Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 375–383 | Cite as

Corporate Giving Behavior and Decision-Maker Social Consciousness

  • Leland Campbell
  • Charles S. Gulas
  • Thomas S. Gruca


This paper investigates why some companies give to charity and others do not. The study uncovers a strong relationship between the personal attitudes of the charitable decision maker and the firm's giving behavior. This relationship indicates that the human element of personal attitudes may interact and play a very important role in a firm's decision to become involved with philanthropic activities. The study also shows that firms who have a history of giving to charity cite altruistic motives for their behavior. On the other hand, firms that do not give to charity tend to use business reasons to explain their non-involvement.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leland Campbell
    • 1
  • Charles S. Gulas
    • 1
  • Thomas S. Gruca
    • 1
  1. 1.Marketing DepartmentBentley CollegeWalthamU.S.A.

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