An external source (large donor, foundation, or government) may make a large initial donation towards the project, and this can be announced to later potential donors.

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Category: Incentives/gifts


Relevant theories: Threshold Public goods, Incomplete information and signaling, Overhead aversion

Type of evidence: Field-exp-charity, Field-exp-charity

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Main findings

(More) seed money increases donations (propensity, amounts) in some studies. Increased 'proximity to a goal' seems to increase donations.


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Contributors David Reinstein

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