Jun 10, 2019
In episode 51, we explore philanthropic pledges: what are they,
do they work and how have they been used to drive more and better
- Mackenzie Bezos’ recent decision to join the Giving Pledge has
been widely reported. But how successful has this initiative been
- Who are the notable signatories and the notable absences from
the Giving Pledge? Why have some people not signed?
- Has the Giving Pledge shifted the level of giving by the ultra
wealthy? Has it had any impact on overall levels of giving?
- What can we learn from the pledge letters of GP
- Does the GP lack the tools to hold signatories to their
pledges? Should it?
- Is the GP’s scope less radical than it might have been, and
- What of other pledge initiatives like the Founders Pledge?
- Does a pledge represent an expectation that a certain level of
wealth comes with responsibilities to give, or is it entirely
- What does academic research tell us about the economics and
psychology of pledges?
- Why are the concepts of “warm glow”, “pain of payment” and
“psychological distance” important in understanding how to design
- How does crowdfunding relate to philanthropic pledges?
- Could the future be about “conditional donations”, where
conditions are set and then donations automatically executed if
they are met?
- Marc Gunther’s article “Has
the Giving Pledge Changed Giving?” for The Chronicle of
com article on the Founders Pledge
- Sadeh, Tonin & Vlassopolous (2014) Why
Give Away your Wealth? An Analysis of the Billionaires'
- Meyvis, T., Bennett, A. & Oppenheimer, D. (2011). "Precommitment
to Charity" in Oppenheimer, D. ed. (2016) The Science of
Giving: Experimental Approaches to the Study of Charity,
- Cotterill, John & Richardson (2012) “The
Impact of a Pledge Request and the Promise of Publicity: A
Randomized Controlled Trial of Charitable Donations”
- Fosgaard & Soevtevent (2018) “Promises
undone: How committed pledges impact donations to charity”
- Elsden, Trotter, Harding, Davies, Speed & Vines (2019)
Donations: Exploring Escrow-based Conditional Giving".