritative Review of Their Activities in Civic, Social, Athletic, Philanthropic, Art, and Music, Literary and Dramatic Circles")

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McCarthy, Kathleen
Women and Philanthropy: Three Strategies in an Historical Perspective. New York, NY: Center for the Study of Philanthropy/City University of New York 1994

Women's Culture: American Philanthropy and Art, 1830-1930. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press 1992

Lady Bountiful Revisited. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press 1991

Noblesse Oblige. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press 1982

The Ms. Foundation: A Case Study in Feminist Fundraising. New York: Center for the Study of Philanthropy, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, 33 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036. 25 pages. $5.00 (also available on the Web at

The Mademoiselle Report: Redefining a Generation. Conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide for Mademoiselle magazine, 1994. (Research sponsored by the magazine which "seeks to characterize twentysomething women authoritatively... moving beyond stereotypes and assumptions.")

Metzger, Z., ed.
Special Report on Women's Funds. Washington, DC: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy 1986

Mogil, Christopher and Slepian, Anne
We Gave It All Away. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers 1992

Murninghan, Marcy
Women and Philanthropy: New Voices, New Visions. Boston, MA: The Lighthouse Investment Group, 1990

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National Guide to Funding for Women and Girls, Fourth Edition. New York: The Foundation Center. Profiles more than 950 foundations and corporate-giving programs that support programs to benefit women and girls and provides descriptions of over 4,300 recently awarded grants. Includes a bibliography of additional sources. 414 pages, $115 plus $4.50 postage and handling.

Nelson, S.
Madame C.J. Walker: Two Dollars and a Dream. (This is a 1987 documentary film about the founder of the Walker Company, a hair care products business. Mme. Walker became the first black woman American millionaire)

New York Times Cumulative Subject and Personal Name Index: Women, 1965-75. Glen Rock, NJ: Microfilming Corporation of America/ A New York Times Company 1978

Notable Native Americans. Detroit, MI: Gale Publishing 1994

Nowell, Iris
Women Who Give Away Millions: Portraits of Canadian Philanthropists. Toronto, Canada: Hounslow Press, 1996. Order through the University of Toronto Press at 1-800-565-9523.

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Oates, Mary
The Catholic Philanthropic Tradition in America. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press 1995

Odendahl, Teresa
America's Wealthy and the Future of Foundations. New York, NY: The Foundation Center, 1987

Charity Begins at Home. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1990

Odendahl, Teresa and O'Neill, Michael
Women and Power in the Nonprofit Sector. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1994

Ostrander, Susan A.
Money for Change: Social Movement Philanthropy at the Haymarket People's Fund. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

Gender and Giving: What Difference Can Difference Make? Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, 1994. (This paper was delivered on August 13, 1994 at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy conference, "Taking Fundraising Seriously: Cultures of Giving", in Indianapolis, IN. Please contact Dr. Susan A. Ostrander, Department of Sociology, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155 (617) 627-3561.)

Women of the Upper Class. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1984

Ostrower, Frannie
Elite Insiders and Outsiders: Consequences for Philanthropy. New Haven, CT: Yale University Program on Non-Profit Organizations, 1992

Why the Wealthy Give. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995

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Perlmutter, Felice D.
Women and Social Change. Nonprofit and Social Policy. Washington, D.C.: National Association of Social Workers.

"Philanthropy: Do 'Universal' Dollars Reach Women and Girls?" Issues Quarterly Fall 1994. (Available from National Council for Research on Women, 530 Broadway, 10th floor, New York, NY 10012)

"Philanthropy and Reform: A Victorian Perspective." (Archives of the Shaftesbury Society and the Charity Organization Society from industrialized Britain in the late 19th and early 20th century. Contact: Research Publications International, 12 Lunar Drive, Woodbridge, CT 06525-9957)

Podesta, J.
"Madame C.J. Walker." Contemporary Black Biography. 7: 281. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Inc., 1994

Principal Women of America: Being the Biographies of Approximately One Thousand Five Hundred American Women Who Stand Pre-Eminent in Their Country. London, England: The Mitre Press, 1932 (Volume 1 was published in 1932, volume 2 in 1936, and volume 3 in 1940)

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Rector, Margaret Hayden
Alva, That Vanderbilt -Belmont Woman. Contact the Women's International Center at 619-295-6446 (biography and chronology of the Vanderbilt and Belmont families)

"Report on Girls' Programming in the United States." (Contact the Ms. Foundation at 212-742-1653; funded in part by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Moriah Fund, this report surveyed 112 programs for girls and found less than eight percent of all programs provide services to girls between the ages of 9 and 15)

Rubin, Nancy
American Empress. New York, NY: Random House (Villard Books), 1995 (a biography of Marjorie Merriweather Post)

Rutledge, Jennifer M
Building Board Diversity. Washington, D.C.: National Center for Nonprofit Boards, 1995

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Sander, Kathleen Waters
"The Business of Charity: The Woman's Exchange Movement, 1832-1900." Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, (Women in American History series), 1998.

