Ayelet Oreg's research focuses on philanthropic giving, with particular interest in the socio-cultural motivations and barriers of the middle class to engage in philanthropic behavior. She's interested in how feelings of disappointment, distrust and alienation from government policies and parliament representatives influence the motivation of the middle-class to take part in philanthropic behaviors. Her work also explores how socio-culture variables and the degree of religiosity influence a person's willingness to engage in philanthropic behavior.
Oreg worked as a social worker in Israel for 18 years, including as the founder and director of a multicultural treatment center for children and families at risk in Haifa, Israel. She also worked as a rehabilitation social worker at the National Insurance Institute of Israel and provided individual and group counseling for individuals with disabilities and to victims of terror attacks.
Oreg was a lecturer at Israel's Central School of Social Work, of the Israeli Ministry of Welfare, and supervised students in training to become therapists, at the University of Haifa and at Oranim College, Israel.
- socio-cultural motivations and barriers of the middle class to engage in philanthropic behavior