GIVE FULL MEASURE: Why are we so bad at measuring giving & why does it matter?

Why count giving?

Graph of charitable giving in the form of bequests between 1490 and 1660, from WK Jordan’s “Philanthropy in England 1480–1660”
Graph showing effective marginal tax rates vs reported donations as a percentage of income for the top 0.01% of earners in US and Canada, from 1915–2005. Taken from Fack & Landais (2012).
Graph showing “economic factors which may determine giving to philanthropy”, from The Yearbook of Philanthropy 1940
Table showing annual amount of philanthropy in the US from 1922 to 1945, taken from Yearbook of Philanthropy 1947–48.
Graph showing breakdown of relative contributions of US states to total amount of philanthropy. Taken from Yearbook of Philanthropy 1945–46.
Frontispiece from 1850 first edition of Sampson Low’s “The Charities of London”
Table showing income of various categories of charities in London. The Times 11 Feb 1869.

What are we counting & how do we count it?

Table showing Constance Braithwaite’s 1939 estimate of total charitable giving in the UK

Why are we so bad at measuring giving?

So what now?

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Rhodri Davies is a unrepentant philanthro-nerd, who likes to look at giving from as many angles as possible.

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Rhodri Davies is a unrepentant philanthro-nerd, who likes to look at giving from as many angles as possible.

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