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Interdisciplinary Research on Philanthropy: Connecting the Dots

7th International Conference, 9-10 July 2015


ESSEC Business School

Paris, France


Philanthropy research in Europe is carried out by scholars from a wide variety of disciplines. Also, philanthropy researchers are dispersed among countries, places, universities, faculties and research centers. Hosted by ESSEC Business School in Paris, the conference gathered scholars from various disciplines sharing a motivation to generate new knowledge about philanthropy by connecting the dots between. Participants were especially encouraged to send in proposals cutting through disciplinary and country related issues.  Not only the conference served as a platform to discuss current research developments and to foster new insights about philanthropy, it also emphasized the need for rigor and relevance in philanthropy research.

The conference fostered cooperation and exchange of ideas between academics from various disciplinary backgrounds and practitioners from the philanthropic sector.

 The organizers welcomed papers addressing national contexts as well as cross-national comparisons. Papers could be either empirical – using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method approaches – or theoretical. Topics at the conference included (but are not limited to): 

  • Altruism and generosity
  • Bequests and intergenerational transfers
  • Cross-country studies of philanthropy
  • Corporate philanthropy
  • Cross-sector collaboration with for profit organizations or governments
  • Diaspora and community philanthropy
  • Economics of philanthropy
  • Efficacy, efficiency and performance evaluation
  • European philanthropy (or philanthropies)
  • Family philanthropy
  • Fundraising strategies and practices
  • Governance of foundations
  • High net worth philanthropy
  • Impact, outcomes and outputs of philanthropy
  • Legal and fiscal issues in philanthropy
  • Methodology for philanthropy research
  • Morality and ethics of giving
  • Private and public foundations
  • Social innovation, crowdfunding and philanthropy
  • Venture philanthropy, social investment and impact investment
  • Strategies for philanthropy
  • Theories of giving and volunteering
  • Volunteering, giving time

The conference was open to academic researchers and practitioners from the philanthropic sector from Europe and other countries.

Papers presented at the conference are available for (associated) ERNOP members through the member portal.