San Francisco Foundation Annual Report
1993 (685 Market Street, Suite 910, San Francisco, CA 94105). (See especially the profiles on women donors)

Sanger, Margaret
Collected Papers. (Papers of Margaret Sanger, at the Smith College Archives, Northampton, MA 01063)

Schervish, Paul, Hodgkinson, V.A., Gates, M. and associates
Care and Community in Modern Society. Passing on the Tradition of Service to Future Generations. Washington, D.C. : Independent Sector, 1995

Scott, Anne Firor
Natural Allies: Women's Association in American History. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1993

Sedgwick, John
Rich Kids. New York, NY: William Morrow and Co., 1985

Sewall, May Wright, ed.
World's Congress of Representative Women: A Historical Resumé for Popular Circulation. Chicago, IL: Rand McNally, 1894 ("Convened in Chicago on May 15 and Adjourned on May 22, 1893, under the auspices of the Woman's Branch of the World's Congress Auxiliary [of the Columbian Exposition]")

Shaw, Sandra and Taylor, Martha
Reinventing Fundraising. Realizing the Potential of Women's Philanthropy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995

Shaw-Hardy, Sondra
Creating a Women's Giving Circle: A Handbook. Madison, WI: Women's Philanthropy Institute, 2000

Sicherman, Barbara and Green, C., ed.
Notable American Women: The Modern Period. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1980

Slepian, Anne and Mogil, Christopher
Welcome to Philanthropy. Resources for Individuals and Families Exploring Social Change Giving. San Diego: National Network of Grantmakers, 1996. A guide for both the seasoned philanthropist and for those newly involved in giving. The guide is a project of the Donor Organizers' Network.

Smith, Jessie Carney, ed.
Notable Black American Women. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Inc., 1992

Notable Black American Women, Book II. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Inc., 1996

Steinem, Gloria
Moving Beyond Words. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1994 (See especially the chapters entitled "The Masculinization of Wealth" and "Revaluing Economics")

Starr, Jennifer and Yudkin, Marcia
Women Entrepreneurs: A Review of the Current Research. Wellesley, MA: Center for Research on Women, 1996. (Commissioned by the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College. This paper is available from the Publications Department, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02181-8259 for $10.00; Publication # CRW 15)

Stasz, Clarice
The Rockefeller Women: A Dynasty of Piety, Privacy, and Service. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995

Stern, Madeleine B.
We the Women: Career Firsts of Nineteenth Century America. New York, NY: Schulte Publishing Company, 1963

Stoddard, Hope
Famous American Women. New York, NY: Dover Publications, 1970

Sublett, Dyan and Stone, Karen
"UCLA Women and Philanthropy Focus Group Study Report." Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Development Office, 1992

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Taking Charge of Our Money, Our Values and Our Lives. Arlington, MA: The Impact Project, 1994 (This is an annotated bibliography and resource list.)

Telgen, Diane and Kamp, Jim
Notable Hispanic American Women. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Inc., 1993

Thompson, Anne and Kaminski, Andrea
Women and Philanthropy: A National Agenda. Madison, WI: Center for Women and Philanthropy, School of Family Resources and Consumer Sciences, University of Wisconsin, 1993

The Trustee Connection - Making a Difference. Study from Women in Philanthropy, 1995 (see resource center list for full address).

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Uglow, J. S., ed.
The Continuum Directory of Women's Biography. New York, NY: Continuum Press, 1989 (expanded edition)

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Von Schlegell, Abbie and Fisher, J., ed.
Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 1994

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Wagner, Mary Jo.
Outstanding Women in Business. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1995. (Profiles 85 women in business, an annotated bibliography and a directory of organizations)

Waugh, Joan.
Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998. ("The author uses a biography of the Massachusetts reformer (1843-1905) to explore philanthropic activities among the upper classes.")

Who's Who of American Women. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who. (annual)

Williams, Lillian Serece, consulting ed.
Records of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 1994

Women Directors of the Top 1,000 Corporations. Washington, DC: The National Women's Economic Alliance Foundation. 1993 (Contact NWEAF at 1440 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 30, Washington, DC 20005, phone 202-393-5257)

Women Presidents in U.S. Colleges and Universities: A 1995 Higher Education Update. American Council on Education, Office of Women in Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 881, Washington, DC 20036 (Cost is $5. Telephone is 202-939-9390)

Women's Voices - Private Lives, Public Policies. Minnesota Women's Foundation, January 1998. Findings, Reflections and Recommendations from Women's Voices - Minnesota, a research report. (Contact the Minnesota Women's Foundation at 155 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 900, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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Zia, Helen and Gall, Susan B, ed.
Notable Asian Americans, first edition. Detroit, MI: Gale Publishing, 1995

Zilborg, Caroline, ed.
Women's Firsts. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1997

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