European Research Network on Philanthropy

The State of Giving Research in Europe

The first publication of ERNOPs’ collaboration has been a book that provides an overview of current philanthropic research in Europe. This overview gives much-anticipated insights into the study of philanthropy (private action for the public good) in twelve European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom). This publication shows that there are many individual researchers and academic institutions in different countries invested in the study of philanthropy. For most countries, both population surveys and aggregated data on giving are available. These data sources are used to provide key statistics on philanthropy in Europe. The State of Giving Research shows that there is a bright future for the study of philanthropy in Europe, although there is a dire need for standardization and collaboration between research projects and countries.

Wiepking, P. (Ed.) (2009). The State of Giving Research in Europe: Household Donations to Charitable Organizations in Twelve European Countries. An ERNOP Publication. Pallas (Amsterdam University Press): Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The book is available for €20 (excluding postal costs) through the VU University (email ).