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Generosity and Philanthropy: A Literature Review

67 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2007 Last revised: 30 Oct 2007

René Bekkers

Center for Philanthropic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam

Pamala Wiepking

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Department of Philanthropic Studies

Date Written: October 28, 2007

Abstract

We present an overview of the academic literature on philanthropy, divided in two parts: 1. Who gives how much; 2. Why people give. In part 1 we survey the literature on characteristics of individuals and households that are related to giving. In part 2, we identify eight mechanisms as the most important forces that drive giving: (1) awareness of need; (2) solicitation; (3) costs and benefits; (4) altruism; (5) reputation; (6) psychological benefits; (7) values; (8) efficacy. We evaluate the progress in the almost 500 studies we reviewed and suggest directions for future research on philanthropy.

Keywords: philanthropy, charitable giving, donations, theory, fund raising

Suggested Citation

Bekkers, René and Wiepking, Pamala, Generosity and Philanthropy: A Literature Review (October 28, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1015507 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1015507

René Bekkers (Contact Author)

Center for Philanthropic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1081
Amsterdam, 1081 HV
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://renebekkers.wordpress.com

Pamala Wiepking

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Department of Philanthropic Studies ( email )

De Boelelaan 1081
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands
+31 20 598 6922 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.wiepking.com

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