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ERNOP Online Series 2022-2023

Why work in philanthropy or NPOs? Attracting and maintaining managers and leaders for philanthropy today and tomorrow.

Speaker: Nils Geib (Department of Scioeconomics, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Hamburg)

Discussant: Delphine Moralis (Philea)

Date: December 6, 2023, 11-12 CET

About this seminar: Beyond intrinsic motivation, money, and job security, what role can leadership development play in attracting much-needed staff to philanthropy? Through internal talent pools, the leadership potential of foundations, fundraising organisations and nonprofit organisations is nurtured and sustained. Nils Geib will discuss how sector-specific HRM strategies that promote these pools safeguard organisations against situations of uncertainty and crises, which may trigger shortages of top staff. How can foundations and NPOs provide and maintain their organisations with good talent pools? In this session, he will provide insights into what makes today’s talent decide for or against jobs in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector by focussing on recruitment efforts and motivators that are key for decisions on a career for today’s talents.

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About Nils Geib, M.A.

Nils Geib is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Socioeconomics, chaired by Prof. Boenigk.

About the School of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg

Chaired by Prof Silke Boenigk. The Chair of Management of Public, Private & Nonprofit Organizations teaches and researches the particularities of managing Nonprofit Organizations as well as the interfaces to administration and market-oriented companies. Topics are among others: Donations of Money, Time and Blood, Philanthrophy in Europe, Nonprofit Governance, Nonprofit Leadership, Nonprofit Branding & Marketing, Social Investments. Our research takes up current practical challenges and is internationally and empirically oriented. In 2010 we entered a research cooperation with the DRK Blutspendedienst Nord/Ost (German Red Cross Blood Donation Service North-East) on “Health Marketing” in the area of Blood Donation Research. Research questions adressed by the Chair are, among others:

  • Why do blood donors stop giving?
  • How do nonprofit organizations build long-term relationships with the next generation of donors?
  • What are the service needs of refugees and barriers to integration?
  • What pressures keep nonprofit organizations from investing in their organizational infrastructure?
  • What does it take to transform prosocial motivation into prosocial behavior?


About Delphine Moralis

Delphine Moralis is responsible for the overall functioning of the organisation and overseeing the secretariat’s strategic direction, as well as playing the lead role in liaising with Philea’s President, boards and committees. Prior to joining Philea, Delphine was Secretary General of Terre des Hommes International Federation, Secretary General of Missing Children Europe, and has also held positions in advocacy and public affairs at Child Focus, the European Youth Forum and Cable Europe. In December 2021 Delphine was appointed President of the Board of Directors for Enabel, the Belgian development agency which aims to build a sustainable world where women and men live under the rule of law and are free to thrive. She has a Master’s degree in Philosophy and an Advanced Master’s Degree in European Studies from KU Leuven.

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.