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The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy

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  • Provides an indispensable guide to the latest research in philanthropy, the non-profit sector and charitable giving
  • An invaluable book for researchers wishing to formulate policies to improve philanthropy in their regions
  • An essential resource for all scholars of philanthropy, this book explores the practice of philanthropy across 26 nations and regions.

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The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy is a comprehensive reference guide to the practice of philanthropy across twenty-six nations and regions. In addition, thematic chapters examine cross-national issues to provide an indispensable guide to the latest research in this field. Drawing on theoretical insights from sociology, economics, political science, and psychology, and including a stellar international line-up of leading philanthropy scholars, this essential reference work describes the non-profit sector and analyzes philanthropic endeavours country by country, providing a global overview that covers Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the Americas. In addition, thematic chapters examine cross-national issues, including the social origins of the non-profit sector and charitable giving; the influence of government support; the role of religion; fiscal incentives; and fundraising to outline how major country-specific differences in governmental, economic, and legal policies for philanthropic actors and nonprofit organizations shape philanthropic giving, demonstrating how country-specific factors may facilitate or inhibit charitable giving. Nonprofit organizations provide important public goods and services in societies across the world. In times of economic crisis, when governments are forced to decrease public spending, these organizations become even more important in meeting demands for these goods and services. But what motivates individuals to voluntarily give away portions of their own financial resources to benefit the public good and to enable nonprofit organizations to carry out their work? Why do people in one country give more frequently and more generously to nonprofit organizations than those in another? The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy provides an indispensable guide to the latest research in philanthropy, the non-profit sector and charitable giving.

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Table of contents (34 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Countries: Philanthropy across the World


“The book deserves to be read by students of nonprofit studies, economics, sociology, political science, and public administration who are interested in fundraising and social policy. It is also a must read for researchers and practitioners who are involved in international development and fundraising.” (Abhishek Bhati, Voluntas, 2017)

“The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy calls itself a ‘comprehensive reference guide to the practice of Philanthropy’. … the work is superb, featuring in-depth looks at donor behaviour in 25 individual countries plus the Caribbean region and solid analysis of the field at the global level. … it will be enjoyed by anyone with a general familiarity with the non-profit sector and philanthropy. Rich in content the handbook represents an important contribution to the study and practice of philanthropy.” (John Harvey, Alliance, Vol. 21 (1), March, 2016)

“The ten-page list of contributors reveals an international group of outstanding scholars of philanthropy and by providing institutional affiliation, educational background and research interests will serve as a directory for those wishing to begin their own research into the nature and evolution of philanthropic giving. This handbook is essential for institutions with philanthropic studies programmes and because the content is so well organized and clearly written it will appeal to graduate and undergraduate students writing from many different perspectives.” (Anthony Raymond, Reference Reviews, Vol. 30 (7), 2016) 

"This is a truly fantastic piece of scholarship. The level of detail in which each of the countries is studied is exceptional. What particularly stands out is the amount of new data and analysis presented here. A book which gave a country-specific overview of such a range of countries using existing literature would be a useful resource in itself, but to have so much new data makes this book an essential resource for all scholars of philanthropy." - Eddy Hogg, University of Kent, UK

"The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy drills down into what makes philanthropic giving tick in 26 countries with five thematic chapters that synthesize the overall findings. Theories from economics, sociology, political science and psychology serve as a basis for the exploration. This is a significant step forward in bringing together what is known about what influences philanthropy and how these influences may be instrumental in shaping a society's giving. The Handbook will be an invaluable resource to researchers in the field generally, but particularly to those wishing to formulate policies in improve philanthropy in their regions." - Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

"With The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy, editors Pamala Wiepking and Femida Handy have made an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the international trends and context-specific factors that explain differences in why people in some countries give more generously to nonprofits. Never before has this level of detail on individual giving across such a diverse range of countries been analyzed. A remarkable group of leading scholars from a variety of disciplines offer cogent, contextual explanations for 25 countries and one region as well as providing reflections on major cross-cutting issues of philanthropy. The Handbook is a required resource for scholars, professionals and policy-makers in assessing an increasingly globalized philanthropy." - Susan Phillips, Carleton University, Canada

