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Home or Abroad? Determinants of Major Charitable Giving to Domestic vs. International Causes
by Call, Michael D., Ph.D., Indiana Institute of Technology, 2017, 190; 28030116
Abstract (Summary)

This study provides insight into demographic and psychographic distinctions between major donors ($10,000 USD or more in a single gift) to domestic causes, international causes, and both types of causes. A simple random sample telephone survey of 410 U.S. individuals with annual household incomes of $250,000 or more and who have a history of charitable giving provided data for this analysis. Of these 410 respondents, 118 had given only to domestic causes in the past 12 months, 143 had given only to international causes, and 149 had given to both types of causes. All of these gifts met the filter of at least $10,000. Items in the survey included demographic data, number of major gifts to charity, sizes of gifts, type of recipient organization, and psychographic traits. These psychographic traits included experiential traits of childhood extracurricular activities, childhood volunteering, childhood religiosity, childhood traumatic events, adult religiosity, and adult engagement in civic groups. Values-based psychographic analysis relied on Kahle’s List of Values (LOV). A test for Chronbach’s alpha verified the data were reliable. Statistical analyses conducted include tests of correlation and association, multiple regression analysis, discriminant function analysis, and multinomial regression analysis. Results show significant differences between major donors to domestic causes only, major donors to international causes only, and major donors to both types of causes. Determinants of major giving to domestic causes only include the LOV traits of self-fulfillment and sense of belonging, as well as the experiential traits of childhood traumatic event, childhood religiosity, and adult engagement in civic groups; determinants of major giving to international causes only include the LOV value of being well respected and the experiential trait of childhood extracurricular activities. Determinants of major giving to both types of causes include the LOV trait of being well respected and the experiential trait of adult engagement in civic groups, as well as the demographic traits of being a single male not living with or married to a partner. Two models are presented for further research and insights.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schaffer, James B.
Commitee: Dusseau, Steven P., Barcalow, Douglas A.
School: Indiana Institute of Technology
Department: Global Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Public administration, Business administration, Marketing
Keywords: Charity, Contribution, Donations, Leadership, Major gift, Nonprofit
Publication Number: 28030116
ISBN: 9798662494732
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