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"The Science of Giving will be of interest to psychologists and economists interested in understanding how people decide whether, when, and how much to donate to charitable causes. It could also be a valuable supplement as a textbook for an upper level class in applications of social psychology. This book will also give all readers much to consider about their own charitable giving." - Catherine A. Sanderson, Amherst College, USA, in PsycCRITIQUES

"The Science of Giving is full of information that may help a fundraiser make better decisions about how to approach donors. ... The book is a fine reference for the science of charitable giving as it stands today. ... [The Science of Giving] will yield many insights that can be applied to any organization's fundraising approach." - Joanne Fritz, About.com Guide

"I picked up this book and could not put it down. It masterfully links several important contributions on the market for charity. The even-handed approach should appeal to a broad audience, including academics, policymakers, and the general reader interested in the economics and psychology of charity markets." - John A. List, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Chicago, USA

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  • Series: The Society for Judgment and Decision Making Series
  • Hardcover: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Psychology Press; 1 edition (October 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848728859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848728851
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why do people give to charity? What causes some to give so much more than others? What determines which causes people will support and which they will feel less compelled to contribute to? This book answers these questions, and more!

The editors have done a superb job of putting together a great collection of chapters written by academic researchers who study the psychology of charitable giving. For anyone interested in factors affecting how much people give and/or as what types of causes they tend to contribute to, this book will prove truly fascinating. The book also discusses groundbreaking research on the many psychological benefits of contributing to others. Finally, if you are a fundraiser trying to maximize the value donors receive from the contributions they make to your cause, this book is a must read.
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Highly recommended for anyone who works in the non-profit sector.
If you are looking to increase volunteer contributions - financially, philosophically, or labor/time - this text compiles a broad base of psychological and sociological research into the reasons that we give in human society.
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An excellent book that uncovers the secrets of the counter-intuitive sides of human psychology and gives concrete principles that should be applied by charity fundraisers in all areas. I was surprised to read, for example, that people sometimes donate more after putting themselves though painful tasks because they feel more gratified - and the book is packed with such interesting observations. Everything is backed with actual scientific experiments - the authors are not making guesses.
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By D. L. Miller on February 12, 2015
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They need to issue a second volume as there are even more studies and papers that could have been included. Great book, quite singular. This is great work being done that's immensely helpful to fundraisers. I am very familiar with the field and as mentioned would liked to have seen this bigger or in two volumes.
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I enjoyed reading this book, because I love data. It was current, logical and well presented. Thank you for writing it!
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