Follow the crowd! The effect of information on donation behavior

Why do we donate more when others are doing it too? This question has motivated me throughout my PhD. I still don’t have a concrete answer, and I don’t expect I will have one any time soon. Human behavior is such a mystery! I feel very fortunate for being payed to do what I love: … Continue reading Follow the crowd! The effect of information on donation behavior

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10 key characteristics of crowdfunding, part II – Blog #3

This is the second part of the 10 key characteristics of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding as a financial tool is not 100% a new thing. Can we even say it is a new thing, and is it an attractive tool? Well there are some features that make crowdfunding unique. Below we discuss 3 additional characteristics of crowdfunding. … Continue reading 10 key characteristics of crowdfunding, part II – Blog #3

10 key characteristics of crowdfunding, part I – Blog #2

In this blog series we want to determine whether an increasing focus on crowdfunding is a logical step for the philanthropic sector.  Is crowdfunding in line with the next generation of givers? In order to answer this question I will present the 10 key characteristics of crowdfunding. The word 'crowdfunding' appeared more than ten years … Continue reading 10 key characteristics of crowdfunding, part I – Blog #2

Crowdfunding science-only projects: Good alliance, or bad marriage?

Slides of the presentation: Crowdfunding for Science_VanTeunenbroek2018 I've been asked to provide a lecture about the possibilities of crowdfunding to fund scientific projects (that is science-only crowdfunding). For a short preview, see below: There is an increasing focus on third party funding to support scientific research, since it can be a resourceful way for scholars and … Continue reading Crowdfunding science-only projects: Good alliance, or bad marriage?

The 4 basics of crowdfunding – Blog#1

This is the first blog of the new blog series: all you need to know about crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is an online funding tool that emerged in 2006 here in Amsterdam. In this blog I explain the four key concepts of crowdfunding: the initiator, the platform, the project and the donors. This blog will provide you … Continue reading The 4 basics of crowdfunding – Blog#1

Crowdfunding for science: let it be?

I am often asked about the opportunity of crowdfunding to fund scientific projects. Is it of any use? Isn't it insignificant, meaning that the amounts assembled are too small. In my opinion crowdfunding should not be overlooked and is has its opportunities. Is it a savior? No it is not, but what is? Well, not a … Continue reading Crowdfunding for science: let it be?

ARTICLE: Follow the crowd (van Teunenbroek & Bekkers)

For the latest draft: click here The following article is under review, comments and suggestions are always welcome (p.s.c.van.teunenbroek@vu.nl). Below I summarize the main findings, for a complete overview of the findings please read the draft presented above. Short summary (really short) Introduction: Guiding human decision making by a discrete suggestion, that is a nudge, … Continue reading ARTICLE: Follow the crowd (van Teunenbroek & Bekkers)

A changing donor, summary. Blog #7

Do charities have to change their strategies in order to stay in the game? These are two important questions. If the target group changes, so should the organization. Right? Yes, probably but in which way? The philanthropic world is experiencing an overall participation decrease: fewer individuals donate. Are we still satisfying the needs of donors? … Continue reading A changing donor, summary. Blog #7

Next generation, next step. Blog#6

What is the next step for charities and donors? It should be clear that charities are probably going to have to change a couple of things, one of them the way donors give. The need for a change should not be seen as a threat, but as an opportunity.Next generation donors show less interest in … Continue reading Next generation, next step. Blog#6

Less religous & impact: Same cause, different way? Blog #5

Will the next generation give to the same causes as the previous generation? Do charities have to change their strategies in order to stay in the game? These are two important questions. If the target group changes, so should the organization. Right? Yes, probably but in which way? Change is complex and let's be honest … Continue reading Less religous & impact: Same cause, different way? Blog #5