What Motivates Philanthropy? Learning from Field Experiments Across the Income Distribution
May 7th, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.

What Motivates Philanthropy? Learning from Field Experiments Across the Income Distribution

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Virtual Event

Chicago, IL

What Motivates Philanthropy? Learning from Field Experiments Across the Income Distribution

Why do people give? Whether you’re a nonprofit leader or a seasoned board member, the answer to this question is vital but often elusive. As the pandemic has forced nonprofits to rethink their funding strategies and sources, understanding the motivations behind people’s giving is more critical now than ever before. Delivered by John List, the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago and a leading researcher in fundraising, this interactive, Q&A-style session will examine some lasting, universal truths about donor motivations through the lens of the emergent fundraising challenges that COVID-19 has created. Bring your questions about all-things fundraising, from donor gender disparities, the role of altruism, and giving in the age of COVID-19.

Speaker

John List

Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, University of Chicago

John A. List is the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. List joined the UChicago faculty in 2005, and served as chairman of the Department of Economics from 2012-2018. For decades, List’s field experimental research has focused on issues related to the inner-workings of markets, the effects of various incentives schemes on market equilibria and allocations, how behavioral economics can augment the standard economic model, early childhood education and interventions, charitable giving, and the gender earnings gap in the gig economy. His research includes over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and several published books, including the 2013 international best-seller, The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life (with Uri Gneezy).