This chapter focuses on the giving styles of individual donors in the U.S. It explains that the history of American philanthropy is full of colorful characters including religiously motivated helpers, politically connected operators, scoundrels from the world of business and finance, unapologetic egomaniacs and self-promoters, safety-seeking incrementalists, restless social innovators and quiet but curious thinkers. This chapter explores the issue of motives and determinants of giving and discusses the multiple explanations of the motives for giving produced by social scientists over the years.
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