Choosing messages to encourage charitable bequest giving may be particularly challenging given sensitivity to personal mortality reminders. Previous research suggests that people often react to mortality reminders with avoidance, including distancing themselves from those associated with death. We compare the effects of otherwise similar living and deceased bequest donor stories on subsequent intentions to leave a charitable bequest. Although both story types significantly increased subsequent intentions to leave a charitable bequest, living donor stories consistently outperformed otherwise identical deceased donor stories. Fundraisers may do well to emphasize stories of living planned bequest donors and de-emphasize death and the deceased in charitable bequest fundraising messaging.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing|
|State||Published - May 2016|
- Charitable bequest
- Planned giving