"The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy is an invaluable resource to anyone engaged in research, policy decisions or practice in the fields of philanthropy and charitable giving. Pamala Wiepking and Femida Handy have secured the collaboration of renowned philanthropy scholars in 26 countries. Their contribution is not limited to presenting an overview of the state of philanthropy across nations, but look deeper into the country-level differences at the micro level and consider a broad range of factors explaining intra and cross-countries differences in giving." - Bernard Enjolras, Institute for Social Research, Norway

"This is an important book for the field of research on philanthropy. The volume presents evidence on charitable giving from the best data sources currently available for a large number of countries around the globe. Wiepking and Handy have worked hard to present a consistent and informative analysis of engagement in philanthropy in these countries." - René Bekkers, The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Netherlands

"This handbook is an outstanding and unique effort to provide a comprehensive overview on private philanthropy in 26 nations all across the world. It provides substantiated analyses of differences between nations that go far beyond established concepts of nonprofit-regimes. Moreover, the collection of in-depth, multi-faceted and data-based analyses of so many different countries contribute to a deeper understanding of philanthropy and nonprofit-sectors even in parts of the world which have been blind spots for too long. All continents and a wide range of cultural regions are represented. This is an enormous step for cross-national research on philanthropy and giving." - Michael Meyer, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Editors and Affiliations

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

    Pamala Wiepking

  • School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, USA

    Femida Handy

About the editors

David Lasby, Imagine Canada, Canada Cathy Barr, Imagine Canada, Canada Eleanor Brown, Pomona College, USA Christopher J. Einolf, DePaul University, USA Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm, Indiana University, USA Michael D. Layton, Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, Mexico Valérie Mossel, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands Sharilyn Hale, Watermark Philanthropic Advising, Canada Michaela Neumayr, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria Franziska Bieri, Emory University, USA Neven T. Valev, Purdue University, USA Arthur Gautier ESSCA Business School, France Anne-Claire Pache, ESSEC Business School, France Henrietta Grönlund, University of Helsinki, Finland Anne Birgitta Pessi, University of Helsinki, Finland Marius Mews, University of Hamburg, Germany Silke Boenigk, University of Hamburg, Germany Oonagh B. Breen, University College Dublin, Ireland James Carroll, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Pamala Wiepking, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands René Bekkers, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands Karl Henrik Sivesind, Institute for Social Research, Norway Irina Mersiyanova, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia Lev Jakobson, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia Irina Krasnopolskaya, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia Georg von Schnurbein, University of Basel, Switzerland Steffen Bethmann, University of Heidelberg, Germany Beth Breeze, University of Kent, UK Peter Halfpenny, University of Manchester, UK Karl Wilding, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, UK Catherine Herrold, Indiana University, USA Hagai Katz, Ben-Gurion University, Israel Itay Greenspan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Khaldoun AbouAssi, Texas A&M University, US Wang Xinsong, Beijing Normal University, China Liu Fengqin, Beijing Normal University, China Nan Fang, Beijing Normal University, China Zhao Xiaoping, Beijing Normal University, China Xiulan Zhang, Beijing Normal University, China Elaine Chan, University of Hong Kong, China Wai Fung Lam, University of Hong Kong, China Una Okonkwo Osili, Indiana University, USA Ça?la Okten, Bilkent University, Turkey Naoko Okuyama, Kobe University, Japan Naoto Yamauchi, Osaka University, Japan Chulhee Kang, Yonsei University, Korea Erica Yoonkyung Auh, Ewha Womans University, Korea Younghye Hur, Yonsei University, Korea Kuang-Ta Lo, National Chengchi University, Taiwan Shih-Ying Wu, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan Phuong Anh Nguyen, University of Pennsylvania, USA Dana R.H. Doan, LIN Center for Community Development, Vietnam Wendy Scaife, Queensland University of Technology, Australia Alexandra Williamson. Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Australia Katie McDonald, Australia.

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