I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Tim Smedley, Guardian and FT freelance writer, for this piece in today’s Guardian asking ‘can philanthropy be taught?’ There is lots to say about the topic. This piece provides a few perspectives
I’ve just published this piece in the London-based Jewish Quarterly. The piece reflects on my sabbatical experience teaching about philanthropy at Stanford University last year, makes some predictions about the development of philanthropy education in the UK and raises some of the ethical challenges facing Jewish philanthropy back home.
In this European Foundation Centre webinar, I discuss the future of teaching about philanthropy in Europe. Also speaking is Michiel de Wilde, Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (ECSP) at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
Over the years, I’ve been privileged to write numerous pieces for Alliance Philanthropy magazine during my decade at the Pears Foundation and, more recently, whilst a Visiting Scholar at Stanford and Research Fellow at Cass Business School. Alliance have now very helpfully put all those writings (blogs, conference reports, letters and features) in one place. If only my own site was as well organised…
To mark the launch of my research on philanthropy education in Europe, I’ve written a feature piece for this week’s Times Higher Education. In it, I highlight the relative lack of current provision and call for more scholarship and teaching in this area. The full piece can be accessed here via the Times Higher Education website
My research on the emerging field of philanthropy education in Europe, written in collaboration with Prof Cathy Pharoah (City University/Cass) and Dr Tobias Jung (St Andrews University) has just been published and is accessible via this link
The research contains two main parts: the first part investigates the countries, institutions and disciplines in which philanthropy education currently takes place across Europe. The second explores perceptions of the development of the field drawn from interviews with philanthropy ‘stakeholders’. The report concludes with some critical reflections about the appropriate disciplinary settings for the study of philanthropy, the tension between fostering scholarship and developing skills and the potential ethical challenges of philanthropic investment in this area.
The research was conducted between October 2013 and July 2014 whilst a philanthropy practice research fellow at the Centre for Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP) ar Cass Business School and visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS). It was and supported by a small ‘legacy’ grant from the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. The research builds upon existing work but also raises new challenges and questions. Thus, I hope that it provides a platform for further reflection, study and criticism in the coming months. In that spirit, I look forward to comments from anyone interested in understanding more about this mercurial phenomenon known as philanthropy.
Serious, Intense and Optimistic: Melinda Gates and Bill Gates gave Stanford’s commencement (graduation) speech in June 2014. It contained some powerful material but was marred by too many omissions. My piece for Alliance Philanthropy