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ERNOP Online Series 2022-2023

Strengthening Community Philanthropy

Speaker: Tobias Jung (Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good, University of St Andrews)

Discussant: James Magowan (European Community Foundation Initiative)

Date: March 7, 2023, 11-12 CET

About this seminar: Spread across multiple settings, fields and disciplines, the notion of community philanthropy is appealing and multi-faceted; it presents an ever-changing arrangement of principles, practices, patterns and perceptions that cover a diversity of interrelated ideas and ideals. However, knowledge and understanding of community philanthropy remain emergent; more diversity in views and voices and a better critically reflective synthesis of empirical and theoretical insights are needed. Tobias Jung will discuss how a more decentred approach to understanding community philanthropy can help us address these challenges. In order to strengthen community philanthropy in Europe, this session explores the community philanthropy ‘kaleidoscope’ as a way to explore, integrate and reflect on community philanthropy’s diverse facets.

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About Prof Tobias Jung

Tobias is the director and founder of the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good, Scotland’s first research centre dedicated to the growing field of philanthropy studies. Alongside exploring the different expressions and traditions of philanthropy, his research focuses particularly on the nature and roles of philanthropic foundations and trusts.

He is the President of the European Reseach Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP), a Trustee of Foundation Scotland, Scotland’s community foundation, and an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Japan Branch.

Prior to joining the School of Management in January 2014, Tobias was Principal Research Fellow at Cass Business School City University London, where he worked with the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP) and the Centre for Charity Effectiveness (CCE). He is a former Governor and Member of the Boards of Trustees of the St Katharine and Shadwell Trust and of London’s EastEnd Community Foundation, and sat on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) in Westminster. Between 2009 and 2015 he also served on the Board of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM).


About the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good

The Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good at the University of St Andrews’ School of Management focuses on strengthening, enhancing and challenging theory, practice and policy relating to philanthropy and its relationship to public good through scholarship, engagement and impact. We take a broad perspective on what constitutes philanthropy. We define philanthropy as ‘the use of private resources – time, treasure, talent, ties – for public purposes’. This casting enables us to take a critically reflective approach to philanthropy: it allows us to consider the diversity of perspectives, principles and practices found in philanthropy and it acknowledges that philanthropy can be, but is not necessarily, a force for good.

Working with relevant individual and organisational stakeholders, we provide an informed platform for the development and discussion of new ideas, practices and thinking in the philanthropy field, act in advisory capacities, and generate awareness of issues relating to philanthropy and the public good.


About Dr James Magowan

James has had a diverse career working in a range of disciplines, from agriculture, through European affairs, to philanthropy, in the private, public and not for profit sectors. James joined the ECFI team in January 2017as co-Coordinating Director. He combined this with his part-time positions as Co-ordinating Director of DAFNE and Northern Ireland Development Officer for the Association of Charitable Foundations in the UK.

Earlier in his career James worked for the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland for a total of 10 years, during which time he was a board member of UKCF (then CFN). He was a Senior Fellow with the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the City University of New York in 2007.

About the European Community Foundation Initiative (ECFI) 

The European Community Foundation Initiative (ECFI) is a collaborative initiative committed to strengthening and promoting the community foundation movement in Europe.

ECFI is hosted by the German Association of Foundations.  We will work with Community Foundations (CFs) and Community Foundation Support Organizations (CFSOs) primarily through facilitating and stimulating interactions to enable learning, knowledge-building and empowerment.  ECFI is also engaged in the mapping and analysis of CF activities and in disseminating information that will facilitate development of the field. We strive to be a central point of contact for wider engagement within the global CF movement.

Financing for the initiative comes from a growing number of foundations which have included the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Körber Foundation and the Lipoid Foundation.