In some cases a fundraiser is for a specific project that can only be accomplished if a minimum amount is raised; or it could be framed in such a way. In these cases, you could consider promising to *refund* all donations if the target is not reached. (See, e.g., Kickstarter in a non-charity context).

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Category: Incentives/gifts


Relevant theories:

Type of evidence: Field-exp-charity

Evidence strength (ad hoc assessment):

Main findings

Promising refunds lead to increased donations in at least one experiment.


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