The Relationship Between Volunteerism and Charitable Giving: Intergenerational Context

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Director of the Center for Studies of the Nonprofit Sector and Civil Society, Head of the Chair Economics and Management of NPOs
Affiliation: National Research University Higher School of Economics
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Occupation: Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Studies of the Nonprofit Sector and Civil Society
Affiliation: National Research University Higher School of Economics
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Occupation: Senior Lecturer of the Department for Applied Economics, the Economics Faculty
Affiliation: National Research University Higher School of Economics
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 10

The rise of private donations, both in Russia and abroad, has become a leading factor in the formation of the nonprofits’ resource base. A considerable number of studies have looked into socio-demographic factors positively associated with charity, such as age, education and income level. This paper explicitly targets the association between parental volunteering and the participation of children in charitable donations as they grow up. The study draws on the results of an All-Russia Representative Survey (N=1,200). The results of the survey provide solid evidence supporting the conclusion about a significant and positive relationship between volunteering and charitable giving in the context of intergenerational transmission. The results of the regression analysis demonstrate stability with the change of the model specification and a set of control variables. This paper confirms prior findings by international scholars about the twofold effect of parental volunteering: parents who volunteer are more likely to have children who also volunteer, and parents who volunteer are more likely to have children who donate. The conclusions of this study reinforce prior research that established the effect of volunteering on charity. The insights generated from the analysis of the relationship between parental volunteering and children’s charitable giving have implications for better understanding of factors that influence charitable giving. The paper has immediate practice relevance for nonprofits. Considering the results of this research, nonprofits can develop long-term fundraising strategies, including programs that allow both parents and children to participate in volunteering. 

Keywordsvolunteerism, charitable giving, monetary donations, intergenerational transmission, regression analysis
AcknowledgmentThis work was supported by the Program for Basic Research of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.
Publication date13.10.2019
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