ERNOP Conference 2021



10th International Research Conference of the European Research Network On Philanthropy

Building Bridges in the aftermath of covid-19: Where will the Philanthropy of Today lead us Tomorrow?


Main conference:

2-3 December, 2021

Registration open: December 2, 8.45 AM

Opening keynote plenary session: December 2, 9.30 AM

Conference ends: December 3, 2.30 PM. 

Please note that pre-conference events take place on December 1 (see below, more information to follow). 

ERNOP PhD Workshop


University College Dublin, Ireland

Practical information, hotels and local transportation:

Practical information regarding the location, hotels and local transportation can be found in this document. If you are interested in exhibiting your work and/or organization, advertise during the conference or interested in sponsoring this conference, you can find more information here.

Complimentary visit of the Book of Kells
Through the good auspices of our host committee and the generosity of Trinity College Dublin, one of our sponsors, we will be able to offer registered delegates (and a guest) an opportunity to visit the Book of Kells during their time in Dublin.  Please note that ticket reservation is required!



As the new century comes of age – at 21 – this conference will address the contribution of philanthropy in Europe to bridge existing and new divides in society. Covid-19 has put tremendous strains on the way we were used to organize our societies. What role for philanthropy to bridge the gaps caused by covid-19? What effects does covid-19 has on philanthropy itself? And to what extent can philanthropy overcome populism, polarization and rising levels of inequality and immigration to keep communities together by connecting religious groups, native and immigrant groups, the rich and poor and address the Sustainable Development Goals? As philanthropy is increasingly viewed from a critical perspective, we invite you to explore its responsibility to reduce inequality and what consequences this may have in the future.

Now is the time to bridge the gap between theory and practice in the philanthropic space and we should address the question on how to best organize this. To what extent are the concepts of charitable giving and philanthropic giving intertwined or diverging roads? How will we navigate the tensions that exist between government funding  and private philanthropic giving?  Join us as we consider how  philanthropy  (including venture philanthropy, social impact investment and social innovation) shape the landscape of giving in the twenty-first century in the aftermath of covid-19.

Hosted by the Sutherland School of Law at University College Dublin, in partnership with, Trinity College Dublin and Philanthropy Ireland, 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.

Scholars and philanthropy professionals are invited to speak to these conference themes and also to the following related areas:

  • Altruism and generosity
  • Bequests and intergenerational transfers
  • Cross-border giving
  • Comparative cross-country studies of philanthropy
  • Corporate philanthropy and CSR
  • COVID-19 and philanthropy
  • Cross-sector collaboration with for profit organizations and government
  • Diaspora and community philanthropy
  • Donor motivations, concerns and advisory needs
  • Economics of philanthropy
  • Efficacy, efficiency and performance evaluation
  • Emerging philanthropy (philanthropies)
  • European philanthropy (or philanthropies)
  • Family philanthropy
  • Fundraising strategies and practices
  • Foundation roles and strategies
  • Governance of foundations
  • High net worth philanthropy
  • Impact, outcomes and outputs of philanthropy
  • Inclusion and philanthropy
  • Legal, fiscal and regulatory issues in philanthropy
  • Methodology for philanthropy research
  • Morality and ethics of giving
  • New frontiers and innovation in philanthropy
  • Philanthropy and democracy
  • Private and public foundations
  • SDGs and philanthropy
  • Social innovation, crowdfunding and philanthropy
  • Strategies for philanthropy
  • Theories of giving and volunteering
  • Venture philanthropy, social investment
  • Volunteering, giving time
  • Other philanthropy related topics

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

Academic Keynote speaker

Beth Breeze, Centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent

Beth Breeze is Director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, which she co-founded in 2008. Beth began her career as a fundraiser for a youth homelessness charity, and spent a decade working in a variety of fundraising, research and charity management roles, including as deputy director at the Institute for Philanthropy. Beth has written and edited several prize winning books. She is currently working on ‘In defence of philanthropy’ in which she is exploring the reputation of philanthropy in contemporary society and tackles main critiques levelled at philanthropy.

Beth has served as trustee for the Cardinal Hume Centre for young homeless people, as a commissioner on the Commission for the Donor Experience, as publications editor of Philanthropy UK, as a member of the President’s advisory council at NCVO; as a member of the Advisory Group of the Charity Tax Commission; member of the editorial board of Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and is a member of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute Research Committee, Lilly School of Philanthropy, Indiana University, USA.

Keynote Panel

This panel explores the extent to which the concepts of charitable giving and philanthropic giving are intertwined or diverge and how the tensions that exist between government funding  and private philanthropic giving can be navigated.  It invites the panellists to consider the respective limitations and complementarity of these funding streams. Where is there best scope for leveraging philanthropic funding? What role can research play in bridging the inevitable gaps? 

