Working Papers

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 Research

Though the topic of youth civic involvement is increasingly popular in social science research, the question of why some youth are civically involved while others are not is not yet well understood. In this paper, a developmental contextualist approach is used to address the following questions: What motivations do youth report for civic involvement? Do motivations differ across school contexts? A qualitative interview study using an in-depth semi-structured interview approach with 21 diverse youth was used to investigate questions concerned youth civic involvements and motivation.

Author(s): Parissa L. Jahromi
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 Research

Policy makers have been faced with identifying solutions to address poverty and other social problems facing U.S. cities. Community development corporations have emerged as major players in the rebuilding of cities across America. Research has shown that CDCs have been successful in their quest in the revitalization of neighborhoods and communities (Vidal, 1992). However, little research has focused on the success of their efforts on a city level. This study seeks to address this gap in the literature. Using data collected from the American Community Survey and Guidestar on U.S.

Author(s): Nathaniel S. Wright
Author(s): Lindsey Peterson
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Research

To summarize the substantive argument of the paper, corporations participate in the third sector because of the benefits they can reap. In particular, in many cases corporations are in a good position to (partially) correct the third sector’s failure to bring in financial resources (coming from individuals caring about non-profit missions), increase the accountability and thus efficiency of the processes of production in the NPOs, and finally make them more effective.

Author(s): Evgeny Firsov
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Research

The lack of a coherent understanding of what is meant by the American safety net made it difficult to have a meaningful discourse on the current condition. This paper proposes an alternative formulation of the social safety net based in network theory to overcome the shortcomings of the previous literature. The first part of the paper describes this approach, attempting to develop an alternative understanding of the safety net grounded in the actions of anti-poverty actors.

Author(s): Helen K. Liu
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Research

Civil society registries have emerged as a type of a government-implemented policy tool that, according to policymakers, aim to do everything from compile information, promote accountability and foster collaboration. I argue that these types of policy tools have profound consequences to the development of civil society.

Author(s): Susan Appe
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Research

This paper explores the capacity of several induced theories of philanthropic behavior to explain foundation grant-making patterns to nonprofit social service organizations working to address teenage pregnancy through counseling on “abortion alternatives”. It argues that theories of nonprofit sector founding which stress that nonprofits will arise as a response to need do not help to explain the presence of such organizations across U.S. states in this field.

Author(s): Celeste Benson
Friday, April 30, 2010 Research

This paper examines the diversity of corporate philanthropic practices and aims to determine whether corporations are strategic in their philanthropic giving. Using an original database including firm-level data on dollar donations for charitable purposes among American Fortune 500 companies, this paper looks at the kind of firms that participate in giving, the kind of giving programs these firms set up, and the structure of the foundation giving these firms chose. The definition and identification of strategic philanthropy is discussed and explored.

Author(s): Olena Verbenko
Sunday, April 4, 2010 Research

What kinds of appeals do the public find persuasive for global causes? Are arguments that appeal to so-called rational self-interest more persuasive than those that appeal to morality? Are mixed messages that combine appeals of self-interest with morality more successful than streamlined single themed messages? The causal mechanisms by which transnational advocacy movements are able to generate political support for their campaigns are poorly specified in the literature in international relations and public opinion.

Author(s): Joshua Busby, Ph.D., Bethany Albertson, Ph.D.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 Research


Author(s): Lindsey M. McDougle