CGAP Briefing Note 4 - How do you ask difficult questions? Shared challenges and practice amongst fundraisers and researchers

In social research and in fundraising there is a general assumption that people are willing to talk to strangers about personal things. Both fundraisers and researchers often need information about an individual's personal, social and financial circumstances, but how can 'difficult questions' related to such personal areas best be asked?

Updated: 10/12/2014
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Archimedean copulas derived from utility functions

Archimedean copulas are an important subclass of dependency models, while risk attitude of individuals is usually modelled by means of a utility function that is increasing and convex in terms of wealth. This publication explores the relationship between Archimedean copulas and utility functions, thus enhancing the interpretation of Archimedean copulas and therefore informing the risk modeller choosing the most appropriate copula.

Updated: 10/12/2014
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The market for charity in England and Wales

This CGAP Working Paper from September 2011 analyses both sides of the market for charitable donations in England and Wales.

Updated: 08/12/2014
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Government Expenditure on the Voluntary Sector in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

This article provides a summary analysis of spending by the governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in their voluntary sectors during the period 2004-05 to 2007-08 (2008- 09 for Wales).

Updated: 05/12/2014
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The relationship between volunteering and charitable giving: review of evidence

A CGAP working paper, This short report provides a synthesis of research findings into the relationship between volunteering and charitable giving.

Updated: 05/12/2014
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Philanthropy and a better society

What role does philanthropy have to play in our society and how may that role be enhanced? This report has been compiled in the light of the importance attached by government to the role of increased giving and philanthropy in achieving stronger communities and active citizenship.

Updated: 05/12/2014
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The New State of Donation: Three decades of household giving to charity

This report presents a comprehensive analysis of the main trends in giving to charity over the period from 1978 to 2008 using data from the government's Living Costs and Food survey.

Updated: 05/12/2014
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Giving back to communities of residence and of origin - An analysis of remittances and charitable donations in the UK

This research reports on the different ways in which migrant and minority groups in the UK give, which are largely unacknowledged or underestimated in traditional giving surveys.

Updated: 05/12/2014
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Payout with an English accent: Exploring the case for a foundation ‘distribution quota’ in the UK

This paper reviews the nature and direction of the private foundations' mandatory "payout" debates in the United States, in the context of calls for its emulation in the UK.

Updated: 05/12/2014
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