Philanthopy research database

In collaboration with Giving What We Can and Innovations in Fundraising, READI are building a database of research on how to promote philanthropy and donating.

The aim is to help people working on charity research and practice to access and manage relevant research and stay up to date with the relevant research.

Please note that the current database is a prototype and everything is intended as a proof of concept. We will add more research and make improvements if we get feedback that convinces us that the database is useful for a sufficient number of people. Please complete this feedback form to give us helpful feedback.

To access this database, download the newest RIS file in this Google Drive folder, and open it with a free citation library manager (e.g. Zotero). Here is a short video to show you how to do this.

Here is a short video showing you how to download the file and use Zotero (it runs out of time so please see the next video for how to add records)

Here is a short video showing you how to add research to Zotero from google scholar or from a folder.

Better, and longer instruction can be provided, if there is sufficient demand.

You can also download the database as a spreadsheet. Simply pick the newest CSV/spreadsheet and open it with excel or google sheets.

We curate updates about the newest articles added to the database each quarter and post these on social media (follow Peter on Linkedin). We will create a dedicated account or newsletter if there is demand.

If you have questions then please read the FAQ here. If you have questions that haven’t been addressed or a comment, then please submit it in our feedback form.

FAQ

Why might this database be useful to my charity or fundraising organisation?

Can you show me how to download, access and use the database?

Here is a short video showing you how to download the file and use Zotero (it runs out of time so please see the next video for how to add records)

Here is a short video showing you how to add research to Zotero from google scholar or from a folder.

What is the long term plan for this if it is useful?

In the long term this database could support a ‘living review’ - a review of the literature that is regularly updated, for instance, once each year. The output from this process could potentially look something like this (but it would cover a much larger body of literature).

The living review, database and other material would be hosted within a ‘philanthropy research toolkit’, like this website.

How should I interpret the findings from individual papers?

Considering the research is necessary but not sufficient for making good decisions about how to run a charity or fundraiser.

You shouldn’t necessarily trust and apply any single finding in isolation and should consider all academic evidence alongside your personal experience, knowledge and user research.

Additionally, most research will not provide “direct pointers on what to do” so you may need to do your own interpretation and testing.

Unfortunately there are rarely answers to how best to run your charity - all this database can do is make it easier to to get and to manage some of the relevant information you need.

How can I help or join the collaboration?

Please email peter.slattery@monash.edu if you are interested in joining the collaboration or would like to help with maintaining the database. Volunteers will need some basic experience with collecting and managing research articles.

If you are a philanthropy researcher, we would appreciate it if you can contribute some of your research from any personal database you maintain. You can usually export some, or all records as an RIS file from most software (XML is also fine).