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"Charitable Giving: How Much, By Whom, To What, and Why."
Paul G. Schervish, John J. Havens and Mary A. O'Herlihy. The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook, Second Edition. Walter W. Powell and Richard Steinberg (eds.) Yale University Press. 2006. Four aspects of charitable giving are discussed in this chapter: how much is given in total; the patterns of giving broken down by demographic and behavioral characteristics; how much is given to various areas of need; and how donors are giving, that is, through outright cash gifts, or through more formal and strategic methods.
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"The Golden Age of Philanthropy?"
Estimates of the much anticipated "wealth transfer" in this country have been a topic of conversation in the nonprofit and financial worlds for years--and the numbers are staggering. By the year 2055 some $41 trillion will change hands as Americans pass their accumulated assets from one generation to the next. What kind of impact will this great wealth transfer have on the Greater Boston area? How might it affect the area's philanthropic and nonprofit sectors? Is there a way to prepare for this phenomenon that will enhance the potential for personal satisfaction on the part of wealth holders--and benefit the community as a whole? Learn more by following the links below.
The Boston Foundation Press Release: A Golden Age of Philanthropy?

A Golden Age of Philanthropy? The Impact of the Great Wealth Transfer on Greater Boston

Technical Report: Wealth Transfer Estimates: 2001-2055 Boston Metropolitan Area

"Leaving a Legacy of Care."
Paul G. Schervish, John Havens, and Albert Keith Whitaker. Philanthropy . Vol. 20, no. 1. pp. 11-13. January/February 2006.
A long-held view has been that the only reason the wealthy left money to charity was to escape the estate tax; remove the tax, and charitable bequests would plummet. Boston College's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy disputed these predictions, and our research indicates that as people become more financially secure, incentives more powerful than taxes incline them to support charity and to limit their bequests to heirs.
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"The Moral Biography of Wealth: Philosophical Reflections on the Foundation of Philanthropy."
Paul G. Schervish. Published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Volume 35, No. 3, pp. 477-492. September 2006.
Moral biography refers to the way all individuals conscientiously combine two elements in daily life: personal capacity and moral compass. Exploring the moral biography of wealth highlights the philosophical foundations of major gifts by major donors. First, the author provides several examples to elucidate his definition of moral biography. Second, he elaborates the elements of a moral biography. Third, he describes the characteristics that make one's moral biography a spiritual or religious biography. Fourth, he discusses the distinctive characteristics of a moral biography of wealth. Fifth, he suggests that implementing a process of discernment will enable development professionals to work more productively with donors. The author concludes by placing the notion of a moral biography of wealth in historical context and suggests how advancement professionals can deepen their own moral biography by working to deepen the moral biography of their donors.
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"Philanthropy's Janus-Faced Potential: The Dialectic of Care and Negligence Donors Face."

Paul G. Schervish. Published in Taking Philanthropy Seriously: Beyond Noble Intentions to Responsible Giving. Edited by William Damon and Susan Verducci. Indiana University Press, 2006.
Wealth-holders are capable of both extraordinary care and extraordinary carelessness in carrying out their philanthropy. This Janus-faced potential of philanthropy is explored as the dialectic of care and impairment, negligence, or dominion. This chapter explores this dialectic, drawing on intensive interviews with wealth-holders about their lives and philanthropy.
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"Washington, DC Wealth Transfer Study."
Paul G. Schervish and John J. Havens. The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy. Released July 26, 2006.
The authors of this study have used a version of their Wealth Transfer Microsimulation Model (WTMM) specially calibrated to the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area to derive findings concerning the level and distribution of household wealth, the amount and distribution of wealth transfer, and the amount and distribution of charitable giving in Washington, DC.
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"Wealth and Giving by the Numbers."
Paul Schervish and András Szántó. Published in Reflections: Excerpts from Wealth & Giving Forum Gatherings, Issue 2, pp. 31-49. Fall 2006.
How do individuals of means make decisions about how to allocate their wealth? what are their priorities in philanthropy? What obstacles do the face, and where could they use help? These are among the questions that the Wealth & Giving Forum has sought to answer in a series of interactive surveys conducted at their gatherings. The findings below are based on a survey of participants at the Forum's inaugural gathering in October 004.
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