Philanthropy to the rescue? Seminar Series 2017-07-26T10:51:28+00:00

Philanthropy to the rescue?

Exploring the opportunities, strengths and challenges of philanthropy

ESRC Seminar Series 2015-17

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), grant reference ES/M002578/1, the seminar series ‘Philanthropy to the rescue? Exploring the opportunities, strengths and challenges of philanthropy’ was led by the University of St Andrews and brought together partners and stakeholders from academia, practice and policy to:

  • develop a UK network of academic and non-academic stakeholders interested in engaged, interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship on philanthropy;

  • build philanthropy theory, practice and research methodology; and

  • grow future thought leaders on philanthropy.

Between December 2015 and January 2017, the series’ six seminars (London, Dublin, Nottingham, Glasgow, St Andrews, London) brought together a total of 180 UK and international participants to discuss insights, share expertise and exchange knowledge on philanthropy. Details of, and material from, these seminars can be found below.

The work started by the series continues through a number of new initiatives, including the Global Perspectives on Philanthropy and Public Good book series, the Let’s Talk About… conversations, and the Annual Scottish Philanthropy Innovation and Research Exchange (ASPIRE). For further information, please email info[at]philanthropy.scot

Images and impressions from the seminars

Seminar 1 – Philanthropy: Tainted?

Exploring the ‘dark side’ of philanthropy

3rd December 2015

Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy, Cass Business School City University London

In common with all human activity, philanthropy has a ‘dark side’. Discussing this relatively unexplored area, this seminar addresses questions of obligation and accountability. Touching on issues of unintentional harm, violations of non-criminal moral norms, as well as serious crime, questions around ‘appropriate’ and ‘inappropriate’ philanthropy will be considered.

 

Programme and speakers

10:00 Registration, tea and coffee

10:30-10:45 Welcome and introduction to the day

Dr Tobias Jung, Senior Lecturer, University of St Andrews, Principal Investigator for the Seminar Series

10:45-11:30 Exploring the concept of distrust in the context of philanthropy

Professor Rosalind Searle, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Psychology, Coventry University Business School

11:30-12:15 The dark side of NGOs in historical perspective: shedding historical light on contemporary problems

Dr Tom Davies, Senior Lecturer in International Politics, School of Arts and Social Sciences, City University London

12:15-13:00 Are there shadow sides in philanthropy systems?

Michele Fugiel Gartner, Independent researcher, formerly Director, Strategic Investments and Evaluation, The Trico Foundation, Calgary

13:00-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:30 The disinvestment debates: performance versus ethics?

Professor Jenny Harrow, Co-Director, Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy

14:30-15:15 Volunteering and volunteer management: reflecting on shadow sides

Professor Jo Sylvester, Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Management, Cass Business School

15:15-15:30 Tea and coffee

15:30-16:15 ‘Lightening our darkness?’ Interpreting new research on foundation philanthropy and family foundation philanthropy in the UK

Professor Cathy Pharoah, Co-Director, Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy

16:15-16:30 Reflections and themes from the day

Professor Anthony Tomei, Trustee, Association of Charitable Foundations, Visiting Professor, Kings College London, Department of Education

To register and reserve your place, please click here. Please note that this event is fully booked.

Overview and day summary

Philanthropy to the rescue – Seminar 1 summary

Presentations

Exploring the concept of distrust in the context of philanthropy – please click here for PDF

Professor Rosalind Searle, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Psychology, Coventry University Business School

Are there shadow sides in philanthropy systems? – please click here for PDF

Michele Fugiel Gartner, Independent researcher, formerly Director, Strategic Investments and Evaluation, The Trico Foundation, Calgary

The disinvestment debates: performance versus ethics? – please click here for PDF

Professor Jenny Harrow, Co-Director, Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy

Volunteering and volunteer management: reflecting on shadow sides – please click here for PDF

Professor Jo Sylvester, Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Management, Cass Business School

‘Lightening our darkness?’ Interpreting new research on foundation philanthropy and family foundation philanthropy in the United Kingdom – please click here for PDF

Professor Cathy Pharoah, Co-Director, Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy

Seminar 2 – Philanthropy: Tribunal?

Exploring philanthropy’s role and influence in agenda setting and policy making.

7th March 2016 

Trinity College Dublin

Despite philanthropists’ and philanthropic foundations’ increasing engagement in policy making, advocacy and agenda setting, our understanding of this area is scant. This seminar encourages debate and discussion on the policy involvement of philanthropy at various levels.

Programme and speakers

10:00 Registration, tea and coffee

10:30-10:45 Welcome and introduction to the day

10:45-11:35 Public Policy for Philanthropy: The Art of the Possible, or a Bicycle for a Fish?

Professor Susan Phillips, School of Public Policy and Adninistration Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

11:35-12:25 Philanthropy, Society and the State: an evolving relationship?

