Nonprofit Partisanship

25 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2021

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Baran Han

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Benjamin Ho

Vassar College

Zizhe Xia

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 11, 2020


We establish a novel measurement of nonprofit organization ideology using semantic text analysis and validate it with a large-scale online experiment. On average, health- related nonprofits as well as education-related organizations, including US universities, are the most left-leaning group.

Religion-related nonprofits, on the other hand, are the most conservative. We then examine whether ”rage donations” for selected lib- eral nonprofits right after the Trump elections documented by the media hold true more generally across different sectors over different presidential elections. We find no evidence that expected shifts in ideology of a government systematically influence donations differently depending on nonprofit ideology.

Suggested Citation

Han, Baran and Ho, Benjamin and Xia, Zizhe, Nonprofit Partisanship (November 11, 2020). KDI School of Pub Policy & Management Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

Baran Han (Contact Author)

KDI School of Public Policy and Management ( email )

P.O. Box 184
Seoul, 130-868
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Benjamin Ho

Vassar College ( email )

124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
United States

Zizhe Xia

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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