New research reported in The New York Times studied how political ideology affects charitable giving. The researchers found that philanthropy in the United States remains just as polarized as everything else.
Richard Clerkin, director of NC State’s Institute for Nonprofits and a professor of public administration, was one of four research professors who set out to explore how political differences affect charitable giving. Their findings were published on Oct. 20 in the academic journal Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. The other authors were Robert K. Christensen, associate professor at the George W. Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics at Brigham Young University, Laurie E. Paarlberg of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and Rebecca Nesbit of the University of Georgia.