Department of Economics
College Station, TX 77843
Institutional Affiliation: Texas A&M University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|November 2018||High-Capacity Donors’ Preferences for Charitable Giving|
with Catherine Eckel, Jonathan Meer, Wei Zhan: w25290
How can charities solicit high-capacity donors to provide the funds for matching grants and leadership gifts? In conjunction with one of Texas A&M University’s fundraising organizations, we conducted a field experiment to study whether high-income donors respond to non-personal solicitations, as well as the effect of allowing for directed giving on high-income donors and their willingness to direct their donations towards overhead costs. We found that high-income donors are not responsive to letters or e-mails. The option to direct giving had no effect on the probability of donating or the amount donated. Our results suggest that motivating high-income donors requires more personal communication.