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  • Science of Generosity // University of Notre Dame
    often disconnected disciplines and focus on various terms such as philanthropy volunteerism and altruism The Science of Generosity initiative aims to bring together diverse approaches in order to create a field for the study of generosity in all its forms Generosity in the News 17 June Giving is way up but for what reason The Christian Science Monitor 06 May Watch Christian Smith s 2015 Doll Lecture on Religion and

    Original URL path: http://generosityresearch.nd.edu/ (2015-06-22)
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  • First-Ever Permanent Exhibit for University of Notre Dame's Landmark Science of Generosity Initiative // Science of Generosity // University of Notre Dame
    information available to the individuals nonprofit organizations civic groups and businesses that facilitate and benefit from acts of generosity The launch of the Science of Generosity exhibition represents an important step in the evolution of the project because for the first time the public will have access to findings in a hands on educational exhibit We re excited to house such a one of a kind exhibit in our Center Thanks to The Community Foundation and the University of Notre Dame this exhibit will engage our visitors with not only current relevant science but with research unlike anything administered before said Ann Fumarolo president and CEO of Sci Port The collaborative effort that has gone into the development of this project will undoubtedly warrant more hands on science at Sci Port The exhibit will feature the latest scientific findings being issued by the Science of Generosity initiative In addition visitors will learn more about the elements of generosity such as philanthropy volunteerism and altruism through a series of interactive panels One panel also explores emotional responses in the brain through information provided by the prestigious Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center LSUHSC based in Shreveport Louisiana When we started the Science of Generosity initiative we hoped that the research we conducted and supported would be practically relevant for non profit professionals civic organizations and the general public said Christian Smith the William R Kenan Jr Professor of Sociology and Director of the Science of Generosity initiative at the University of Notre Dame We want to do topnotch academic research that makes important contributions to scholarship in the Social Sciences but we want that research to be available to those who might make good practical use of it too The Sci Port exhibit is an important step in helping make that happen There are currently 14 research projects underway worldwide that received funding through a competitive RFP process held by initiative In November 2009 the initiative granted awards of 250 000 to 500 000 to four of the projects and in July 2010 awards of up to 150 000 were granted to nine additional projects One of these projects is the Notre Dame Research NDR project an original primary data research project conducted by a research team at the university The Science of Generosity exhibit will be available to the public at Sci Port beginning Saturday September 3 CONTACT At The Community Foundation Margo Shideler Director of External Relations Phone 318 221 0582 Email shideler nlacf org At Sci Port Jennifer McMenamin Director of Development Marketing Phone 318 424 8673 Email jmcmen sciport org or Karen Wissing Marketing Manager Phone 318 424 8678 Email kwissing sciport org At Notre Dame JP Shortall Communication Specialist Phone 574 631 5953 Email James P Shortall 1 nd edu About the Community Foundation of North Louisiana Established in 1961 the Community Foundation of North Louisiana s mission is to strengthen communities through philanthropy By bringing together fund donors their financial advisors and nonprofit agencies the

    Original URL path: http://generosityresearch.nd.edu/news/32508-first-ever-permanent-exhibit-for-university-of-notre-dame-39-s-landmark-science-of-generosity-initiative/ (2015-06-22)
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  • The Generous Marriage // Science of Generosity // University of Notre Dame
    they to forgive The responses went right to the core of their unions Men and women with the highest scores on the generosity scale were far more likely to report that they were very happy in their marriages The benefits of generosity were particularly pronounced among couples with children Among the parents who posted above average scores for marital generosity about 50 percent reported being very happy together Among those with lower generosity scores only about 14 percent claimed to be very happy according to the latest State of Our Unions report from the National Marriage Project While sexual intimacy commitment and communication are important the focus on generosity adds a new dimension to our understanding of marital success Though this conclusion may seem fairly self evident it s not always easy to be generous to a romantic partner The noted marriage researcher John Gottman has found that successful couples say or do at least five positive things for each negative interaction with their partner not an easy feat In marriage we are expected to do our fair share when it comes to housework child care and being faithful but generosity is going above and beyond the ordinary expectations with small acts of service and making an extra effort to be affectionate explains the University of Virginia s W Bradford Wilcox who led the research Living that spirit of generosity in a marriage does foster a virtuous cycle that leads to both spouses on average being happier in the marriage Social scientists are now wondering if this virtuous cycle extends to children too In a study of 3 year old twins Israeli researchers have identified a genetic predisposition toward generosity that may be further influenced by a parent s behavior Preliminary findings suggest that children with more engaged parents are

