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11th International Research Conference of the European Research Network On Philanthropy

Philanthropy and crises: Roles and functioning of philanthropy in times of societal upheavals


29-30th June, 2023


University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.


How come that a societal phenomenon that is defined as ‘private action for the public good’ and literally is translated as ‘love for mankind’ often has to deal with negative perceptions in the public opinion? How can philanthropic organisations and initiatives remain better connected with their constituency and societal stakeholders? And to what extent is philanthropy able to overcome its shortcomings and can it live up to its potential? What can we learn from history in the role philanthropy can play in transforming our society to address the crises of tomorrow? What is the relevance of alternative sources of philanthropy like data and to what extent can this be used by philanthropic organisations? 

Against the background of these crises and developments – we invite contributors of papers to reflect and share their work on the roles that philanthropy in its different forms can play during and after crisis and social upheavals. What is needed to make philanthropy live up to its potentially catalytic capacities? How does philanthropy develop during crises and how can philanthropic behaviour be sustained when a crisis fades away? To what extent does this vary depending on individual, organisational or national contexts?  

Let us collectively build and harvest our knowledge on philanthropy. Join us as we consider how  philanthropy – in all its forms – plays its role in the crisis of the past, present and can live up to its potential in the future. 

Hosted by the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb, the conference will welcome  scholars from all disciplines and practitioners of philanthropy who share a motivation to discuss the purpose and practice of philanthropy in the present day, and to generate new questions about how philanthropy might develop in the future. The conference will also offer participants the opportunity to learn about the developments in philanthropic practice in Europe and especially in the context of Central and Eastern European Countries. 

Papers are invited to speak to these conference themes and also to the a broad range of related themes.

More information and the full call for proposals can be found at