Getting the rich and powerful to give


Podcast "Philanthropy in question(s)" - Episode 23

Getting the rich and powerful to give - Kessler, Milkman & Zhang

Do rich and powerful donors react differently than others when given a sense of agency and the impression that they can choose where their donation goes? 

In this last episode before the summer break, Arthur Gautier, Professor and Executive Director at the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair, presents an article by Judd Kessler, Katherine Milkman and Yiwei Zhang published in 2019 in Management Science, entitled "Getting the rich and powerful to give". This experimental field study seeks to see whether a mailing that gives the impression of being able to direct one's donation is more effective, in terms of fundraising, than the same mailing without this possibility - and whether this effect is more striking for the wealthiest and most powerful people in the sample. 

A rigorous and inspiring piece of research, both for researchers and for fundraising professionals!

The two main results of the study:

Arthur Gautier highlights in this episode the two main results of the study:

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