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The Center for Philanthropic Studies conducts research and educates professionals in all areas of the Dutch philanthropic sector. Since 1995, the Center has been the leading unit for research on philanthropy in the Netherlands and in Europe.

The mission of the Center for Philanthropic Studies (CPhS) at VU University Amsterdam is to produce high quality research, contributing to the professionalization of philanthropy.

In a nutshell, research at the Center answers the question: "What is contributed by whom to which public goods, when, and why?"

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Research on giving in the Netherlands continues, funding secured

Research on giving in the Netherlands continues, funding secured

August 19th, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the Center for Philanthropic Studies has been able to secure funding for continued research on giving in the Netherlands. The funding enables data collection for the Giving in the Netherlands Panel Survey among households, as well as data collection on corporations, foundations, charity lotteries,Read more...

Summary International Symposium on Government Policy and Nonprofit Finance

Summary International Symposium on Government Policy and Nonprofit Finance

February 8th, 2018

On January 29 the Center for Philanthropic Studies (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) organized an international symposium on Government Policy and Nonprofit Finance. You can find a summary of this event here.Read more...

International Symposium on Government Policy and Nonprofit Finance, January 29, 2018

International Symposium on Government Policy and Nonprofit Finance, January 29, 2018

January 24th, 2018

International Symposium on Government Policy and Nonprofit Finance Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, January 29, 2018 We would like to invite you to the international symposium on Government Policy and Nonprofit Finance on January 29, 2018 organized by the Center for Philanthropic Studies (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). The symposium addresses two key questions on theRead more...

Order now: de jubileum-editie Geven in Nederland 2017

Order now: de jubileum-editie Geven in Nederland 2017

May 29th, 2017

Only in Dutch - In deze elfde uitgave van GIN worden de verschillende soorten bijdragen van huishoudens, individuen, fondsen, bedrijven en goede doelenloterijen in kaart gebracht en samengevoegd tot een macro-economisch overzicht. Nederlanders beperken zich niet tot het geven van geld, zij verrichten ook vrijwilligerswerk op vele maatschappelijke terreinen. InRead more...

Giving in Europe launched at Spring of Philanthropy

Giving in Europe launched at Spring of Philanthropy

May 18th, 2017

The total amount of philanthropic contributions in Europe is estimated at EUR 87.5 billion annually. This is a lower bound estimate from 20 European countries that contributed to Giving in Europe, the first study measuring philanthropy in Europe. The study was officially presented in Brussels at the King Baudouin FoundationRead more...

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Conference on "Philanthropy and Social Investments Fostering Research and Innovation" (PhiSI): Bridging the gap between the EC and foundations

April 28th, 2016

New forms of financing and partnerships fostering research and innovation in Europe. How innovative forms of philanthropy can create a bridge between foundations, governments and the corporate sector.   How to finance investments is research and innovation in the future? Which forms of financing might stimulate investments and leverage the wealthRead more...