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8th International Research Conference of the European Research Network On Philanthropy

The Changing Face of Philanthropy? Philanthropy in an era of hybridity and alternative forms of organizing


13-14 July, 2017


Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Philanthropy is a rich and varied phenomenon. Today the study of philanthropy is spread over a large number of disciplines. Not only psychologists, economists and sociologists examine the how, when, what, where, why and who of philanthropy, but also scholars in public administration, organizational science, political science, communication science, theology, marketing, behavioral genetics, neurology, biology, and other sciences.

Recent years have witnessed a diversification of the how of philanthropy.  Classic donations from individuals, foundations and commercial enterprises give way to hybrid forms of philanthropy. A distinction between giving and receiving organizations, and foundation and commercial enterprise is no longer easily made. Hosted by the Center for Civil Society Studies at the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, the conference will gather scholars from various disciplines sharing a motivation to discuss the answers on questions of today’s philanthropy and generate new questions about the philanthropy of tomorrow. Participants are especially encouraged to send in proposals addressing the boundaries, new and alternative forms of philanthropy. Not only will the conference serve as a platform to discuss current research developments and to foster new insights about philanthropy today, it will also address the face of philanthropy tomorrow.

The organizers welcome papers addressing national contexts as well as cross-national comparisons. Papers can be either empirical – using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method approaches – or theoretical. Topics at the conference include (but are not limited to):

Topics at the conference include (but are not limited to):

  • Altruism and generosity
  • Bequests and intergenerational transfers
  • Cross-country studies of philanthropy
  • Corporate philanthropy
  • Cross-sector collaboration with for profit organizations or governments
  • Diaspora and community philanthropy
  • Economics of philanthropy
  • Efficacy, efficiency and performance evaluation
  • European philanthropy (or philanthropies)
  • Family philanthropy
  • Fundraising strategies and practices
  • Governance of foundations
  • High net worth philanthropy
  • Impact, outcomes and outputs of philanthropy
  • Legal and fiscal issues in philanthropy
  • Methodology for philanthropy research
  • Morality and ethics of giving
  • Private and public foundations
  • Social innovation, crowdfunding and philanthropy
  • Venture philanthropy, social investment and impact investment
  • Strategies for philanthropy
  • Theories of giving and volunteering
  • Volunteering, giving time

For who:

  • Researchers in all academic disciplines
  • Professionals from and working with the philanthropy sector – including nonprofit executives and staff, foundation staff, consultants, and policymakers.
  • Non-presenters are welcome

Keynote speakers:

Helmut Anheier : The face of European philanthropy

Professor of Sociology Helmut K. Anheier is President and Dean at the Hertie School of Governance (Germany). He also holds a chair of sociology at Heidelberg University and serves as Academic Director of the Centre for Social Investment. As an academic, Helmut Anheier provided us with one of the international standards for classifying non-profit goals. But, what’s more, his contribution to understanding the role of philanthropy and (European) foundations gave valuable insights to the academic community.

In his key-note speech at the ERNOP conference, Helmut Anheier will address the intriguing topic of differences in global philanthropy. Is there such a thing as European philanthropy? What makes a foundation an European one? If we can say that European philanthropy exists, how does it differ from other philanthropy traditions across the globe? And what perspectives for European philanthropy in the future?

Sarah Smith: A changing face of philanthropy?

Sarah Smith is Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol (United Kingdom). Her research interests are in applied micro – specifically consumer behaviour and public economics and her main focus is the economics of not-for-profit organisations. She has been working with a number of charity organisations to understand what motivates individuals to give and how donations respond to different (economic and non-economic) incentives.  Recently, she carried out work on behavioural change related to bequest giving and the effect of larger donations on subsequent pledges. She also carried out excellent work on long-term trends in giving.

At the ERNOP conference in Copenhagen, Sarah Smith will provide us with knowledge based on her research on trends in giving. What prove is there for changes in giving behavior?

Flemming Besenbacher: The Danish model for Industrial Foundations: business and philanthropy hand in hand

Flemming Besenbacher is an outstanding academic, Chairman of the board of the Carlsberg Foundation and Chairman of the Supervisory board of Carlsberg A/S (Denmark). The Carlsberg Foundation is one of the world’s oldest commercial foundations. Next to being the principal shareholder of the worlds thirds largest brewery, it also supports visionary and innovative international basic research within the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Flemming Besenbacher will adress the audience by elaborating on the place foundation owned companies take in the spectrum of philanthropy and self-interest, and the potential of such hybrid models for the future.


When submitting your full paper, please keep in mind

The paper should not exceed 8000 words.
The paper should be submitted as a Word document.
You can find the paper outline instructions here, please use this format for your paper submission.

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PhD Students Rate: € 320

Scholars and non-profit practitioners rate: € 370

Other categories (public and commercial sector): € 420

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