More than a third of charities listed in 2018 were women’s charities.
It’s a stark contrast to 2016 when only 28% of charities were women-led.
The BBC’s Cathie Price-Crowley says the rise of women’s charity work is good news.
They are being recognised by their communities and their donors, and are being funded by them in the same way that men are.
The charity industry is now in its fourth decade, and we are seeing it continue to evolve, she says.
We see this happening now with a lot of our biggest charities.
Charity is a word that is often misused by women’s organisations to say they are too small, and to say that we are not important.
It is not true.
Women’s organisations have been working for decades to build their networks and support networks, and it is now possible for them to achieve this, thanks to the funding they are receiving from charities.
The average woman is less likely to be a millionaire than her male counterpart, but they are still more likely to receive funding from charities than the men, according to the Women’s Charities Network.
In fact, a quarter of charities reported to the Charity Commission are female-led, and this has risen by almost 10% to over 40% since 2017.
But that does not mean that charities are giving more money to women, says charity director Claire Dickson.
We’re doing more to get the money that we need to make the difference.
She says the money we are giving is vital.
“Women are still under-represented in the fundraising industry, and so when we say that women are under-represented we mean that we’re not providing enough money, and the money is needed,” she says, adding that women’s foundations, such as the Women Against Hunger Trust and the Fund for Women, have had to make difficult decisions.
One of the most common issues is that women don’t receive funding in proportion to their contribution, she said.
“When we say they don’t get funding, they don.
It comes from the men’s funders who are putting it into their own pockets and then giving it to the women,” she said, adding: “There’s a gap in funding between women and men.”
The BBC is launching a new website to highlight the women’s success stories, including a focus on funding women-driven charities, which will feature information about how to join and get involved in women’s fundraising.
But it is not just the big charities that are getting funding from women.
Women are also benefitting from the work of smaller charities, including the National Women’s Trust, which supports organisations that help women and girls.
In the same year that the Women against Hunger Trust recorded a record £1.9 million in fundraising, it received a total of just £1,000 from the government’s National Lottery.
The National Women of the Year Foundation was founded by women who work in the NHS and care for women who have died.
The foundation received just £500 last year, but that has doubled in the past year.
Charity director Clare Dickson says the women are taking a stand for women.
“I think they are saying to the Government, you can’t have women being the only beneficiaries of a lot money,” she told the BBC.
And I think the reason that’s the case is that they are working with the Government to get a bigger share of the funding and to make it more equitable.”