Environmental Philanthropy: Is It Similar to Other Types of Environmental Behavior?

Itay Greenspan, Femida Handy, Tally Katz-Gerro

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The authors analyze environmental philanthropy as a form of environmental behavior that has received scant attention in the literature. Environmental philanthropy refers to the giving of time and money in support of environmental issues through environmental nongovernmental organizations. The authors examine the way values, knowledge, political orientation, and a variety of sociodemographic variables are associated with environmental philanthropy and compare it with several other forms of environmental behaviors. Results from analysis of a sample of 1,565 American students indicate that environmental philanthropy is not shaped by the typical set of variables influencing environmental behavior that are reported in the literature. They conclude that the personal traits that shape environmental philanthropy should be theorized differently than other environmental behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-130
Number of pages20
JournalOrganization and Environment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Initial funding for this project was received from the University of Pennsylvania’s GAPSA/Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation by the first author.


  • donate
  • environmental NGOs
  • philanthropy
  • values
  • volunteer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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