Basil, Debra Z. and Herr, Paul M., 2003, Dangerous Donations? The Effects of Cause-Related Marketing on Charity Attitude, Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, 11(1), 59-76.
How might cause-related marketing affect attitudes toward the charity involved? Could charity attitudes be harmed? These questions were addressed in a controlled laboratory study. Positive/negative fit between the organizations was manipulated, and company attitude was measured. The results suggest that charity attitude may be negatively impacted if consumers’ attitudes toward the company are negative, or if the organizations have negative fit. Alternatively, CRM may improve charity attitude if company attitude is positive or the organizations share positive fit. The effect of fit is stronger than the effect of company attitude, so positive fit may compensate for pairing with a company toward which consumers’ attitudes are negative.