ERNOP Online Series 2022-2023

Engaging younger generations’ philanthropic citizenship

October 25, 2022, 11-12 AM (CET)

Speaker: Dr Alison Body (Senior Lecturer in Philanthropic Studies and Social Policy

Director of Philanthropic Studies, University of Kent)

Discussant: Sevda Kilicalp (Head of Research & Knowledge Development, Philea)

About this seminar: Engaging a new generation of donors is essential for the philanthropic sector. At what age and how can people be stimulated to give? Dr Alison Body (University of Kent) concludes that children are often overlooked in discussions about giving. This although even at a young age, people are generous, but via other means than giving money. Therefore, their generosity should not be overlooked. Engaging people from a young age increases the chance of a child understanding the importance of giving. In short, she will discuss how charities can engage new generations to develop their philanthropic citizenship.

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About Dr Alison Body

Dr Alison Body is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, and a member of the Centre for Philanthropy. Dr Body started her career in 2001 working in children and youth charities, specialising in early intervention services and advocating for children’s participation rights. Her experience includes leading a large children’s charity, strategic development of the third sector, fundraising and volunteer management. In 2008, she joined Kent County Council as a senior Commissioner of early intervention services. Driven by these experiences, she completed her PhD at Kent in 2016, exploring the relationship between children’s charities and the State. After working at Canterbury Christ Church University between 2015-2017 as a Faculty Director in the School of Childhood and Education Sciences, Alison joined the University of Kent in January 2019.

Dr Body strongly believes in bringing together research and practice, and regularly speaks at charity sector, education and public-sector events. She contributes to discussions around state funding, philanthropy in public sector services and charitable giving, in a range of media outlets.   

About the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent

We are one of the UK’s leading centres for philanthropy research, teaching and public engagement. We conduct robust and relevant research in partnership with charity sector partners on a range of topics, including fundraising, major donors, giving circles, giving across the life course, corporate philanthropy, and philanthropy’s relationship with social justice. This research informs our teaching, in which we use innovative methods to engage with both undergraduate and postgraduate students, many of whom work in the charity sector or have ambitions to do so. Our expertise makes us a regular source of comment and analysis for the media in Britain and beyond, and we are always keen to explore new opportunities to share our work with diverse audiences.

We also regularly speak to local, national and international charities to explore ways in which our research can inform their work and in turn how their experience can guide our future research.


About Dr Sevda Kilicalp

Sevda leads on Philea’s research and knowledge development work to contribute to building Philea’s knowledge base on European philanthropy, and increasing the quality of data being created and used by the philanthropic organisations to make critical decisions, improve their practices, and enhance their impact. With experience in the full research project life cycle both within industry and academic/research-intensive contexts, her work entails providing high level research support to the Knowledge team, developing and managing Philea’s research agenda; seeking out new opportunities for research collaboration for Philea; serving as liaison to academic institutions and research centres on philanthropy; turning data into insights; using learnings from peer exchanges to create new knowledge products; and ensuring that peer exchanges are informed by the latest research in the field.

Sevda has worked in and around philanthropy for two decades and is deeply invested in blending practice with the study of philanthropy. She has a PhD in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and a Master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies and Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Bologna.

About Philea

Philanthropy Europe Association (Philea) nurtures a diverse and inclusive ecosystem of foundations, philanthropic organisations and networks in over 30 countries that work for the common good. We unite over 10,000 public-benefit foundations that seek to improve life for people and communities in Europe and around the world.

We want to inspire, connect and represent the European philanthropy sector and enhance its role as a credible and trustworthy partner, today and tomorrow. We foster collaboration in order to increase synergies, scale up innovation and use our voice to impact policy that enables positive change

We believe that philanthropy in Europe plays a unique, risk-taking role in sparking innovation and acting as a catalyst for good. We want to connect citizens and communities with philanthropic organisations and contribute to building more resilient, sustainable and just societies.