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College of Business and Public Policy


Agenda

August 15, 2012, noon - 5:00pm
UAA Consortium Library, Room 307

12:00 - 12:20    Registration and Lunch Buffet
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12:20 - 12:25    Opening Remarks
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12:25 - 12:30    Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation
Title:  “Philanthropy in Alaska”

Summary: Introductory remarks that will help provide context for the workshop.

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12:30 - 1:30      John List, University of Chicago
Title:  Using Field Experiments to Learn Why People Give

Summary: Charity represents an increasingly important component of modern economies.  Yet, we still have a dim understanding of why people give to charitable causes.  List summarizes years of research using field experiments that will serve as an important aid to practitioners and policymakers.

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1:30 - 1:45         Break
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1:45 - 2:15         Jim Andreoni, UC San Diego
Title:  “The Sophisticated Giver”

Summary: TBA

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2:15 - 2:45        Catherine Eckel, Texas A&M University
Title: Matching Contributions

Summary: Corporate Giving Programs match employee contributions, and Challenge Grants are used by charities as part of their fundraising strategies.  Lab and field experiments investigate the effects of matching on the likelihood of giving and the size of donations, and find that the impact of matching depends on the details.  A related question is how a large donation should be used by a charitable organization.  What is the best way to leverage a large donation?  In particular, should it be used to provide challenge grants?  Experimental studies provide some insights. 

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2:45 - 3:00       Break
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3:00 - 3:30       Jeff Carpenter, Middlebury College
Title: “Running Charity Auctions: An Experimental Approach”

Summary: Since the great recession, charities have received a greater share of gifts “in kind” that must somehow be converted to cash. While raffles and silent auctions are common choices, there is little evidence on which formats work best. This talk will focus on a series of studies with the ultimate goal of advising charities on how best to run an auction. Our results suggest that the most common formats are not likely to perform very well.

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3:30 - 4:00      Min Lee, Griffin Foundation
Title: “Experimentation as a tool: Wider and more practical perspectives”

Summary: Experimentation (randomized controlled trials, RCTs) is a powerful tool that is often used to test the effectiveness of various types of interventions and programs.  Clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry first come to mind, but as emphasized in this workshop, the tool also applies in the non-profit industry, most prominently the evaluation of the programs that organizations provide to their constituents.  The talk will focus on some   examples of partnerships with grantees at the Griffin Foundation.  On the practical side, we believe charities often can, and should, use experimentation to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs. Doing so allows charities to provide more effective services to their constituents and more accountability to their supporters.  

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4:00 - 4:15       Break
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4:15  - 5:00:     Facilitated Discussion
Summary: Open discussion between audience and speakers.

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Charitable Giving and Experimental Economics

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