Dr Gemma Donnelly Cox and Dr John A. Healy, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin

12:25-13:15 Foxes and the Hedgehog: Philanthropy in Hungary

Professor Agnes Kover, Professor of Law and Sociology, ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary

13:15-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:05 Community Philanthropy – Participative approaches to philanthropy and public policies

Dr Avila Kilmurray, Director of Policy and Strategy, Global Fund for Community Foundations

15:05-15:50 Partnership between Government and philanthropy – balancing power and influence

Dr Fiona Keogh, Director of Research and Evidence: The GENIO Trust

15:50-16:30 Panel discussion

To register and reserve your place, please click here.

Seminar 3 – Philanthropy: Transformative?

Exploring the role of philanthropy as catalyst for social change.

16th May 2016

University of Nottingham, Highfield House, University Park Campus

Promises of transformation and change are integral to philanthropic organisations. However, the extent to which philanthropy can encourage and realise significant innovations is widely debated. This seminar critically debates the impact and successes of philanthropy and explores how we can develop better knowledge-sharing and learning across the field.

Programme and speakers

10:00 Registration, tea and coffee

10:15-10:30 Welcome and Introduction

Dr Sally Hibbert, Assoc. Professor, University of Nottingham

Dr. Tobias Jung, Seminar Coordinator and Assoc. Professor, University of St. Andrews

10:30-11:15 Social investment and innovation

Dr. Ekkehard Thuemler,  Joachim Herz Stiftung Foundation, Germany

11:15-12:00 Community foundations & social innovation

Rob Williamson, Chief Executive, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation

12:00-12:45 Discussion Groups

12:45-13:30 Lunch

13:30-13:45 Introduction: A new generating of philanthropists takes shape

Dr. Sally Hibbert, Assoc. Professor, University of Nottingham

13:45-14:15 Bemore: Learning to be… a philanthropist

Peter West, Founder and former Director, Bemore

14:15-15:00 Altruism and giving in the digitally mediated sharing economy

Dr. John Harvey, Assis. Professor, Nottingham Trent University

14:45-15:00 Tea and coffee

15:15-16:00 Discussion Groups

16:00-16:30 Reflections and themes from the day

The event is free to attend but places are limited. To register and reserve your place, please click here.

Seminar 4 – Philanthropy: Tight?

Exploring the practical challenges of philanthropy.

7th September 2016

University of Strathclyde

Philanthropy’s practical challenges form the basis for this seminar which looks at: disincentives for giving and practical obstacles for individuals interested in philanthropy, questions of allocating and rationing limited philanthropic resources faced by those active in the area, and the inbuilt fragility of philanthropy and its resource bases.

10:00-10:15 Coffee and registration

10:15-10:30 Welcome and Introduction, Jillian Gordon, University of Glasgow and Tobias Jung, The Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good, University of St Andrews

10:30-11:00 Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive Lloyds TSB Foundation

11:00-11:30 Douglas Hamilton, Director RS MacDonald Trust

11:30-12:00 Q&A and Discussion

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:45 Family Foundation Perspectives, Martin Gannon, University of Strathclyde

13:45-14:30 Angus Nelson, Head of Fundraising Oxfam Scotland

14:30-14:45 Wrap up, Eleanor Shaw

14:45-15:30 Coffee and Networking

Seminar 5 – Philanthropy: Today? Tomorrow?

Reflecting on contemporary philanthropy and the opportunities and challenges ahead.

12th/13th October

The Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good, University of St Andrews

This seminar reflects on the state of contemporary philanthropy and the future paths, challenges and opportunities for philanthropy practice, thinking and research. The aim is to provide a research, education and practice and policy agenda, to develop next steps for strengthening and building the field of philanthropy, and to foster and explore future collaborations.

Programme for the 12th of October

From 9:30 Refreshments and registration

10:00-10:10 Welcome

10:10-11:35 Part 1: Exploring foundations

10:10-10:40

Unpicking the intellectual fruit bowl of philanthropic foundations: towards a typology? – Tobias Jung, Director, The Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good

10:40-11:10

Public benefits or playthings for the rich? Reflecting on foundations’ contemporary roles – Diana  Leat, Visiting Professor, Cass Business School and the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, and former Board Member of The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Trust

11:10-11:35 Roundtable discussions and feedback on the theme ‘Strengthening research and knowledge on the institutions of philanthropy’

11:35-13:00 Part 2: Philanthropy: international perspectives

11:35-12:05 Philanthropy, policy and public debates: insights and experiences from Germany – Rupert Count Strachwitz, Director, Maecenata Institute,

12:05-12:35 Philanthropy, the Middle East and the Muslim World: opportunities, challenges and priorities – Yunus Sola, Director, Academy of Philanthropy

12:35-13:00 Roundtable discussions and feedback on the theme ‘Opportunities for international learning and collaborations’

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:25 Part 3: Philanthropy and universities

14:00-15:00

Securing gifts – Robert Fleming, Commissioner, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Commission for Philanthropy

Receiving gifts – Robert Dufton, Director of Campaigns, Sheffield University and former Director Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Unpacking gifts – Jenny Harrow, Co-Director, Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy, Cass Business School, City University

15:00-15:25 Roundtable discussions and feedback on the theme ‘Relationships between philanthropy and universities’

15:25-15:40 Closing remarks: Looking back on the day, looking forward to the next

15:40 Refreshments

Programme for the 13th of October

From 10:00 Refreshments and registration

10:30-10:40 Welcome

10:40-12:05 Part 4: Recasting philanthropy?!