    Original URL path: http://generosityresearch.nd.edu/news/32511-the-generous-marriage/ (2015-06-22)
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  • What motivates generosity? Researchers study Muslims, Catholics // Science of Generosity // University of Notre Dame
    similar or different in two of the world s major religions There have been studies about people who are religious that find that they tend to be more generous than people who aren t There s a debate about that We aren t trying to determine whether people who are religious are more or less generous Warner said What we want to know is what is it in the religious experience that might prompt generosity she added ASU psychology professor Adam Cohen and Ramazan Kilinc a political scientist at the University of Nebraska joined Warner as co principal investigators in the study that took them to Dublin Milan Paris and Istanbul We traveled to these countries because of the focus on Catholicism and Islam Warner said Researchers examined factors within each religion that might motivate generosity such as a sense of duty to one s God the love of Jesus or Mohammad feelings of being blessed and the way each religion is organized The work involved interviews participating in religious group activities and conducting experiments These kinds of studies are very important for understanding the varied role that religion plays in society said Linell Cady director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict So much attention is focused on conflict that attention is needed to understand those values and resources within religion that provide the building blocks for strong vibrant communities The study s findings were extremely clear in some cases such as motivation to give Muslims strongly feel that if they are blessed then they have an obligation to God to share with those less fortunate than themselves They also feel that they are following in the footsteps of the Prophet Mohammad by being charitable to others Catholics don t see an obligation to God as a primary motivator to help others instead their love for Jesus motivates them to help others Commonalities were also apparent Members of both religions were more likely to volunteer to help if the person asking for the donation was personally known to the member such as an imam priest or other person who is admired within the religious institution Another common thread exists within the positive experience of giving and actually connecting with people you are helping such as working at a soup kitchen and sitting down to eat with someone who is down on their luck A third commonality was an extensive reliance on volunteers to help sustain the religious entity such as the parish church or Islamic association Researchers found that Catholicism is less hierarchical than commonly thought Many religious functions are carried out by the laity and they respond by helping Muslims also felt a strong sense of responsibility to contribute to the daily functions of their religious associations People are very giving Warner said Community is very important for Muslims and Catholics not in terms of peer pressure to behave in certain ways but because they like being with other people They find it gratifying to

    Original URL path: http://generosityresearch.nd.edu/news/32513-what-motivates-generosity-researchers-study-muslims-catholics/ (2015-06-22)
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  • Giving is way up, but for what reason? // Science of Generosity // University of Notre Dame
    in donations was the strongest of any period after a recession in the past 40 years according to Indiana University s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy which conducts the annual study known as Giving USA And total giving in 2014 set a record at 358 4 billion Giving has risen nearly sixfold over the past six decades after taking inflation into account The report claims this latest good news is indicative of a healthier economy Perhaps More Americans do have a greater amount of disposable income to share than they did a few years ago But researchers have lately begun to probe people s motives for magnanimity Some ascribe it to evolution and genes Others cite changing social pressures such as a rise or fall in religious faith The survey finds religious giving as a percentage of total gifts has dropped from 56 percent three decades ago to 33 percent in recent years Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith coauthor of the recent book The Paradox of Generosity notes that scholars have yet to prove that altruistic acts come from selfish motives such as the paradoxical expression to give is to receive Based on a survey of thousands of Americans Dr Smith finds that humans are not just rational egoists out to maximize their own prestige power or wealth Rather he finds generosity depends to a large degree on a person s perception of living in a world of abundance blessing gratitude enjoyment security and sharing Those that see the world as a threat or full of scarcity give less even though they have a similar financial ability to give according to their survey What does he suggest can help increase giving either in money time skills or relationships Yes donors need timely reminders to give and they give more when