Rhodri Davies, Pears Foundation and Research Fellow at the Centre for Philanthropy (University of Kent)

Rhodri Davies is a widely-respected expert and commentator on philanthropy and civil society issues. He is the author of Public Good by Private Means: How philanthropy shapes Britain, which traces the history of philanthropy in Britain and what it tells us about the modern context. He is currently in the process of establishing (with the support of the Pears Foundation) a new entity that will focus on developing better understanding of and engagement with philanthropy, and also works in-house at the Pears Foundation to help them and their partner organisations think through philanthropy issues. Rhodri also works part-time as a Pears Fellow in the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent. He was formerly Head of Policy at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), and established and led Giving Thought – CAF’s think tank focussing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. Rhodri created and hosted CAF’s popular bi-weekly Giving Thought podcast -which ran for over 100 episodes between 2017 and 2020. He has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics – from charity taxation to the civil society applications of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Rhodri graduated from the University of Oxford with a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy and embarked upon an academic career before migrating into public policy work, where he has spent over a decade specialising in the policy aspects of philanthropy and charitable giving. He is involved with a number of external projects and steering groups, including the World Economic Forum Technology and Social Justice Initiative, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Better Giving Studio and the Wellcome Trust-funded Border Crossings project (which is exploring the relationship between voluntary action and the NHS since 1948).

Madeleine Clarke, Founding Director of Genio, Ireland  

Madeleine Clarke is the founder and Executive Director of Genio which is a European organisation based in Ireland working with philanthropy and the public sector at national and EU levels. In Ireland Genio works collaboratively to reform social service systems to re-configure resources towards cost-effective supports for people to live self-determined lives as valued and participating members of society. Genio combines fund-management, capacity-building, action research and impact-measurement to effect change in a citizen-centred, cost-effective direction. To date, Genio has worked in mental health, disability, homelessness, dementia, drug addiction and persons seeking international protection. Within Genio, Madeleine leads the European Social Catalyst Fund established and co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Genio, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the King Baudouin Foundation. The European Social Catalyst Fund is providing financial and capacity-building support to develop plans to scale proven social service innovations within and across European Union Member States. 

Prior to establishing Genio Madeleine has held a number of leadership roles as a professional psychologist, manager and consultant to philanthropic, government and social service providing organisations. She was Chair of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (where she is currently a Board Director) which consists of 320 organisations interested in, or practising, venture philanthropy and social investment across 29 countries. She was a Board Director of Social Venture Partners International and was the inaugural chair of the Children’s Rights Alliance in Ireland.  Madeleine is an experienced and strategic leader, expert in complex systems change and has been dedicated throughout her 40 year career to bringing about sustainable improvements in the lives of people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. She holds an M.A. psychology, University College Dublin and MSc., University of Wales.

Elizabeth McKeon, Head of Climate Action, IKEA Foundation, the Netherlands 

Liz McKeon is Head of Climate Action at the IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. She joined the foundation in 2014, taking part in the extraordinary growth and maturation of one Europe’s largest private philanthropies.  She currently heads a team working to secure the 1.5°C degree ambition of the Paris Agreement by enacting systemic shifts in the real economy and the finance sector.

For several decades, Liz has worked in global development, ever more convinced that structural injustice inhibits equality and human progress. Her views began taking root on a teaching assignment in apartheid-era South Africa, and have continued through her career at organizations including the Ford Foundation, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).

Liz is Chair of the Board of Alliance Publishing Trust, publishers of Alliance Magazine, the leading magazine for philanthropy and social investment worldwide. She is a firm believer that philanthropies operate at their highest level when they commit to regular knowledge sharing and candid dialogue. She holds an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a B.S. in Russian from Georgetown University. Liz is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and recently concluded a seven year engagement as a founding board member of /TheRules (  



ERNOP welcomes presenters and non-presenters

PhD Students Rate: € 249 (early bird), € 299 (regular)

Scholars and non-profit practitioners rate: € 349 (early bird), € 399 (regular)

Other categories (public and commercial sector): € 449 (early bird), € 499 (regular)

Early Bird Rate ends: September 17, 2021


For presenting your individual work at the ERNOP Conference 2021,  you are highly encouraged to submit your full paper before the conference. This will enable conference participants to read your work before your session and to provide you with valuable feedback and will increase the quality of your session. Furthermore, submission of your full conference paper by November 12, 2021 is required for your paper to be considered for the ERNOP Best Conference Paper Award.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Registration deadline paper presenters: October 22, 2021
  • Full papers: November 12, 2021

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