Inter-charity competition and efficiency: Considerations beyond fundraising and tax incentives for giving

Johannes Lohse, Kimberley Scharf

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Abstract

While insights into optimal fundraising strategies inform the debate on whether fundraising is valuable to non-profits seeking to maximize their charitable income, they do not speak to questions related to production efficiency or the optimal size and shape of the sector. Answering these questions requires a broader perspective. We argue that such a broader perspective must take into account the implications of inter-charity competition and donor responses for (i) the distribution of donations across charitable causes, across time and in aggregate; (ii) the technological choices charities make when deciding on how to convert donations and other inputs in the production of charitable outputs; and (iii) the structure of charitable markets. Using the insights from (i)–(iii), we then discuss the scope of government policies and tax incentives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Taxation and Philanthropy
EditorsHenry Peter, Giedre Lideikyte Huber
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter18
Pages325-343
Number of pages19
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781003139201
ISBN (Print)9780367688271
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks
PublisherRoutledge

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