Date of Award

Spring 4-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)


Philanthropic giving to St. Norbert College or other intuitions of higher education are impacted by donor’s emotions, feelings, and attachments. The "affective altruist" position is based on affinity and is distinct from the "effective altruist" position in virtue of its inclusion and emphasis of the affective component, a necessary feature of giving. Peter Singer’s “effective altruist” position advocates that philanthropists give to causes based on their effects (and outcomes) without regard to the donor’s emotional attachment to the given cause. The conclusion states that a non-utilitarian approach of “affective altruism” drives philanthropic giving.