The Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good

Scotland’s first research centre dedicated to the growing field of philanthropy studies.

School of Management, University of St Andrews, The Gateway, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9RJ, Scotland, UK

Aim & Objectives

The Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good’s aim is to strengthen, enhance and challenge theory, practice and policy relating to philanthropy and its relationship to public good through high-quality, internationally recognised research and scholarship.

To achieve this, our work has three objectives:


To carry out relevant, impactful, research that contributes to both theoretical understanding and applied knowledge on philanthropy and the public good, and that contributes to the growing field of philanthropy studies.


To convene and serve as the intellectual forum for policy and practice thinking on philanthropy and the public good nationally, in Scotland and the UK, and internationally, by working with relevant individual and organisational stakeholders, and by providing an informed platform for the development and discussion of new ideas and thinking in the field.


To provide demonstrable societal benefits through sharing and exchanging knowledge and know how with academic and non-academic audiences, acting in advisory capacities, and generating awareness of issues relating to philanthropy and the public good.

Continuing St Andrews’ links to philanthropy’s thought leaders.

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)

Scottish-born, 19th century industrialist.

One of the most prolific and influential philanthropists of the modern age .

Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews, 1901-1907.

A peculiar charm is said to pervade everything connected with St. Andrews…It is in the very air you breathe here, and I am hereafter one more St Andrews man who will proclaim the indefinable charm under whose potent spell I now stand before you.

Andrew Carnegie, A Rectorial Address. Delivered to the Students in the University of St Andrews, 22nd October 1902, p.1

Our Partners and Funders

Bringing together academics and practitioners interested in developing stronger knowledge on and for philanthropy. If you would like to find out more, please contact us.

Our Research Partners include:

We are an institutional member of:

The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organisations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

The International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organisations:

The Rank Foundation

Philanthropic Foundations and Engaged Philanthropy PhD Studentship

For further information on the project, please click here.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Philanthropy to the Rescue? Exploring the opportunities, strengths and challenges of philanthropy

Grant reference ES/M002578/1 For further information on the grant, please click here.

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science /Bates Wells Braithwaite London LLP

+3 PhD Project – Social Investment and the engagement of private investors

If you would like to support the research or activities of the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good, please get in touch.