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Issue V: December 2023

Crowdfunding donors are not the usual suspects

Author(s): Claire van Teunenbroek – University of Twente | Sandra Hasanefendic – Vrije Universiteit

Provided by: Gerjob Lootens from CBF, Toezicht op goeddoen (Dutch regulator on philanthropy).

This article is focussed on understanding who donates via crowdfunding and what characterises their giving behaviour. This enables us to understand and predict giving behaviour in a crowdfunding context. The authors focus on the following question: “Who gives via crowdfunding, and to what extent did online giving via crowdfunding change during the COVID-19 pandemic?”


Author(s): Alison Body – University of Kent | Emily Lau – University of Kent

Provided by: Lucy Pfliger from France générosités

The paper focuses on “student philanthropy“, a learning module that integrates charitable giving within traditional academic courses. Teaching philanthropy allows students to strengthen their involvement within society and better understand the non-profit and philanthropic sector. The authors evaluate a student philanthropy module at the University of Kent (UK) and reflect on how to ensure its success. Since the module is one of the first of its kind in the UK, it provides key insights at both the local and international levels.


Author(s): Jakub Dostál – College of Polytechnics | Vladimír Hyánek – Masaryk University

Provided by: Peter Stemp from La Salle Foundation

In the Czech Republic, religiosity is decreasing, and distrust in church institutions is on the rise. Despite this, volunteerism and revenue have consistently increased for Caritas Czech Republic’s primary fundraising initiative. This study explores religiosity and trust in the church in the context of fundraising and volunteerism for faith-based organizations in post-communist Czech Republic.


Author(s): Ian MacQuillin – Rogare – The Fundraising Think Tank | Rita Kottasz – Kingston Business School | Juniper Locilento – National Arts Centre Foundation | Neil Gallaiford – Stephen Thomas Ltd
Provided by: Mårten Palmefors from Giva Sverige, the Swedish Fundraising Association

Disintermediated giving, or giving to a cause without partly or fully using a middleman such as a charity organisation to reach the beneficiary, raises questions about practices, ethics, regulation and accountability. However, without a framework in place, addressing these questions in a structured manner becomes challenging. The study creates a typology of the main types of disintermediated giving and conducts a brief exploration of the ethical and regulatory issues within each one.


Author(s): Maikel Meijeren – Radboud University | Marcel Lubbers – Utrecht University | Peer Scheepers – Radboud University
Provided by: Ksenija Fonovic from CSV Lazio

Socio-Structural Determinants in Volunteering for Humanitarian Organizations: A Resource-Based Approach” helps volunteer coordinators, advocacy leaders, and volunteer support centers understand the characteristics of individuals most likely to engage in volunteer activities for integration. The authors distinguish between ‘activist,’ ‘interest,’ and ‘leisure’ organizations; each of these types attracts potential volunteers with somewhat different characteristics.


Author(s): Pamala Wiepking – IU Luly Family School of Philanthropy and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | Arjen de Wit – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Provided by: Esther Edlundh-Rose from SEB

The authors have studied how unrestricted funding affects a number of capacities of non-profit organisations. This provides a starting point to better understand how unrestricted funding supports the development of non-profit organisations and guidelines for grant makers and philanthropists in their strategic planning. The key question in this article is what positive and negative effects unrestricted funding has on non-profit organisations.


Author(s): Georg von Schnurbein – University of Basel | Eva Hollenstein – Swiss Centre for International Health | Nicholas Arnold – University of Basel | Florian Liberatore – Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Provided by: Connor Audsley from The Centre for European Volunteering

This paper analyses reasons for tensions between volunteers and health care professionals working together within the health sector, and how these tensions can be managed, with implications for how the sector can best collaborate. What preceeds tensions between Volunteers and Healthcare Professionals, and how is this viewed differently by managers and volunteers?


Author(s): Stephanie Koolen-Maas – VU Amsterdam | Lucas Meijs – Erasmus University | Philine van Overbeeke – Erasmus University | Jeffrey Brudney† – University of North Carolina
Provided by: Megan Burgoyne from The Centre for European Volunteering

The article focusses on redefining the concept of volunteering as a natural resource. It proposes to break down this concept into three distinct volunteer resources, each with its own characteristics and dynamics. The paper aims to provide a more nuanced understanding of volunteering and its various forms and dynamics. The key concept is that volunteering can be understood as a human-made, renewable resource that can be grown and recycled. The concept of volunteering is compared to a natural resource and suggests that, as a result, better management of volunteering is required to manage this ‘resource’.


Author(s): Etienne Eichenberger- WISE Philanthropy Advisors| Malgorzata Smulowitz – IMD Business School| Peter Vogel – IMD Business School
Provided by: Lisa Frantzen from TCC Group

This paper describes how philanthropic families can organize their resources and governance to achieve their desired impact across generations. The authors propose questions to help families understand how philanthropy fits into their set of family enterprises and decide on appropriate implementation structures. Careful consideration of aspects of philanthropy such as how resources are mobilized and decisions are made, what type of legal structure is used, and how the philanthropy may evolve over time, help family philanthropy be sustainable and avoid barriers to achieving philanthropic goals.


Author(s): Oonagh B. Breen – University College Dublin | Carolyn J. Cordery – Victoria University of Wellington
Provided by: Anne-Laure Paquot from Transnational Giving Europe

Over the past 20 years, the role and value of civil society has been increasingly recognized by the European institutions. Yet, obstacles continue to hamper the free movement of philanthropic capital across the European Union. Analysing the EU regulatory space, this paper examines what structural, policy and fiscal barriers affects cross-border tax-effective generosity, offering a ‘navigational map’ to overcome them.