Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Sociology

Content Description

1 online resource (iii, 32 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Richard Lachmann

Committee Members

Kate W. Strully, Glenn Deane


charitable donation, charitableness, nongovernmental organizations, volunteerism, Voluntarism, Charities, Non-governmental organizations

Subject Categories

Statistics and Probability


Nongovernmental organizations have a vast institutional presence across the United States. Each year, there is an ever-increasing body of charitable organizations which span, enhance and characterize the civil sphere. Overall, charities occupy an important institutional role in society, and the individuals who help to sustain charities encompass a vital social role. This paper is particularly concerned with analyzing charitable donation and volunteering dynamics on the individual level. Using the 2014 General Social Survey data on charitableness, this paper estimates the probability of engaging in volunteerism and charitable donation within the nonprofit sector based on income level. These results suggest that income level is only significant in charitable donation. Income level does not appear to be statistical significantly associated with charitableness, volunteerism or ultra-charitableness. These findings have implications for developing both public policy and nonprofit capacity building.