Although the presence of COVID-19 was associated with generally being more generous, the level of threat did not seem to affect the level of giving in the “dictator game.”
“People come together in the presence of a shared threat and demonstrate a willingness to support others,” the researchers write, “despite the uncertainty surrounding their own health and financial well-being.”
‘The More You Give, the More You Get’
It “remains to be seen whether increased generosity will last well beyond the pandemic,” says David Maurrasse, PhD, founder and president of Marga Inc., a consulting firm that gives advice and research to charity groups and community partnerships.
Maurrasse, who is also an adjunct research scholar at Columbia University’s Climate School in New York City, noted that the pandemic will have long-term effects, especially among groups of people that were already significantly underserved.
“Therefore, any increases in generosity would have to transform from relief to reimagination, as the pandemic impacted so many aspects of life, from health to education to local economies, and beyond,” he says.
Dash’s porch photography, which started out with a charitable focus, ended up unexpectedly building her business. “The takeaway for me is that the more you give, the more you get,” she says.