Research suggests the answer, surprisingly, may be no, but behavioral science offers a few ways to encourage the wealthy to open their wallets a little wider.
Given Trump's substantial conflicts of interest, the foundation's admission of self-dealing should sound a warning to both the president-elect and voters as he takes the oath of office.
Why higher education is a worthy cause for the rich and famous.
Many critics have made outlandish claims, yet beyond the partisan noise there are legitimate concerns that deserve closer scrutiny.
Nottingham City Council are in trouble over a series of anti-begging posters – it's important to know if their claims stack up.
The Trump Foundation has received lots of scrutiny in recent months questioning how much the candidate gives, where the charity's money comes from and how it's used. Here's what we know so far.
The current lack of transparency in Australian philanthropy raises ethical questions. Far from being a solely private activity, philanthropy needs greater public accountability.
The Clintons' charities have recently come under scrutiny, leading its largest arm to promise to spin off into an independent organization if Hillary Clinton is elected president.
There is a view that philanthropy from super-wealthy individuals, rather than government policy, will be the force that changes the world for the better. But this seems unlikely in Australia.
Better to be deceived in your motivation than not to give to charity at all, or so the 18th-century Romantics would have it.
Despite failing to meet state government requirements, charities including the Shane Warne Foundation remain registered with the regulator.
Not all lobbying is bad. Some of it does a lot of good.
Their structures and funding give them scope and access that others don't have, but foundations also lack accountability.
Health charities should probably avoid investing in booze – but sometimes it can be hard to tell. So how do charities avoid the pitfalls?
Meaning well and doing good are great, but organisations can do more harm than good if they're not careful.
New rules could have a chilling effect on academic freedom of speech.
If new anti-lobbying rules for charities aren't to stifle debate, new ways for community groups to report back from the frontline must be set up.
Reports of Kids Company's good deeds were heeded over its financial viability – with disastrous results for the charity in the long run.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission seems more focused on reducing red tape for the sector than scrutinising individual charities.
Giving cash directly to the needy is a growing trend, but in most cases it's not nearly as effective funneling donations through a charity with 'boots on the ground.'