Recognize donors who make contributions above a certain amount as belonging to particular tiers (e.g., “founders”, “pioneers”, “benefactors”, etc.) and publicize this.

Alternative tool name:

Tool variation: Recognition tiers

Category: Social


Relevant theories: Social signaling

Type of evidence: Causal-observational (IV etc), Field-exp-charity

Evidence strength (ad hoc assessment): 6

Main findings

Mention of recognition tiers increases incidence, amount, particularly for larger (prior) givers. Harbaugh finds donations clustered at recognition tiers, Karlan less so.


Practical relevance

General power, see previous

Use cases



Key papers

Secondary papers

Contributors David Reinstein

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