Funding Serious Change(WOMENSENEWS)–Philanthropy is taking on a feminine influence.

In recent years, wealth has increasingly shifted into the hands of women, and in the United States, 51 percent of all assets are currently held by women. In turn, they are beginning to supporting institutions that benefit women and tackle the issues that affect them.

Among these benefactors is Helen LaKelly Hunt, founder of The Sister Fund. Hunt says she has been inspired by the transformative powers of donating money and joined with Women’s eNews to sponsor a series of essays from female philanthropists who have given at least $1 million to help other women.

Their personal stories provide others with the inspiration to join in and make donations of any amount to discover the link between giving and receiving. The essays reveal the transformations these gifts enable and how both individuals and women collectively can move forward and improve their lives. And, many hope, the fate of the world.