From Prosperity to Purpose: Perspectives on Philanthropy and Social Investment among Wealthy Individuals in Latin America

Recent years have been witness to a marked and promising change in charitable giving: around the globe, very wealthy individuals and families are increasingly looking to address critical social and economic challenges through private philanthropy and social investment. Yet there is very little empirical knowledge or analysis of philanthropic interest, investment, and impact in Latin America.

From Prosperity to Purpose: Perspectives on Philanthropy and Social Investment among Wealthy Individuals in Latin America explores private giving and social investment among high net worth individuals and families in six Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru), analyzing donors' motivations and aspirations; philanthropic practices and operations; challenges and obstacles to giving; and the types of support, resources, and policy reforms that might increase giving and strengthen its impact.

Completed by researchers at the Hauser Institute at Harvard University and supported by UBS, From Prosperity to Purpose is an effort to advance the understanding, practice, and impact of philanthropy in Latin America.

Download the report overview in English, as well as EnglishSpanish, and Portuguese copies of the complete report.  

Country Reports:             
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Mexico
Peru


Questions? Please contact paula_johnson@hks.harvard.edu and colleen_kelly@hks.harvard.edu.