Source Business Directory
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Finance, General, Philanthropy, Research

Gender of First-Born Child Affects Parents’ Charitable Giving


Thursday, 12th November 2015 at 9:09 am
Xavier Smerdon, Journalist
Parents' charitable giving is affected by the sex of their first child, according to a new report out of the US.

Thursday, 12th November 2015
at 9:09 am
Xavier Smerdon, Journalist


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Gender of First-Born Child Affects Parents’ Charitable Giving
Thursday, 12th November 2015 at 9:09 am

Parents' charitable giving is affected by the sex of their first child, according to a new report out of the US.

Debra Mesch, Director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at Indiana University, which conducted the study, said among people who had two or more children, those with a first-born son on average gave 14.3 per cent larger amounts to charity than people whose first-born was a daughter.

Among people who have had just one child, those with a daughter were more likely to give, donating 20.3 per cent larger amounts to charity than people who had a son.

"The sex of the first-born child affects the likelihood that the parents will give to charity, the amount they give, and the types of causes and organizations they support," Mesch, said.

"This is an important factor influencing charitable giving that was previously unknown."

"Research in several fields has examined how the sex of a child affects parents' behavior, but this is the first study to ask this question about philanthropy," the co-principal investigator and Professor of Economics, Mark Otttoni-Wilhelm, said.

"Finding that the sex of the child does have an impact on the parents' philanthropy is one of those special moments of discovery.

“Many previous studies have found that parents influence their children’s generosity. The new research expands that sphere of influence to include children’s effect on their parents’ generosity.”

The researchers found that the children’s effect was shaped by other family characteristics, including the number of children, the partnership status of the parents (partnered or not), the parents’ partnership history and whether any children were still living at home.

Women Give 2015 is the sixth in a series of research reports conducted at the Women’s Philanthropy Institute that focus on gender differences in giving to charitable organizations.

Download the Women Give 2015: Read the full report.

 


Xavier Smerdon  |  Journalist  |  @XavierSmerdon

Xavier Smerdon is a journalist specialising in the Not for Profit sector. He writes breaking and investigative news articles.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

 Print

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Awkward Moments in the Spotlight

Estelle Stathoulis

Friday, 25th May 2018 at 5:13 pm

ASI Releases New Benchmark Survey Results on Membership and Fundraising

Estelle Stathoulis

Friday, 25th May 2018 at 4:56 pm

Elliot Costello Steps Down From ygap

Estelle Stathoulis

Friday, 25th May 2018 at 4:39 pm

Justice Connect Set to Develop National Guide for Volunteering

Luke Michael

Friday, 25th May 2018 at 11:12 am

POPULAR

Fears NDIA Will Force People into Shared Accommodation Settings

Luke Michael

Monday, 14th May 2018 at 3:48 pm

NDIS Eligibility for People With Autism Under Review

Luke Michael

Monday, 21st May 2018 at 2:35 pm

Government Policy Failure to Blame for Rising Homelessness

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 15th May 2018 at 3:36 pm

Autism: How Much Do We Really Know About It?

Estelle Stathoulis

Monday, 14th May 2018 at 8:00 am

Source Business Directory
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!