10:40-11:10 Turning philanthropy sideways: from vertical to horizontal philanthropy – Susan Wilkinson Maposa, Author of ‘The Poor Philanthropist: how and why the poor help each other’, and former Director, Building Community Philanthropy Programme, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa

11:10-11:40 Engaged philanthropy: the approach and experiences of The Rank Foundation – Caroline Broadhurst, Deputy Chief Executive, The Rank Foundation

11:40-12:05 Roundtable discussions and feedback on the theme ‘Opportunities and challenges of recasting philanthropic hierarchies’

12:05-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:25 Part 5: Structures and practices of community philanthropy

13:00-13:30 Collaborative giving: giving circles and beyond – Beth Breeze, Director, Centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent

13:30-14:00 Community foundations in Germany: empowering citizens, not warehouses of wealth – Marie-Luise Stoll Steffan, Co-chair, Community Foundations Working Group and

Regional Coordinator, Association of Community Foundations, Berlin

14:00-14:30 Reflections on community and collaborative philanthropy – Giles Ruck, Chief Executive, Foundation Scotland and Barry Knight, Adviser, Global Fund for Community Foundations

14:30-14:55 Roundtable discussions and feedback on the theme ‘Understanding, structuring and developing community philanthropy’

14:55-15:15 Tea and coffee

15:15-16:00 Part 6: Philanthropy to the rescue? Bringing different strands of thinking and practice together and paving the way forward

Open discussion

Presentations and impressions of the event can be accessed by clicking here.

Seminar 6 – Philanthropy: Together?

Building cultures to build stronger communities – London & Beyond

19th January 2017

Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy, Cass Business School City University London

This breakfast roundtable brings together leading philanthropy stakeholders to discuss opportunities for leveraging philanthropy to build stronger and prosperous communities. Thoughts, reflections and commentaries to frame the discussion will be provided by senior local and international representatives, including Mark Fisher, Director of the Cabinet Office’s Office for Civil Society and Innovation; Dr Tariq Cheema, Philanthropist and President of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists; Dr Yunus Sola, Director of the Academy of Philanthropy; and Cllr Saima Ashraf, Councillor, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Programme and speakers

10:00 Registration, tea and coffee

10:30-10:45 Welcome and introduction to the day

Dr Tobias Jung, Senior Lecturer, University of St Andrews, Principal Investigator for the Seminar Series

10:45-11:30 Exploring the concept of distrust in the context of philanthropy

Professor Rosalind Searle, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Psychology, Coventry University Business School

11:30-12:15 The dark side of NGOs in historical perspective: shedding historical light on contemporary problems

Dr Tom Davies, Senior Lecturer in International Politics, School of Arts and Social Sciences, City University London

12:15-13:00 Are there shadow sides in philanthropy systems?

Michele Fugiel Gartner, Independent researcher, formerly Director, Strategic Investments and Evaluation, The Trico Foundation, Calgary

13:00-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:30 The disinvestment debates: performance versus ethics?

Professor Jenny Harrow, Co-Director, Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy

14:30-15:15 Volunteering and volunteer management: reflecting on shadow sides

Professor Jo Sylvester, Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Management, Cass Business School

15:15-15:30 Tea and coffee

15:30-16:15 ‘Lightening our darkness?’ Interpreting new research on foundation philanthropy and family foundation philanthropy in the UK

Professor Cathy Pharoah, Co-Director, Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy

16:15-16:30 Reflections and themes from the day

Professor Anthony Tomei, Trustee, Association of Charitable Foundations, Visiting Professor, Kings College London, Department of Education

To register and reserve your place, please click here. Please note that this event is fully booked.

Overview and day summary

Philanthropy to the rescue – Seminar 1 summary

Presentations

Exploring the concept of distrust in the context of philanthropy – please click here for PDF

Professor Rosalind Searle, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Psychology, Coventry University Business School

Are there shadow sides in philanthropy systems? – please click here for PDF

Michele Fugiel Gartner, Independent researcher, formerly Director, Strategic Investments and Evaluation, The Trico Foundation, Calgary

The disinvestment debates: performance versus ethics? – please click here for PDF

Professor Jenny Harrow, Co-Director, Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy

Volunteering and volunteer management: reflecting on shadow sides – please click here for PDF

Professor Jo Sylvester, Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Management, Cass Business School

‘Lightening our darkness?’ Interpreting new research on foundation philanthropy and family foundation philanthropy in the United Kingdom – please click here for PDF

Professor Cathy Pharoah, Co-Director, Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy

The series was funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), grant reference ES/M002578/1. For further information on this grant, please click here.