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ERNOP Online Series 2023-2024

European Philanthropy Research for Philanthropy Professionals

What role for philanthropy in times of ongoing uncertainty? Climate change, artificial intelligence, migration, growing (wealth) inequality and deglobalization provide opportunities and challenges for the philanthropy sector.

In an inventory among ERNOPs key partners – Philea, European Fundraising Association, Centre for European Volunteering and European Venture Philanthropy Associaton and a broader survey among associated institutional members, institutional supporters and the philanthropy sector at large, ERNOP has asked which questions that are on the agenda among Europe’s research centres and chairs of philanthropy should be developed into a Science and Society Seminar. With the ERNOP Science and Society Seminar webinars, ERNOP aims to continue building bridges between professionals working in, with and for philanthropy in Europe and the European academics studying philanthropy.

Join us to gain valuable insights and expertise in vital areas for philanthropy with experts from key research institutes in Europe in the ERNOP Science and Society Seminar Series 2023-2024. Continue the conversation at the coffee table and in the board rooms, and implement the knowledge in developing the policy of your philanthropic organization to be better informed to address the challenges of today and tomorrow.


Program 2023-2024 

Unlocking Cross-Border Philanthropy: Navigating Tax Complexities

October 31, 2023, 10-11 (CET)

Speaker: Giedre Lideikyte-Huber (Geneva Centre for Philanthropy, University of Geneva)

Discussant: Anne-Laure Paquot (Transnational Giving Europe)

About this seminar:

This ERNOP Science and Society Webinar will delve into the theme of cross-border giving through a tax lens. This seminar is aimed to resonate with philanthropy professionals, providing legal and practical insights into the tax landscape surrounding international charitable donations and fundraising. While the realm of contemporary philanthropy expands beyond borders to address pressing global issues, the tax frameworks of multiple states often remain confined within their jurisdictions. This ERNOP Science and Society Seminar discussion will shed light on the challenges posed by this discrepancy.

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Cross-Sector Collaboration: Working with Governments

December 5, 2023, 10-11 AM (CET)

Speaker: Galia Feit (The Institute for Law and Philanthropy, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv  University)

Discussant: Hanna Surmatz (Philanthropy Europe Association)

About this seminar:

This ERNOP Science and Society Seminar explores how foundations collaborate with governments, examining their perceived roles and regulations. Using Israeli joint ventures as a case study, Galia Feit presents findings on partnership rationales, authority, influence, and philanthropic funding advantages, aiming to stimulate broader discussions among scholars and practitioners.

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Developing an ethical compass in fundraising

January 30, 2024, 11-12 AM (CET)

Speakers: Tine Faseur (Department of Marketing, KU Leuven) and Tine de Bock (Department of Marketing, KU Leuven)

Discussant: Charlotte Rydh (European Fundraising Association & Giva Sverige)

About this seminar:

What drives individual donors’ ethical beliefs of fundraising practices? To what extent do fundraising organisations and fundraisers take these beliefs into account when developing and executing fundraising strategies?  In this ERNOP Science and Society Seminar, Tine Faseur and Tine De Bock from KU Leuven enrich this area of fundraising ethics by presenting their recent work on ethical beliefs of donors and practices by fundraising organisations. 

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Governance of Impact: Can European foundations rise to the challange?

February 13, 2023, 10-11 AM (CET)

Speaker: Dr. Lisa Hehenberger (Associate Professor at Esade; Director of the Esade Center for Social Impact) 

Discussant: Dr. Henrik Brinkmann (Senior Expert Impact Management and Monitoring at Bertelsmann Stiftung) 

About this seminar:

Governance of impact is central to creating, implementing, and assessing an organization’s impact strategy to make optimal decisions to further its mission. It is central to creating, implementing, and then assessing the foundation’s strategy and deciding how grant-making or operating budgets are spent. In November 2023, the Esade Center for Social Impact (ECSI) published the report ‘Governance of Impact – Can European Foundations Rise to the Challenge’, to bring governance to the center of the impact measurement and management conversation, under the hypothesis that effective governance of impact can result in enhanced social value. During the event, Dr. Lisa Hehenberger, Director of ECSI, will present key insights from the report and discuss them with Dr. Henrik Brinkmann, Senior Expert Impact Management and Monitoring at of Bertelsmann Stiftung. Together, they will review the definition of governance of impact, explore the hidden aspects that underlie it, and present the roadmap for improving governance of impact supported by Bertelsmann Stiftung’s case study.

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Trust-based Funding: The Role of Unrestricted Funding in Developing Nonprofit Capacities and Effectiveness

March 5, 2024, 10-11 AM (CET)

Speakers: Pamala Wiepking (Center for Grantmaking Research, VU Amsterdam & IU Lilly School of Philanthropy) and Nora Wilhelm (the well • change atelier and collaboratio helvetica)

Discussant: Stefanos Oikonomou (Philanthropy Europe Assocation)

About this seminar:

How does unrestricted funding lead to increased nonprofit capacities? What factors can influence the decision to (not) provide unrestricted funding? Recent developments show a trend where large foundations move towards more unrestricted and trust-based funding practices. Research shows that unrestricted funding can play an important role in the development of nonprofit capacities, such as financial management, operational capacity, mission orientation and innovation. And increased nonprofit capacities lead to higher nonprofit effectiveness: the extent to which an organization achieves its goals. In this session, we will explain how (gradations of) unrestricted funding lead to increased nonprofit capacities and pay particular attention to the role of funders.

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Impact Measurement Made Easy? Towards a Standard Blueprint

May 28, 2024, 10-11 AM CET

Speaker: Georg Mildenberger (Centre for Social Investment, University of Heidelberg)

Discussant: Priscilla Boiardi (OECD Center on Philanthropy, NetFWD)

About this seminar:

Can we develop a standard tool for impact measurement? What would be the advantages of such a tool and how could such a tool be made feasible and applicable? Based on the ongoing project ‘Impact of Social Innovation’ that is carried out by the Centre for Social Investment at the University of Heidelberg, Dr. Georg Mildenberger will build on the standard input, output, outcome and impact (IOOI) model and provide suggestions for a blueprint of impact measurement models, but will also address the downsides of using such models. 

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