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