Q: What, in your opinion and experience, is the most compelling reason that women donate their money?
— Shannon, West Palm Beach 

A: There are typically three reasons that compel women to give:
1. Tax benefits — IRS charitable deductions as permitted on Form 1040.
2. Participation in a program sponsored by the organization; volunteered time and talent to the organization; or a connection to an organization through a friend or family member.
3. A personal experience or a family member’s experience with services from the organization; or a strong affinity with the cause or mission.

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