Charity Begins at Home? Investigating the role of national identity in donation preferences towards local, national and international charities

Hart, David (2015) Charity Begins at Home? Investigating the role of national identity in donation preferences towards local, national and international charities. In: AM2015 - Academy of Management Conference 2015: The Magic in Marketing, 7th - 9th July 2015, Limerick, Ireland.

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Abstract

A growing number of charities across the UK are competing for donations from the general public, and donors are faced with a plethora of options when choosing charitable causes to support. One criteria that may be used in this respect is distance; that is, whether the beneficiaries of their donations are based locally, nationally or internationally. It has been argued that donors who feel a moral obligation to co-nationals are more likely to donate to charities closer to home. Such an obligation may be borne from a sense of national identity, a person’s sense of attachment to their home country.

Equally, recent changes in the UK’s political environment, primarily the austerity measures first implemented in 2010 and growing criticism around the allocation of overseas aid, may subsequently change how donors feel about donating to international charities.

This study aims to investigate if patriotism and nationalism, the two widely accepted dimensions of national identity, impact on donor behaviour towards local, national or international charities. Furthermore, the study will also explore if attitudes towards two political issues, austerity and overseas aid, are related to charity choice. The findings will have implications for charities looking to attract and retain donors.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: N500 Marketing
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 14:36
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 06:33
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/29574

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