Hilary Davidson

Hilary's Most Recent Stories

  • September 10, 2014

    Generosity means giving money, time, energy and attention. But it also can mean giving a part of you – literally, in the case of blood and organ donations. In the third adaptation of their recently published book, “The Paradox of Generosity,” the University of Notre Dame’s Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson show how Americans are more willing to donate what’s inside of them than they are to open their checkbooks. Continue reading

  • September 4, 2014

    Giving — not just money — but time and talent, too, is good for us. And yet, three-quarters of Americans don’t volunteer. That’s what Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson call “The Paradox of Generosity.” In the second post adapted from their book, they look at where Americans could stand to be more generous with their family relations and neighbors. Continue reading

  • September 3, 2014

    Given the popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge this summer, you might think Americans are a fairly generous group. Indeed, more than $100 million has been raised for the ALS Association. But although we enjoy, and benefit from, giving money voluntarily, research from the University of Notre Dame suggests we’re not that good at it. That’s what researchers Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson call the “Paradox of Generosity.” Continue reading