Handbook coverEdited by Pamala Wiepking and Femida Handy, The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy is a comprehensive reference guide to the practice of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector across twenty-six nations and regions.


The handbook references the latest research in philanthropy, the nonprofit sector and charitable giving. It looks at what motivates individuals to voluntarily give away portions of their own financial resources to benefit the public good and to enable nonprofit organisations to carry out their work. Why do people in one country give more frequently and more generously to nonprofit organisations than those in another?


Thematic chapters examine cross-national issues including the influence of government support, the role of religion and the impact of fiscal incentives to outline how country-specific factors may facilitate or inhibit philanthropy.


Drawing on theoretical insights from management, sociology, economics, political science, and psychology, and including a stellar international line-up of leading philanthropy scholars, this essential reference work describes the non-profit sector and empirically analyses philanthropic endeavours country by country.


Contributing authors to the guide include Dr Wendy Scaife of the Australian Centre for Philanthropy Nonprofit Studies, QUT Business School and Dr Beth Breeze of the Centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent, (see their expert view comment piece on the need for greater public understanding of the way nonprofits fundraise).


The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy (2015) is published by Palgrave MacMillan (UK).