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Springer Gabler - VWL - Wirtschaft, Finanzen, Soziales | On Collective Goods, Voluntary Contributions, and Fundraising

On Collective Goods, Voluntary Contributions, and Fundraising

von Kotzebue, Alexander

2014, XI, 115 p. 9 illus.

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  • ​Publication in the field of economic sciences

Alexander von Kotzebue investigates the interdependency of charitable giving, fundraising, and governmental intervention. His study comprises a literature survey, a model of the donor-fundraiser relation, and finally, an econometric analysis of the impact of fundraising on giving behaviour. The survey introduces theoretical approaches to donor motivation, groups them according to their central assumptions, and assesses their empirical relevance. The theoretical analysis takes for granted that fundraising is an integral part of the giving process, and models the potential conflict concerning the amount of fundraising exerted. Fundraising typically displays an ambiguous effect on donor utility. The empirical analysis employs two extensive datasets to investigate this complex donor-fundraiser relation, while establishing a convincing link of donor-level data to non-profit financial data.



  • Collective Goods, Voluntary Contributions, and Intermediation: A Literature Survey
  • A Theoretical Approach to Strategic Donor-Fundraiser Interaction
  • An Empirical Investigation of Donor-Fundraiser Interaction


Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the fields of microeconomics and econometrics, interested in public finance and game theory
  • Members of non-profit organisations and fundraising experts


About the Author

Alexander von Kotzebue served as research assistant in Erlangen-Nuremberg and at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he received his PhD in Economics.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Charitable Giving - Fundraising - Non-profit Organisations - Public Finance - Public Goods

Related subjects » Operations Research - Wirtschaft, Finanzen, Soziales

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