The author looks at the essence of corporate philanthropy, analyzing the drivers of why corporations give and how these organizations assemble themselves within the face of crises. While there is significant research on the different types of corporate philanthropy and its drivers, there is very little known about the way decisions are reached by committee members and executives who oversee allocating these funds. Using a qualitative method approach with semi structured in-depth interviews of respondents who currently work in the field of corporate giving for a US based private or publicly based company. A case study of three companies reveals the importance of leadership attitudes toward philanthropy, localized giving, and how nonprofits can find new opportunities for partnerships. Nonprofit organizations and fundraisers will be able to use this information to help them to better navigate the corporate organization’s funding process for their charitable organizations and causes.


Paul Prew

Committee Member

Saiful Islam

Committee Member

Luis Posas

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)

Program of Study

Human Service Planning Administration


Humanities and Social Sciences


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