Charitable activities of older Russians: results of empirical study

Charitable activities of older Russians:
results of empirical study

Korneeva I.E.

Research fellow, Centre for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector, National Research University Higher School Of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Minnigaleeva G.A.

Ph.D., Research fellow, Centre for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector, Associate professor of the Department of economics and management of nongovernmental nonprofit organizations, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia gminnigaleeva@

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Korneeva I.E., Minnigaleeva G.A. Charitable activities of older Russians: results of empirical study. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2017. No 1. P. 74-80


The article discusses participation of older (60+) Russians in charitable activities, wherein they act not only as recipients but also as producers of philanthropic activities. Based on national survey data representative for the Russian population in 2014 (N=2000) we obtained characteristics of older persons’ participation in the most common philanthropic practices in Russia, that is monetary donations. We offer an overview of donations scale, most common forms and preferred causes, as well as explore factors shaping donors’ activities: social, demographic and economic characteristics, religious identities and behavior, value orientations and beliefs related to interpersonal trust and readiness to join collective effort to help others.

older age; older persons; charitable activities in older age; determinants of older persons’ participation in monetary donations


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