    Original URL path: http://generosityresearch.nd.edu/news/58724-giving-is-way-up-but-for-what-reason/ (2015-06-22)
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  • Watch Christian Smith’s 2015 Doll Lecture on Religion and Money // Science of Generosity // University of Notre Dame
    Lecture on Religion and Money Watch Christian Smith s 2015 Doll Lecture on Religion and Money Published May 06 2015 Author Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University The lecture was delivered by Smith principal investigator of the Science of Generosity Initiative on April 22 2015 and was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University Home More About the Initiative Current Projects Project

    Original URL path: http://generosityresearch.nd.edu/news/57658-watch-christian-smiths-2015-doll-lecture-on-religion-and-money/ (2015-06-22)
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  • More About the Initiative // Science of Generosity // University of Notre Dame
    Dame s academic mission said McGreevy Professor Smith s work will bring scholars across the country and from many disciplines into conversation on a topic of fundamental importance Three Components and a New Field of Inquiry The initiative has three components the Request for Proposals RFP the Notre Dame Research project NDR and a communications effort The RFP is an international funding competition designed to stimulate scientific research on generosity The competition proceeded in two waves and was decided by a panel of experts in the human and social sciences The first phase ended in November 2009 when the initiative granted awards of 250 000 to 500 000 to four projects The second phase ended in July 2010 when awards of up to 150 000 were granted to nine more projects The second component of the initiative NDR is an original primary data research project conducted by a research team here at Notre Dame Employing various innovative research methods NDR will study the operation of generosity in naturalistic settings in order to understand better the causal social mechanisms that generate and obstruct generosity While the Science of Generosity is grounded in the scientific research of scholars in various academic disciplines the initiative aims to reach beyond scientific and academic culture to share resources and research with corporate civic religious and political leaders non profit and non governmental organizations philanthropic foundations and policy centers and the general public The ultimate aim of the communications effort is to foster sustained general reflection on the value our society places on generosity voluntary financial giving altruism informal helping relational self giving and other generosity related practices Of course generosity has been studied in one form or other for many years but those studies have usually come from different and often disconnected disciplines and focused

    Original URL path: http://generosityresearch.nd.edu/more-about-the-initiative/ (2015-06-22)
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  • Current Projects // Science of Generosity // University of Notre Dame
    chose 17 of those to invite for full proposal We then chose four from among the final 17 to fund In the second round we received 327 initial proposals and chose 27 of those to invite for full proposal We then chose nine from among the final 27 to fund Projects Funded in the First Round RFP The Causes Manifestations and Consequences of Generosity Christian Smith Sociology University of Notre Dame The Inherent Sociality of Generosity and Altruism James Andreoni Economics University of California San Diego The Social Contagion of Generosity Nicholas Christakis Sociology Harvard University The Family Cycle of Kindness and Generosity Ariel Knafo Psychology Hebrew University Religious Institutions and Generosity Catholicism and Islam Carolyn Warner Political Science Arizona State University Projects Funded in the Second Round RFP Attachment Formation Compassion and Generosity Omri Gillath Psychology University of Kansas Does Microfinancing Promote Generosity Rohini Pande Public Policy Harvard University The Foundations of Marital Generosity Bradford Wilcox Sociology University of Virginia The Neural Circuitry Underlying Altruistic Behavior Stephanie Brown Psychology SUNY Stonybrook and University of Michigan Generosity from an Intercultural Perspective Pamela Paxton Sociology University of Texas at Austin The Causes and Effects of Workplace Generosity Sonya Lyubomirsky Sociology University

    Original URL path: http://generosityresearch.nd.edu/current-research-projects/ (2015-06-22)
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