Can philanthropy be taught at universities?

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

http://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2015/nov/27/can-philanthropy-be-taught-in-a-classroom

On Donor-Grantee Relations – Philanthropy Summer Academy at Erasmus University, Rotterdam

I had the honour of facilitating a workshop on donor-grantee relations at the European Foundation Centre/Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy’s Summer Academy. Over thirty participants from foundations across Europe attended this two-day gathering which included sessions on impact, strategy and ‘scaling-up’ philanthropic initiatives. The event was a great, but still too rare, example of collaboration between practitioners and scholars to improve philanthropic practice. More details about the event including the programme details are here http://www.efc.be/event/summer-academy-2015/

European Research Network on Philanthropy Conference

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining 140 participants from 29 countries at the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) conference at ESSEC Business School in Cergy, Paris. I also presented my research on the provision of university-based philanthropy education in Europe.

The ERNOP conference was the largest gathering of philanthropy researchers to date, with almost double the number of attendees than the previous gathering in 2013. This year, the conference focused on ‘connecting the dots’ between different disciplinary perspectives and approaches. It also had a stronger practice orientation including a dedicated session on the challenges and opportunities for scholar-practitioner collaboration. The signs from this conference are that interest in philanthropy continues to grow and that the seeds of dialogue between academic and practice communities have been firmly planted.The full programme is here

http://ernop.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-ERNOP-programme.pdf

Oxford Centre for the Study of Philanthropy

This week marked the inaugural seminar and launch of the Oxford Centre for the Study of Philanthropy at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford with a talk by Somerville College historian, Dr Frank Prochaska on British Philanthropy: Past and Present. The impact of philanthropy on public life and welfare – for good and ill – makes the study of philanthropy important and timely. I’m excited about working with academic colleagues and centres at Oxford and beyond to deepen understanding and critical thinking about this mercurial phenomenon. See more about the Centre’s work here. http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/philanthropy

Recent and forthcoming academic work on philanthropy

Below is a list of recent and forthcoming academic and public contributions on philanthropy and philanthropy-related subjects. I will endeavour to post reflections and highlights of some of the issues that arise from this work.

  • Facilitator on ‘Donor-Grantee Relations’, and faculty at the Philanthropy ‘Summer Academy’, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (3 September 2015)
  • Paper on ‘Philanthropy Education in Europe’ with Prof Cathy Pharoah (City University) and Dr Tobias Jung (St Andrews University), European Research Network on Philanthropy conference, ESSEC Business School, Paris ( 9-10 July 2015)
  • Participation and presenter on Scariest Trends in Philanthropy Webinar with Inside Philanthropy Editor, David Callahan, Philanthropy New York, (20 May 2015)
  • Paper on ‘Philanthropy Education in Europe’, Swedish Philanthropy Summit 2015, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (27 April 2015)
  • Participation and presentation at seminar on Philanthropy in Higher Education, University of Kent (10 April 2015)
  • Paper on Political Philosophy of Philanthropy for PG module Fundraising and Philanthropy, University of Kent (16 March 2015)
  • Review of case studies on major foundations for Gayle Peterson, Said Business School, University of Oxford (24 February 2015)
  • Participation in ‘Knowledge Exchange Workshop’ on Billionaires, Advanced Capitalism, Philanthropy and Democracy convened by Professor Zoltan Acs, LSE (20 February 2015)

Should we be afraid? Scary trends in philanthropy

At the end of last October, David Callahan, editor of the Inside Philanthropyblog, posted his list of five scary trends in US philanthropy. They ranged from philanthropy’s influence on on public policy to questions of power relations between donors and grantees. Alliance philanthropy magazine ran with this question asking whether these trends apply elsewhere. In the piece, I share some thoughts on what to expect in the UK http://www.alliancemagazine.org/article/should-we-be-afraid/