Genevieve G. Shaker, Pamala Wiepking, and Sarah K. Nathan


A common definition of philanthropy is “voluntary action for the public good” (Payton, 1988). Philanthropic action is intended to benefit society and individuals, for example, by reducing human suffering, enhancing human potential, promoting equity and justice, building community, supporting experimentation and change, and fostering pluralism (Tempel and Nathan, 2022). People engaged in philanthropy may also experience human fulfillment, satisfaction, and meaning. Philanthropic activities feed hungry people; support the arts; provide scholarships; clean up neighborhoods; facilitate social change for historically marginalized ...

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