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WASHINGTON (AFP eWire – May 23, 2003) – The AFP Research Council has awarded two $5,000 grants to support philanthropic research by AFP members.

A grant was awarded to Patricia Hardy, ACFRE, president of The Tunnelwood Group in Dugald, Manitoba, Canada, for her project on the history of philanthropy in Canada. A second grant was awarded to Adrian Sargeant, chair of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Management at the Henley Management College in Oxfordshire, England, for his work on the determinants of U.S. donor behavior in relation to bequests.

“The projects supported through the AFP Research Council demonstrate a higher level of commitment to rigorous thinking in our field,” said Susan L. Golden, Ph.D., CFRE, chair of the Small Grants Committee of the AFP Research Council. “We applaud the seriousness of the two researchers who are working in the intellectual vineyards of philanthropy and hope our modest funding can encourage them.”

Hardy’s project is the second phase of a four-part project that will culminate in a written history of philanthropy in Canada. Hardy plans to conduct research and analyze the depth and range of the connections between churches, governments and individuals in order to frame Canadian philanthropy in the context of the social, economic and political issues of the times.

Sargeant’s project will entail conducting a study to investigate what motivates individuals to consider leaving a charitable bequest, what prompts them to choose a particular organization and what methods of solicitation they believe is appropriate for nonprofits to adopt. The study will be conducted in partnership with five U.S. nonprofits, and the results should be available next year.

“We aim to provide as much information as possible to fundraisers looking to solicit this category of gift and to improve donor satisfaction with the solicitation process,” Sargeant said. “We believe that there may be great potential to expand the volume of lower value legacy bequests from the general fundraising database, and this study will provide a more detailed understanding of how this may be accomplished.”

For more information on AFP’s research programs, visit the AFP website.

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