Get What You Give? An Examination of Enlightened Self-Interest, Philanthropic Intent, and Engagement in Philanthropy for Small Firm Owners

  • Whitney O. Peake Western Kentucky University
  • Michael L. Harris East Carolina University
  • William C. McDowell Middle Tennessee State University
  • Phillip E. Davis East Carolina University

Abstract

Prior researchers agree that small businesses are important community contributors due to their active engagement in broader social responsibility activities, such as philanthropy. Despite their purported importance to charitable giving and philanthropy, little is known about the factors that motivate small business owners’ decisions to engage in philanthropic giving. We integrate enlightened self-interest theory and the theory of planned behavior to examine how enlightened self-interest influences intentions to engage in philanthropy during start-up, which in turn impacts current levels of engagement in philanthropic activities. Our results suggest that intentions to engage in philanthropy at start-up do partially mediate the relationship between enlightened self-interest and engagement in philanthropy behaviors; thus, suggesting that entrepreneurs’ motivations grounded in enlightened self-interest influence intentions to engage in philanthropy and subsequent engagement in such activities.


Published
Oct 27, 2015
How to Cite
PEAKE, Whitney O. et al. Get What You Give? An Examination of Enlightened Self-Interest, Philanthropic Intent, and Engagement in Philanthropy for Small Firm Owners. Journal of Small Business Strategy, [S.l.], v. 25, n. 2, p. 79-96, oct. 2015. ISSN 2380-1751. Available at: <http://libjournals.mtsu.edu/index.php/jsbs/article/view/562>. Date accessed: 23 oct. 2017.
Section
Special Section

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