The influence of religion on philanthropy


Podcast "Philanthropy in question(s)" - Episode 13

The influence of religion on philanthropy - Henrietta Grönlund & Anne Birgitta Pessi

How can religion influence our giving?

The link between philanthropy and religion can be thought of in many ways. In this episode, Anne Monier presents an article by Henrietta Grönlund and Anne Birgitta Pessi that looks at the influence of religion on giving behavior. It shows how different ways of being religious influence generosity differently.

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The four main ideas of the article:

In this episode, Anne Monier revisits the four main ideas developed in the text:

  • The clear correlation between religion and prosocial behavior.

  • Religious traditions are the foundation of philanthropy.

  • Religious institutions have contributed to the establishment of broader social structures, and have links to states.

  • The more specific link between religion and philanthropic giving.

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Other articles on the topic

  • Grönlund, H., Pessi, A.B. (2015). The Influence of Religion on Philanthropy across Nations. In: Wiepking, P., Handy, F. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

  • Tuğal, Cihan. “The Spiritual Transformation of Giving: Generosity’s Constitution of the Self and Community in Post-Religious Society.” Social Compass, vol. 68, no. 1, Mar. 2021, pp. 98–114.

  • Davis, Thomas J., editor. Religion in Philanthropic Organizations: Family, Friend, Foe? 2nd ed., Indiana University Press, 2013.

  • Yasin, Kidist I., Anita G. Adams, and David P. King. 2020. "How Does Religion Affect Giving to Outgroups and Secular Organizations? A Systematic Literature Review"; Religions 11, no. 8: 405.

  • King P. David, « Religion, Charity and Philanthropy in America », Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion in America, ed. by John Corrigan. Oxford University Press, 2018.

  • King David, « Why faith inspires people to give » , The Conversation, 2017.

  • Destrée Jean-Marie, « La dimension religieuse en France et en Europe » , Revue des deux mondes, 2012.

  • « Eglise et mécénat. L’appel du don » , Carenews, Juillet 2018.

  • Gautier Arthur, "Les huit motivations du don" , Linkedin, 2018.

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