High-income women more likely to increase their giving during challenging economic times because they perceive a greater need.

Hot off the presses this afternoon is a most interesting new report from the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Gender Differences in Charitable Giving 2009. The study surveyed high-wealth men and women who had given at least $1k last year to charity. It found significant differences: Women are more likely than men to respond to the recession by giving more generously. When asked if they would typically give more in challenging times "because the need is greater," 35% of the women responded "yes" and only 25% of men agreed.