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Making the tea or making it to the top? How gender stereotypes impact women fundraisers’ careers

Dale, Elizabeth, Breeze, Beth (2021) Making the tea or making it to the top? How gender stereotypes impact women fundraisers’ careers. Voluntary Sector Review, 13 (1). pp. 19-36. ISSN 2040-8056. (doi:10.1332/204080521X16352574868076) (KAR id:91351)


This paper explores gender stereotypes, discrimination, and harassment in the fundraising profession and their impact on women’s fundraising careers. Using a feminist analysis, we investigate the types of gender-based stereotyping and harassment experienced by women who are members of the UK professional fundraising membership body, where 75% of women survey respondents reported experiencing stereotyping. Qualitative analysis of 366 respondents’ examples of gender-based stereotyping and data from three focus groups demonstrate how the fundraising profession is gendered, its impact on women, and what actions need to be taken to tackle visible and unseen barriers that affect women’s careers. We conclude by emphasising the necessity for researchers to investigate nonprofit and voluntary organizations with a critical orientation that accounts for the ways power is reinforced along categories of gender, age, race, class, physical ability and sexuality in order to realise the full potential of individual employees and the sector.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1332/204080521X16352574868076
Uncontrolled keywords: Fundraising, women, feminist analysis, gender discrimination, sexual harassment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV27 Philanthropists
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Beth Breeze
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2021 09:27 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2024 08:33 UTC
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