New role at Alliance magazine

I am delighted to be taking up a new position as Acting Editor of Alliance magazine in January 2016. Alliance is a leading source of news and analysis in the world of philanthropy, and I am looking forward to joining the team in my first editorial role.

At the end of this month, I will be stepping down from the Oxford Centre for the Study of Philanthropy. The need for more scholarship is undoubted and it has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to lay foundations for the Centre in its first phase building on my recent study of philanthropy education.

The full text of my new job announcement is below and a link to some earlier pieces for Alliance is here

I look forward to working with you in 2016.


Alliance Magazine appoints new Acting Editor

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Charles Keidan as Acting Editor of Alliance magazine. 

Charles joins the organisation with over a decade of philanthropy sector experience having previously worked as Executive Director of Pears Foundation and more recently the Oxford Centre for the Study of Philanthropy as well as teaching and research roles at Stanford University and City University London.

The Board of Trustees and all Alliance staff are enthusiastic about this appointment. We are planning many new developments for 2016 and we look forward to continuing to serve the sector and expand Alliance’s reach with Charles onboard for the first half of the year.

Alliance Publishing Trust will be recruiting for a permanent Editor in the New Year.  

Speaking of his appointment, Charles said “I am delighted to assume the role of Acting Editor of Alliance. During the decade that I have read and contributed to the magazine, I have come to regard Alliance as an invaluable source of insight and expertise on philanthropy. I know this view is widely shared across the global philanthropy community so it is a special responsibility, and honour, to take on this role. I look forward to working with the Alliance team and to building upon deep foundations laid by the Alliance Publishing Trust Trustees, the Editorial Advisory Board and, in particular, long-standing former editor, Caroline Hartnell.”

Charles can be contacted at


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

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

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

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.

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)