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The Challenges of Matching Private Sector Donations to the Humanitarian Needs and the Role of Brokers

27 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2009 Last revised: 8 Jun 2010

Date Written: June 8, 2010

Abstract

Based on prior research, we identify the advantages and disadvantages of different types of corporate donations to humanitarian response efforts. In this paper, we focus on the cash donation process of corporate donors to humanitarian organizations in the aftermath of a disaster. We find that in this context of high uncertainty and information asymmetry, the appeals and donations process presents significant challenges to both the donor and the recipient organizations. We discuss the role of broker organizations in addressing these challenges and expediting the donation process. We also suggest areas for further research on this topic.

Keywords: Humanitarian, Disasters, Cash Donations, Corporate Social Responsibility, Broker, Matching Demand, Relief

Suggested Citation

Tomasini, Rolando and Stapleton, Orla and Van Wassenhove, Luk N., The Challenges of Matching Private Sector Donations to the Humanitarian Needs and the Role of Brokers (June 8, 2010). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2010/41/TOM/INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1427171 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1427171

Rolando Tomasini (Contact Author)

INSEAD ( email )

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Orla Stapleton

INSEAD ( email )

Boulevard de Constance
77305 Fontainebleau Cedex
France

Luk N. Van Wassenhove

INSEAD ( email )

Boulevard de Constance
77 305 Fontainebleau Cedex
France
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(33) (0)1 60 72 40 49 (Fax)

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