An investigation into repeat requests for charity: Evidence from the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland, Australia

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Ambrey, Christopher L., Parsell, Cameron, Spallek, Melanie and Robinson, Richard N. S.. (2019) An investigation into repeat requests for charity: Evidence from the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland, Australia. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 48(1), pp. 91 - 107. https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764018794300
AuthorsAmbrey, Christopher L., Parsell, Cameron, Spallek, Melanie and Robinson, Richard N. S.
Abstract

In advanced industrialized economies, charitable organizations work alongside formal social services provided through welfare states to assist people living in poverty. The work of charities with socially and economically marginalized people, however, often takes place in the absence of robust evidence about what impact charity has on people’s lives. This study draws on a large administrative database to investigate what determines repeat requests for charity and how people may achieve dignity. Our findings show that frequent residential address changes seem to make people more reliant on charity, whereas the more time spent with people receiving charity significantly decreases repeat requests for charity. We propose that the provision of charity can be an opportunity to promote connectedness.

Keywordscharity; evidence; administrative data
Year2019
JournalNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Journal citation48 (1), pp. 91 - 107
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN0899-7640
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764018794300
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85052590876
Page range91 - 107
Research GroupInstitute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE)
Place of publicationUnited States of America
EditorsC. Guo, S. Phillips and A. Bies
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