Title

The Roles of Credibility and Social Consciousness in the Corporate Philanthropy-Consumer Behavior Relationship

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2013

Department

Human Performance and Recreation

Abstract

The attention paid to the influence of organizational philanthropy on consumer responses has precipitated a shift in the role this practice plays in organizational dynamics-with philanthropy becoming an increasingly strategic marketing tool. The authors develop and test a model predicting that: (1) perceived organizational credibility will mediate the relationship between awareness of philanthropy and the outcomes of advocacy and financial sacrifice; (2) consumer social consciousness will moderate the relationship between awareness of philanthropy and firm credibility, and between credibility and the outcome variables; and (3) these moderated relationships will be mediated by perceived credibility. Data obtained from a sample of professional golf patrons support our assertions. Notably, the findings implicate perceived credibility as a key intervening variable in the hypothesized relationships for the PGA Tour.

Publication Title

JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS

Volume

116

Issue

2

First Page

341

Last Page

353