Moderated Commitment: Members’ Decisions Not to Give to Professional Associations

Chia Ko Hung, Mark A. Hager

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    Workers pay membership dues to professional associations, which mark their identification with a particular field. Professional associations invite additional voluntary contributions for new or expanded programs, but most members do not make these additional gifts. We advance and test a conceptual model of the forces that might interrupt an otherwise committed or engaged member’s decision to make such a voluntary contribution. We conclude that giving decisions can be displaced by member beliefs that their dues and fees are sufficient or that their disposable income is committed to other obligations. We also conclude that giving decisions intersect with weak association strategy, such as a failure to solicit gifts in ways that are informative or useful to prospective donors.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)971-992
    Number of pages22
    JournalPublic Performance and Management Review
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Jul 3 2020


    • charitable giving
    • commitment
    • fundraising
    • identity
    • involvement
    • professional associations

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Administration
    • Strategy and Management


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