Philanthropy Day – April 23rd 2015

Posted on April 13, 2015 in News

Philanthropy Day – April 23rd 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”. Giving in the Netherlands is the only macro-economic overview of giving within a specific country in Europe and serves as a model for an envisioned Giving in Europe Study by ERNOP. Giving in the Netherlands comprises macro-economic estimates of giving by households, corporations, foundations, charity lotteries and volunteering. Recently, the philanthropy sector in the Netherlands may count on more attention from national media and the general public. The macro-economic overview as presented in Giving in the Netherlands is thus more relevant than ever. Questions to be answered will be, among others, what is the total size of the philanthropy sector in the Netherlands? What are the main sources of philanthropic revenues? Which goals receive which amounts? Which developments can be depicted from studying giving by households over time? What are the personality traits of the individuals that give?

The philanthropy sector in the Netherlands is experiencing quite some turbulence and change. Citizens engage in popular initiatives, while the Dutch government is decentralizing. What are the effects of these developments for the philanthropy sector? Is there a change of focus in philanthropic goals? How resilient is philanthropy and the philanthropic behavior of households, corporations, and foundations? Special thematic sessions will shed light on these relevant and intriguing questions. Can’t wait to see the latest numbers on Giving in the Netherlands? A summary of the most important outcomes will be published at www.giving.nl on April 23.

The summary of the book ‘Giving in the Netherlands 2015’ can be downloaded here.