[cross-post] Does donation matching work?

by Ben_Kuhn11th Jan 201512 comments

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In the effective altruism community, donation matches are becoming very popular. Some matchers have gone as far as tripling or even quadrupling each dollar donated, not just doubling. But I started to wonder if the matching multiple—or even matching at all—has any impact on the money you raise. So I took a look at some of the academic literature on donation matching to see whether such matches are justified.

I find that the evidence is mixed, but we can still draw some conclusions form it. Full writeup here. I'd love to get people's thoughts on it, especially:

  • Do the process and conclusions make sense given the evidence?
  • Do you plan to change your donating/fundraising behavior based on the findings? (The research and writeup took me probably 10-15 hours, so I'm especially concerned with evaluating whether it was worth the effort!)

Thanks for reading!

(Note: I made a link instead of pasting the whole thing here because I expect I'll update the post and don't want to deal with keeping the two versions synchronized. Moderators, let me know if you'd prefer some other solution.)