Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy: The Case of Small Australian Firms

Posted: 17 Nov 2009

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Michael T. Schaper

Curtin University of Technology - Curtin Business School - Bentley Campus

Lawson K Savery

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

Little is currently known about the nature of philanthropic activities engaged in by microbusinesses. Only limited knowledge exists about the type of charitable contribution made, the causes for which such gifts are made, and what firm characteristics (if any) can be reliably used to predict the likelihood of an organisation's philanthropic activity. A study of 95 Western Australian microbusinesses revealed that most respondents did not contribute to any charitable causes. Of the minority that did provide some support, their clear preference was via a financial contribution rather than "hands-on" involvement. The most popular destinations for financial contributions were to environmental, health, religious, and sporting causes; cultural and educational bodies received much lower contributions. Testing of firm and owner demographics revealed few statistically meaningful associations which might be used to predict a firm's inclination for charitable giving. Only education levels of the owner/manager were positively associated with giving propensity.(Publication abstract)

Keywords: Philanthropy, Business conditions, Social responsibilities, Corporate citizenship, Microenterprises, Social factors

Suggested Citation

Schaper, Michael T. and Savery, Lawson K, Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy: The Case of Small Australian Firms (2004). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1506779

Michael T. Schaper (Contact Author)

Curtin University of Technology - Curtin Business School - Bentley Campus ( email )

GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845
Australia

Lawson K Savery

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