The congruency between moral foundations and intentions to donate, self-reported donations, and actual donations to charity

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We extend past research on the congruency between moral foundations and morally relevant outcomes to ingroup- and outgroup-focused charitable giving. We measured intentions to donate to outgroup members (begging EU-migrants) and self-reported donations to ingroup (medical research) and outgroup (international aid) charity organizations in a heterogeneous sample (N = 1008) and actual donations to ingroup (cancer treatment) and outgroup (hunger relief) organizations in two experimental studies (N = 126; N = 200). Individualizing intuitions predicted helping in general across self-report and behavioral data. Binding intuitions predicted higher donations to ingroup causes, lower donations to outgroup causes, and less intentions to donate to outgroup members in the self-report data, and they predicted lower donations overall in the behavioral data.


External organisations
  • Linköping University
  • Decision Research
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychology


  • moral foundations, moral intuitions, ideology, charity, helping, donation, moral hypocrisy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-29
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Early online date2016 Sep 4
StatePublished - 2016 Nov 15
Publication categoryResearch