The Philanthropy Paradox
Prism the Gift Fund
A THINK PIECE COMMISSIONED BY PRISM THE GIFT FUND. RESEARCHED AND WRITTEN BY DR BETH BREEZE, CENTRE FOR PHILANTHROPY, UNIVERSITY OF KENT
Prism commissioned a survey by NatCen of 1,215 interviews with a random sample of the population across the UK to investigate attitudes to philanthropic giving. Two known paradoxes are noted – that donors tend to benefit alongside those they intend to help, and that wealth accumulation tends to precede distribution - before new data is presented to illustrate a third paradox about philanthropy in the UK: that the public holds a generally positive view about the things philanthropy pays for, whilst at the same time holding many negative opinions about those doing the paying.
Key findings include:
- Charitable giving is a very common but largely private matter in the UK
- Most people believe that philanthropic donations make a positive contribution to society
- There is less widespread agreement that philanthropists are good for society (only 53% of the lower income group concur). 18.2% agree that negative perceptions might deter donors, and most people do not trust donors to do what is right with their donations
- Awareness, and support for, tax incentives to encourage charitable giving are highest amongst older and higher income people
- Awareness of Donor Advised Funds is very low, but they appeal to many different types of donor
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