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National Study of Philanthropy Records

Identifier: MSS110

Scope and Contents

The National Study of Philanthropy Records contain background materials relating to the survey, the codebook, interviewer's manual, survey copies in both formats, the data dictionary, coding instructions, and correspondence and memos about several aspects of the data analysis. Also included are related reports, including the report to survey respondents. This collection does not include the actual raw survey results, which are available online through the University of Michigan.

Materials are arranged in rough chronological order.


  • 1961 - 2001


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright material.

Biographical / Historical

The Filer Commission contracted James N. Morgan to conduct the National Study of Philanthropy (ICPSR 7496), the first extensive household-level survey on charitable giving. The survey was fielded in 1974 in two slightly different versions: the Survey Research Council version and the Census version, yielding two comparable datasets. The purpose of the study, articluated in early 1974, was simply "to find out Who is giving What to Whom and Why." Morgan was particularly interested identifying the "why" through examining past changes in giving, present level of giving, and future plans for giving filtered through different demographic lenses.

The data by design overrepresent the highest earners in both samples, and are thus particularly useful for examining this segment of the population.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 document case)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Mark O. Wilhelm on behalf of James N. Morgan on March 8, 2016. A2015/16/-027

Related Materials

The codebook and dataset for this survey are available through the University of Michigan at:


  • Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs. Guide to Sponsored Research of the Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs. United Way of America: 1975.
  • National Study of Philanthropy, 1974 (ICPSR 7496)., accessed August 15, 2017.
  • Wilhelm, Mark O. "The Quality and Comparability of Survey Data on Charitable Giving," Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 1, March 2007 65-84.


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National Study of Philanthropy Records, 1961-2001
Angela White
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Repository Details

Part of the Philanthropic Studies Archives Repository

IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis IN 46202 USA