Religious Attitudes and Charitable Donations

Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 17, no. 2 (2015): 52-65.

14 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2013 Last revised: 9 Feb 2016

See all articles by Robert Eger

Robert Eger

Government of the United States of America - Graduate School of Business and Public Policy

Bruce McDonald

North Carolina State University

Amanda L. Wilsker

Georgia State University

Date Written: October 22, 2014

Abstract

Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in the United States, often providing goods and services to populations where no alternative is available. We expand the understanding of nonprofit management by focusing on the influence of an individual’s religious attitude on their charitable donations. Using a survey of 1,530 households, we find that religiously conservative individuals contribute more than liberals both in terms of support to religiously affiliated nonprofits and total donations to nonprofit organizations. The findings of this study hold important implications for nonprofits in terms of the types of services they provide and the stipulations placed upon service recipients.

Keywords: charitable donations, religious attitude

JEL Classification: P46

Suggested Citation

Eger, Robert and McDonald, Bruce and Wilsker, Amanda L., Religious Attitudes and Charitable Donations (October 22, 2014). Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 17, no. 2 (2015): 52-65., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2256020 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2256020

Robert Eger

Government of the United States of America - Graduate School of Business and Public Policy ( email )

555 Dyer Road
Monterey, CA 93943
United States
831-656-7625 (Phone)

Bruce McDonald (Contact Author)

North Carolina State University ( email )

School of Public and International Affairs
Campus Box 8102
Raleigh, NC 27695
United States
919-515-2481 (Phone)

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

Amanda L. Wilsker

Georgia State University ( email )

Atlanta, GA 30303
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
113
Abstract Views
692
rank
299,633
PlumX Metrics