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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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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...

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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...

European foundations give 5 bn to research and innovation

European foundations give 5 bn to research and innovation

October 2nd, 2015

Private foundations across Europe account for at least 5 billion Euros of spending to research and innovation. That is the result of the EUFORI Study, a large research project commissioned by the European Commission. Experts from 29 countries contributed to the project, which was coordinated by researchers from VU Amsterdam. 1,591Read more...

Only moderate health benefits of being a volunteer

Only moderate health benefits of being a volunteer

September 15th, 2015

Volunteering has only small beneficial effects on the health, subjective well-being and social networks of volunteers. Whereas previous studies found volunteers to be healthier and happier as well as to have a stronger social network, the issue of causality is often not addressed adequately. It could very well be thatRead more...

Philanthropy Day - April 23rd 2015

Philanthropy Day - April 23rd 2015

April 13th, 2015

On Philanthropy Day (April 23rd), the Centre for Philanthropic Studies at VU University Amsterdam will present its biennial overview of Giving in the Netherlands 2015. Theme of the presentations will be ‘Resilience of Philanthropy’. Since 1997, the Centre for Philanthropic Studies at VU University biennially publishes “Giving in the Netherlands”.Read more...