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National Study of Philanthropy, 1974

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Morgan, James N.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs
Free Keywords
charitable donations; charities; estate planning; financial assets; foundations; income; investments; personal finances; philanthropy; social attitudes; social behavior; tax legislation; taxes; trust funds
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of tax and foundation laws on charitable giving and to gain a better understanding of giving in general. Two separate national samples were interviewed, using almost identical questionnaires. Higher-income respondents were overrepresented in both samples, on the assumption that giving to others, particularly gifts of money, tends to be concentrated among people who earn more. Questions were asked about contributions of time and money to religious and charitable organizations. For larger donations, details were solicited about the recipients and the amounts given. Respondents' knowledge of and attitudes toward tax laws concerning contributions were also explored. In addition to an evaluation of respondents' income and assets, demographic and background information includes age, race, sex, religious preference, level of education, and occupation.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1974
  • 1974-06 / 1974-11
    Collection date: 1974-06--1974-11
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult population of the United States, aged 18 and older.
This study used two separate national samples: one sample was independently drawn by the Survey Research Center, University of Michigan (1,892 responses), and the other was selected in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (1,025 responses). Higher-income people were overrepresented in both samples. In addition, the Survey Research Center oversampled higher income areas and further eliminated a fraction of the individuals under age 25 and with less than a college education.
Collection Mode
  • Produced by the University of Michigan, Survey Research Center

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7496 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07496.v1
  • Ferguson, John Elvin. Giving more than a damn: A study of household and indivisual charitable contributions. Dissertation, University of Michigan. 1980.
  • Morgan, James N., Dye, Richard F., Hybels, Judith. Results from Two National Surveys of Philanthropic Activity. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Survey Research Center. 1979.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Morgan, James N. (1984): National Study of Philanthropy, 1974. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.