University of Chicago receives funding for a study on philanthropy
December 11, 2012
The University of Chicago recently received a $4.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation
for its initiative to learn more about philanthropy. John List is the initiative's director and also the principal investigator of the study. He explains that despite what we think we know about people's motivation for giving, there is still a lot to learn about the economics of philanthropy.
List is working with Anya Samak, an assistant professor in consumer science and economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Jean Decety, the Irving B. Harris Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry at UChicago and other scholars from the University of Minnesota, Georgia State University and Brown University.
"The generous grant from the Templeton Foundation allows researchers around the world to develop an in-depth understanding of the underlying motives for charitable giving that will allow us to advance new strategies for soliciting gifts, improve donors' well-being and increase giving," List said. He adds that this knowledge will become even more important if Congress decides to repeal tax breaks for charitable contributions.
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