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On the left you can find more information on the institutions and chairs  on philanthropy in each country and (if available) a philanthropy profile for each country. 

The total amount of philanthropic contributions in Europe is estimated at EUR 87.5 billion annually (2013). This is a lower bound estimate from 20 European countries that contributed to Giving in Europe, the first study measuring philanthropy in Europe. 

Giving in Europe sheds light on European philanthropy and serves as a tool to measure the prosocial surplus in European societies. It is an initial attempt to map philanthropy in Europe and presents a first overall estimation of the total philanthropic giving by households, bequests, foundations, corporations and charity lotteries. For each source of philanthropy (households, foundations, corporations and charity lotteries) it describes available data sources,  including an assessment of the quality of each data source.  A summary for each country is available here, full country descriptions are available in the member portal. 

Based on available data the study shows that households (including bequests) are the main source of philanthropic contributions (53%, EUR 46 billion), followed by corporations (25%, EUR 21.7 billion), foundations (19%, EUR 16 billion) and lotteries (3%, EUR 3 billion).

This pioneering study has been carried out by the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) in 2017. 

two-pager with the most important numbers and an Executive Summary are available as download. All country reports are available in the ERNOP member portal.

The full publication is also available for (associated) ERNOP members and institutional supporters upon request.

Become an (associated) member today and/or support ERNOP in it’s mission to advance, coordinate and promote philanthropy research in Europe. 

Giving in Europe. The State of Research on Giving in 20 European Countries. Barry Hoolwerf & Theo Schuyt (eds.). Lenthe Publishers. Amsterdam, 2017. ISBN 9789075458862

For more information on the study contact Barry Hoolwerf: