American Generosity: Who Gives and Why

Hardcover | March 15, 2016

byPatricia Snell Herzog, Heather E. Price

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American charitable giving veers from the hyperbolically generous to the hyperbolically stingy. On some days, no one has a quarter to spare; in times of disaster, Americans will put their lives on hold to build houses for those displaced by hurricanes. The crucial question of who gives and whythey do it lies at the heart of American Generosity.Patricia Snell Herzog and Heather E. Price, sociologists who focus on philanthropy, draw on findings from the groundbreaking Science of Generosity initiative, which combines a nationally representative survey of adult Americans with in-depth interviews and case studies. For most Americans, theyfind, the important forms of giving are: donating money, volunteering time, and taking political action. Focusing on these three types of activity, the authors go on to examine and analyze multiple dimensions of resources, social status, regional cultural norms, different approaches to giving,social-psychological orientation, and the relational contexts of generosity. Herzog and Price conclude that giving is supported by "circles of generosity," which ripple outward in their reach to targets of giving. The book offers not just analysis, but practical tips for readers who want to increasetheir own giving, for parents modeling giving to their children, spouses desiring alignment in their giving, and friends and community members seeking to support giving by others. The authors also provide explicit fundraising ideas for nonprofits, foundations, and religious leaders. Thought-provoking and accessibly written, American Generosity lays out a broad yet nuanced explanation of giving that sheds important new light on a topic that touches all of us in one way or another.

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American charitable giving veers from the hyperbolically generous to the hyperbolically stingy. On some days, no one has a quarter to spare; in times of disaster, Americans will put their lives on hold to build houses for those displaced by hurricanes. The crucial question of who gives and whythey do it lies at the heart of American Ge...

Patricia Snell Herzog is a co-investigator on the Science of Generosity Initiative and Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas. She is the co-author of Souls in Transition (2009) and Lost in Transition (2011). Heather E. Price is a co-investigator on the Science of Generosit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsForewordIntroduction - Who Gives and Why? American Generosity in PerspectiveCase Study Introductions - An In-Depth Look at Twelve Americans and Their Giving1. Picture of American Generosity: Participation in Giving Behaviors2. Landscape of American Generosity: Social Status and Regional Patterns3. Types of American Givers: Variations in Approaches to Giving4. Personal and Social Orientations to Giving: A Social Psychological Approach5. Giving Web of Affiliations: A Socio-Relational ApproachConclusion - Generosity, Philanthropy, and Civil Society in Social ContextMethodological AppendixesNotesIndex

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"American Generosity is a thoughtfully crafted project that offers significant contributions to the growing body of scholarship on the subject of financial giving. This study is the first of which I am aware to examine the contours and antecedents of generosity using such rich data sources,ranging from surveys to qualitative interviews and ethnographic research. Given the triangulation of these various methods and data sources along with the employment of a sound and eclectic theoretical approach, the volume offers a holistic examination of the subject." --John P. Bartkowski, Associate Editor of the Scientific Study of Religion