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"Embarking on a Republic of Benevolence: New Survey Finding on Charitable Giving."
Paul G. Schervish and John J. Havens. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 27, no. 2 (June 1998): 237-242.

In this article, the authors provide a tentative answer to a vexing statistical question about the level of charitable giving in the United States: Why does the Independent Sector's (IS) "Survey of Giving and Volunteering" consistently estimate personal contributions to nonprofit organizations to be 65% to 75% lower than corresponding estimates reported by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC)?

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"Empowerment and Beneficence: Strategies of Living and Giving Among the Wealthy."
Final Report of The Study on Wealth and Philanthropy. Paul G. Schervish and Andrew Herman. Presentation of findings from the Study on Wealth and Philanthropy submitted to the T.B. Murphy Foundation Charitable Trust, July 1988.
This report presents the findings of a thematic analysis of in depth interviews with 130 millionaires about their business, spiritual and philanthropic biographies. We review the research design and methodology of the "Study on Wealth and Philanthropy;" locate the study of wealth and philanthropy within the general framework of the sociology of money; explore the themes of identity formation and world-building; and examine sixteen distinct strategies of philanthropy among the wealthy.

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"Estate Tax: "Philanthropy Can Thrive Without the Estate Tax."

Paul G. Schervish. Chronicle of Philanthropy, 11 January, 2001.
What will be the consequences for charity of a dismantling of the estate tax? Contrary to many Paul Schervish concludes that reducing or repealing the tax will have positive benefits for charities. Read his controversial editorial from the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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"Explaining the U in the U-Shaped Curve."
Paul G. Schervish and John J. Havens. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 6, no. 2, (Aug. 1995): 202-225.
In this paper we inquire about the relative generosity of that sub-population of households that donate to charitable causes. We base our analysis on data collected in the "1990 National Survey of Giving and Volunteering in the United States" conducted by the Gallup Organization for the Independent Sector.

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"Extended Report of the Wealth with Responsibility Study / 2000."
Paul G. Schervish and John J. Havens. March 2001.
The report presents findings from the "Wealth with Responsibility Study / 2000," the purpose of which was to discover how wealth holders think about and act on the capacity of their wealth to affect their own lives, to shape the lives of their heirs, and to improve the lives of others. This extended presentation of findings includes complete tables.

Download the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy/ Bankers Trust Report(76KB)
Download Published Article: "The Mind of the Millionare: Findings from a National Survey on Wealth with Responsibility" (3.6MB)
Download the 1998 Study on Wealth with Responsibility Survey Questionnaire (640KB)
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