Donation to disaster relief campaigns: underlying social cognitive factors exposed

Liesbeth Oosterhof, A. Heuvelman, O. Peters

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number of very serious natural disasters have put an enormous pressure on relief organizations in the last few years. The present study exposes underlying social cognitive factors for donation to relief campaigns. A causal model was constructed, based on social cognitive theory, research on attitudes, and the impact of media exposure. The aim was to expand and improve an already existing model by Cheung and Chan [Cheung, C. K., & Chan, C. M. (2000). Social-cognitive factors of donating money to charity, with special attention to an international relief organisation. Evaluation and Program Planning, 23, 241–253]. The expanded model showed a better fit. Furthermore, the expanded model explained two-thirds of the variance of the intention to donate to a disaster relief campaign. The greatest predictor of the intention to donate proved to be “Past donation to disaster relief campaigns.” The factor “News exposure” was indicated to be a valuable additional factor, as it had a significant direct effect on “Awareness of a disaster relief campaign” and was the only factor that had a total effect on all other factors, including “Intention to donate to a disaster relief campaign.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-157
JournalEvaluation and program planning
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • IR-67961
  • METIS-260594
  • Social cognitive theory
  • Disaster relief campaigns
  • Donation


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