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"The Boston Area Diary Study and the Moral Citizenship of Care."

Paul G. Schervish and John J. Havens. Voluntas: International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations. Vol. 13, no 1, pp. 47-71, March 2002.
This paper describes the theoretical foundations, empirical findings, and practical implications of what we call the moral citizenship or moral economy of care. In particular, we present an identification model of care; discuss how it shaped the way we conceptualized, collected, and analyzed the data in our year-long diary study of daily voluntary assistance; and suggest that when civic engagement is properly defined and measured there may in fact be no deterioration in the physical or moral density of associational life as is suggested by many contemporary commentators.

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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. Woodrow Powell and Richard Steinberg (eds.) Yale University Press. 2002.

(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 New Philanthropists"
Paul G. Schervish. Boston Sunday Globe's Big Idea Page, March 03, 2002.

With so much wealth in play, more and more individuals come to recognize at an earlier age that their financial resources exceed the material needs of themselves and their family. Our studies reveal that these wealth-holders are joining their older peers as the new philanthropists. They seek out rather than resist greater charitable involvement. They approach their philanthropy in the same entrepreneurial spirit with which they made their fortunes. And they are making philanthropy a key element in the financial morality they pass on to their children.

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"The New Physics of Philanthropy: The Supply-Side Vectors of Charitable Giving. Part 2: The Spiritual Side of the Supply Side."

Paul G. Schervish and John J. Havens. The CASE International Journal of Educational Advancement. Vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 221-241, March 2002.
This two-part article analyzes the emerging financial and social-psychological forces that are increasingly influential in shaping charitable giving, especially by wealth holders. By referring to the new physics of philanthropy, we emphasize the increasing importance of material wealth and the desire to be efficacious in the commonwealth as supply-side factors, that is, as vectors actually inclining wealth holders toward a more steadfast commitment to philanthropy.

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"The Spiritual Secret of Wealth: The Inner Dynamics by which Fortune Engenders Care.”
Paul G. Schervish, with Mary A. O’Herlihy and John J. Havens. In Taking Fundraising Seriously: The Spirit of Faith and Philanthropy, edited by Dwight F. Burlingame. Vol. 35, pp.23-40. Spring 2002.
In this paper we draw on our intensive interviews with wealth holders in order to portray how the broader range of capacity and choice wrought by financial wherewithal can, under certain conditions, lead to deeper dispositions and directions of care. Certainly, the very same range of capacity and choice can lead to an opposite inclination to self-indulgence, moral quietude, and even social turpitude. The potential for wealth to reflect and produce depravity is a common concern and, despite its stark reality, does not need to be rehearsed here. As such, it is the former positive tendency, rather than the latter negative trajectory of wealth, that is the topic of this paper.

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