Understanding Private Philanthropy in the European Context: What drives Charitable Giving and which Causes benefit?

Type Habilitation Project

Duration March 1, 2014 - Feb. 29, 2020

  • Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)


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  • Neumayr, Michaela (Details) Project Head

Abstract (German)

During the last decade, private philanthropy and its role to finance the public good have gained increased attention within Europe. In contrast to Anglo-Saxon countries, however, very little is known about charitable giving and its determinants, as scholarly research on this topic is only just emerging in most European countries. This project contributes to giving research by explaining individual charitable behaviour in the European context. First, it explores how different theoretical approaches contribute to explain donor behaviour and enhances the existing approaches with the concept of lifestyle. Second, it investigates the determinants of donor preferences for particular charitable causes and provides insights into the redistributive character of private giving. Finally, this research analyses how national policies, tax regulations, and welfare regimes influences giving behaviour in a cross-country comparison. The source data for the investigation derives from surveys in Austria, from Austrian tax records, and from two European surveys.


Journal article

2021 von Schnurbein, Georg, Rey-García, Marta, Neumayr, Michaela. 2021. Contemporary Philanthropy in the Spotlight: Pushing the Boundaries of Research on a Global and Contested Social Practice. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 32 (2), 185-193. open access (Details)
  Neumayr, Michaela, Pennerstorfer, Astrid. 2021. The relation between income and donations as a proportion of income revisited: literature review and empirical application. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 50 (3), 551-577. open access (Details)
2019 Neumayr, Michaela, Handy, Femida. 2019. Charitable Giving: What influences donors' choice among different causes? Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 30 (4), 783-799. (Details)
2018 De Wit, Arjen, Neumayr, Michaela, Handy, Femida, Wiepking, Pamala. 2018. Do Government Expenditures Shift Private Philanthropic Donations to Particular Fields of Welfare? Evidence from Cross-country Data. European Sociological Review. 34 (1), 6-21. (Details)

Chapter in edited volume

2017 Neumayr, Michaela, Schneider, Hanna. 2017. Research on Giving in Austria. In: Giving in Europe. The state of research on giving in 20 European countries, Hrsg. Hoolwerf, Barry L.K. & Schuyt, Theo, N.M. 26-38. Amsterdam: Lenthe Publishers. (Details)

Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2019 Schröder, Joris, Neumayr, Michaela. 2019. Civic Engagement in Times of Rising Inequality: How Socioeconomic Inequality Affects Charitable Giving, Volunteering and Nonprofit Membership. 48th Annual ARNOVA Conference, San Diego, Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 21.11-23.11. (Details)
2017 De Wit, Arjen, Neumayr, Michaela, Wiepking, Pamala, Handy, Femida. 2017. Government Expenditures and Philanthropic Donations: Exploring Crowding-Out with Cross-Country Data. 8th International Conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP), Kopenhagen, Dänemark, 13.07.-14.07. (Details)
2016 de Wit, Arjen, Neumayr, Michaela, Handy, Femida, Wiepking, Pamala. 2016. Government Support and Charitable Donations: A Test of Crowding-Out with New Cross-Country Data. ARNOVA, Washington, Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 17.11.-19.11. (Details)
  Wiepking, Pamala, Handy, Femida, Park, Sohyun, Bekkers, Rene, Bethmann, Steffen, Breen , Oonagh, Breeze, Beth, Einolf, Christopher J., Katz, Hagai A., Kang, Chulhee, Krasnopolskaya , Irina, Layton , Michael D., Kuang-Ta Lo, Vance , Neumayr, Michaela, Osili, Una, Pessi, Anne Birgitta , Sivesind, Karl-Henrik, Scaife, Wendy, De Wit, Arjen, Yamauchi, Naoto . 2016. The Matthew Effect in Philanthropy: How Philanthropic Structure Enables Philanthropic Giving. ARNOVA, Washington, Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 17.11.-19.11. (Details)

eBook/chapter in eBook

Forthcoming Neumayr, Michaela and Schneider, Hanna. Forthcoming. Austria. Mapping The Current State of Giving Research in Europe. European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP). Amsterdam: None. (Details)

Unpublished lecture

2018 Neumayr, Michaela. 2018. The State of Philanthropy in Central Europe. CEU Philanthropy Week, Central European University, Budapest, 29.11.18 (Details)


  • 5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)