Quotation Wiepking, Pamala, Handy, Femida, Park, Sohyun, Neumayr, Michaela, Bekkers, René, Breeze, Beth, de Wit, Arjen, Einolf, Chris, Gricevic, Zbignev, Scaife, Wendy, Bethmann, Steffen, Breen, Oonagh B., Kang, Chulhee, Katz, Hagai, Krasnopolskaya, Irina, Layton, Michael D., Mersianova, Irina, Lo, Kuang-Ta, Osili, Una, Pessi, Anne Birgitta, Sivesind, Karl Henrik, Yamauchi, Naoto, Yang, Yongzheng. 2021. Global Philanthropy: Does Institutional Context Matter for Charitable Giving? Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 50 (4), 697-728.




In this paper, we examine whether and how the institutional context matters when understanding individuals’ giving to philanthropic organizations. We posit that both the individuals’ propensity to give and the amounts given are higher in countries with a stronger institutional context for philanthropy. We examine key factors of formal and informal institutional contexts for philanthropy at both the organizational and societal levels, including regulatory and legislative frameworks, professional standards, and social practices. Our results show that while aggregate levels of giving are higher in countries with stronger institutionalization, multi-level analyses of 118,788 individuals in 19 countries show limited support for the hypothesized relationships between institutional context and philanthropy. The findings suggest the need for better comparative data to understand the complex and dynamic influences of institutional contexts on charitable giving. This, in turn, would support the development of evidence-based practices and policies in the field of global philanthropy.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title Global Philanthropy: Does Institutional Context Matter for Charitable Giving?
Volume 50
Number 4
Year 2021
Page from 697
Page to 728
Reviewed? Y
URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0899764021989444
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764021989444
Open Access N


Neumayr, Michaela (Details)
Bekkers, René (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Bethmann, Steffen (Universität Basel, Switzerland)
Breen, Oonagh B. (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Breeze, Beth (University of Kent, United Kingdom)
de Wit, Arjen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Einolf, Chris (Northern Illinois University, United Kingdom)
Gricevic, Zbignev (Humboldt-Universität, Germany)
Handy, Femida (University of Pennsylvania, United States/USA)
Kang, Chulhee (Yonsei University, Republic of Korea)
Katz, Hagai (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
Krasnopolskaya, Irina (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation)
Layton, Michael D. (Grand Valley State University, United States/USA)
Lo, Kuang-Ta (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
Mersianova, Irina (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation)
Osili, Una (Indiana University Purdue University, United States/USA)
Park, Sohyun (Yonsei University, Republic of Korea)
Pessi, Anne Birgitta (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Scaife, Wendy (QUT Business School, Australia)
Sivesind, Karl Henrik (Institutt for Samfunnsforskning, Norway)
Wiepking, Pamala (Indiana University Purdue University, United States/USA)
Yamauchi, Naoto (Osaka University, Japan)
Yang, Yongzheng (Indiana University Purdue University, United States/USA)
Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
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