Women in Development (WiD), New York was founded in the early 1980s as an informal networking group for women in the professional fundraising field. At the time, men far outnumbered women in the development profession. In addition, the majority of female fundraisers were employed in the cultural and social service sectors.
In 1982, a formal structure was introduced and the WiD monthly luncheon meeting was born.
By 1985, the gender balance in fundraising had started to shift. According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), formerly the NSFRE, 49% of all fundraisers in 1985 were women.
An AFP survey conducted in 2000 about the state of fundraising in 1999 reports that 61% of all development professionals were women.
Today, women in development far outnumber men in the profession. However, salary inequity persists. Through professional development and networking opportunities, WiD provides a forum for women in the field to learn and make new connections.
WiD is as relevant today as it was more than 30 years ago.