Fundraising in times of crisis


Podcast "Philanthropy in question(s)" - Episode 4

Fundraising in Times of Crisis - John Godfrey & Alexandra Williamson

In this fourth episode, we feature an article that is very useful in these times. John Godfrey and Alexandra Williamson analyze the impact of economic crises on fundraising. Anne Monier presents 7 results of their research.

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The seven main ideas of the article:

In this episode, Anne Monier revisits the five main ideas developed by Godfrey and Williamson in their article:

  • The data isn't that clear.

  • People don't stop giving during crises.

  • It's not just the amounts that vary during recessions, but also the way they give.

  • Impact varies by type of donor.

  • There are different variations in giving by major donors.

  • There are differences between sectors.

  • Fluctuations in giving are multi-factorial, so it is difficult to attribute them to the economic crisis alone.

➡️ Listen to the whole episode to find out more!

Other articles on the topic

  • Godfrey, J., Williamson, A. (2020) « The impact of recessions on fundraising: A systematic review of the literature », Third Sector Review, 26(1), pp. 6-33.

  • Anheier, H. K. (2009) « The Global Economic Downturn, Philanthropy and Nonprofits: Reflections on what it means, and what to do ». Heidelberg: Centre for Social Investment.

  • Brooks, A. C. (2018) « How did the Great Recession affect charitable giving? » Public Finance Review, 46: 715-742.

  • Klein, K. (2004) Fundraising in Times of Crisis. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

  • Osili, U. O., Ackerman, J. & Li, Y. (2019a) « Economic effects on million dollar giving ». Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 48: 417-439.

  • Blondel Aurélie, « Dons : des Français durablement plus généreux après la crise sanitaire ? », Le Monde, 13 Avril 2021

  • Warwick Mal, « Fundraising in Tough Times », Stanford Social Innovation Review, Printemps 2009

  • Fagot Vincent, « En France, les levées de fonds ne connaissent pas la crise », Le Monde, 2 Octobre 2020

  • Lefèvre Gaétane, Delanoë Eléonore, Pache Anne-Claire, Gautier Arthur, « Être solidaire en temps de crise : comment donner efficacement ? », The Conversation, 13 Mai 2020

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