Using suggested contributions in fundraising for public good

Melanie B. Marks, D. Eric Schansberg, Rachel T.A. Croson

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This article presents a provision point mechanism experiment designed to investigate the impact of suggested contributions in a public-good contribution process. We find that suggesting contributions is ineffective if subjects value the public good equally. However, if valuations for the public good differ among individuals, as they do in the real world, we find that contribution suggestions increase the likelihood of providing the public good, increase the fraction of individuals contributing their suggested share, and improve the equity of the distribution of contributions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-384
Number of pages16
JournalNonprofit Management and Leadership
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


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