Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Velma Lashbrook, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Audrey P. Kintzi, CFRE


Increasingly, women of every race and ethnicity are moving into professional roles as business owners, doctors and leaders in the community. Women's philanthropy is important and the need to understand women as leaders in philanthropy in the decades ahead will intensify.

To understand the nature of women's philanthropy, it is essential to answer the following questions. What motivates women to give of their time and money to non-profit organizations? Why is philanthropy important to women? What makes Girl Scout philanthropy unique?

This study explores what motivates women to be involved in a philanthropic role at the Girl Scout Council of St. Croix Valley. Ten individuals were interviewed for this study. The results from the interviews clarified that woman's motivations for giving time, money, and leadership to Girl Scouts were consistent with four out of the Six C's of Women's Giving identified from a previous study conducted by Shaw & Taylor (1995).


SC 11.MAL.2003.Pommier.SML