In 1994, the last significant study of US-based Filipinos and philanthropy was conducted by researchers at the University of San Francisco (USF) Institute for Nonprofit Management. The paper cited that:
- Much of Filipino giving is characterized by reciprocal obligation.
- The sharing of food, both in times of need and at ceremonial occasions, is very important to Filipinos.
- A system of ritual godparenthood is used to help pay for specific celebrations and to expand the support network of one’s family.
- Filipinos frequently send gifts of food and material goods back to relatives living in the Philippines.
- Various support functions in the United States are provided by organizations modeled on organizations in the Philippines.
Overall, the research study featured the following topics:
- The Family
- Balikbayan and pasalubong
- Tulong and utang na loob
- Religious Customs
- Giving to Organizations
What are your thoughts on Filipinos and philanthropy? Are you aware of any additional research on this topic? Are you actively supporting community organizations through volunteering or donations?