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

Posted on January 24, 2018 in News

International Symposium on Government Policy and Nonprofit Finance, January 29, 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 the relation between government policy and nonprofit finance. The first question is how direct government funding affects private giving, and the second question is how indirect funding through tax incentives affects giving. In the often heated debates on optimal design of tax incentives for charitable giving, empirical evidence on their effects is of crucial importance. Three speakers present results of academic research. Responses from practitioners in government and fundraising are invited to open the discussion on the policy implications of the findings.

The symposium is free and open to professionals, scientists, students and other interested persons. Please register your attendance via this link before January 26.


14:00 – Welcome and introduction to the symposium by René Bekkers 14:10 – Arjen de Wit, Center for Philanthropic Studies, VU Amsterdam: Government funding and charitable giving in the Netherlands
14:30 – Discussion by Jan Kamphuis (Data-analyst Unicef)

14:45 – Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI: Matching donations to higher education in Indiana: Evidence from a natural experiment
15:05 – Discussion by Carolyn Wever (Director foundation of UvA)

15:20 – Sigrid Hemels, Erasmus University Rotterdam: Incentivizing donations through taxation
15:35 – Discussion

NAP Thesis Award

The Netherlands Academy of Philanthropy (NAP) was founded in 2016 as a partnership between the Major Alliance and professors in the field of philanthropy. The NAP enables more effective and productive collaboration between its members and aims to highlight the role of philanthropy in the Dutch society. One of its mission statements is to encourage younger generations to do research in the field of philanthropy. In this regard the NAP annually awards the best master thesis in the field of philanthropy with a prize.

15:50 – Geert Sanders, professor of Entrepreneurship at Nyenrode University: Some reflections on winning the prize for the most outstanding thesis on Philanthropy

16:15 – Mariëtte Hamer, President of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER). The Netherlands Academy of Philanthropy Thesis Award

16:30 – Drinks

You may also be interested to attend the public defense of the dissertation of Arjen de Wit, the day after the symposium, on January 30, at 15:30 in the Aula of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


Kind regards,

The Center for Philanthropic Studies