Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

Chairperson (Advisor 1)

Dr. Kimora Kachelmyer

Reader (Advisor 2)

Dr. Sue Damme


The purpose of this study is to examine the phenomenon known as e-philanthropy by exploring the definition and classifications, examining nonprofits' use of technology, discussing the challenges and potential of e-philanthropy, analyzing the financial results, and determining whether to partner with an organization or forge ahead alone.

This study consists of two key research areas. The first area of research included an extensive literature review to better understand the phenomenon known as e- philanthropy including the terminology, challenges and opportunities. The second phase involved developing and conducting a survey to gather information about nonprofits use of technology and the financial results of fundraising online. While the survey is based on quantifiable results, the project itself is a phenomenological qualitative study. The results of the survey do not compare or contrast variables, but provide descriptive information about e-philanthropy.


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