Team

Prof. Dr. René Bekkers

Prof. Dr. René Bekkers

Professor René Bekkers is Director of the Center for Philanthropic Studies and Extraordinary Professor 'Social Aspects of Prosocial Behavior'. His research on prosocial behavior takes a multidisciplinary perspective on philanthropy, volunteering, blood donation and helping behavior. Bekkers is an internationally renowned expert in the sociology and psychology of altruism and survey design.  His current research focuses on determinants and consequences of charitable giving and volunteering.  

Drs. Barbara Gouwenberg

Drs. Barbara Gouwenberg

Since 2007 Barbara Gouwenberg has been head of commissioned research of the department of Philanthropic Studies. She is coordinator of the ‘Giving in the Netherlands’ research project; a biennial research project on charitable donation patterns in the Netherlands. Every two year this results in the publication of the book ‘Geven in Nederland’ of which she is one of the editors. Since July 2012 she has been project manager of EUFORI Study, an EC commissioned research project.  

Arjen de Wit MSc

Arjen de Wit MSc

Arjen de Wit is a research fellow and responsible for data management of the Center’s key study Giving in the Netherlands Panel Survey (GINPS). His current research projects concern social giving norms, immigrants’ prosocial behavior, gender differences in charitable giving, and the relation between government support and private contributions.

Tjeerd Piersma

Tjeerd Piersma

Tjeerd Piersma is a PhD Candidate at the Center for Philanthropic Studies and the Donor Studies department of national blood bank Sanquin. His research looks at donor careers from different disciplines. The main questions are: who donates blood? What motivates people to donate? Which life events affect this behavior? How can we develop effective recruitment and retention strategies?

Suzanne Felix

Suzanne Felix

Suzanne Felix works mainly on the Giving in the Netherlands research project.

Prof. dr. Theo Schuyt

Prof. dr. Theo Schuyt

Prof. dr. Theo Schuyt  is Professor 'Philanthropic Studies' at the VU University in Amsterdam. His major fields of research are Philanthropy, Sponsoring and Volunteering. In 1993, he started the 'Giving in the Netherlands' project.  In 2001 he got the chair “Philanthropic Studies” at the VU. Now, he is deeply involved to support the Dutch Philanthropic Sector to professionalize. In addition, he is working to transfer his research to the rest of Europe in order to establish Giving Europe.

Mr. Elly Mariani

Mr. Elly Mariani

Elly Mariani’s research for the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Volunteering focuses on the interaction of tax law and charitable giving. She contributes to several research projects and is writing a dissertation regarding the rationales for and possible structuring of fiscal incentives for donations and bequests to charitable organizations. Geographically the research is not limited to the Dutch legal framework, but does include the American and Italian tax regimes as well.      

Barry Hoolwerf MSc

Barry Hoolwerf MSc

Barry Hoolwerf is responsible for the educational programmes that are carried out by the Center. He is also project manager of the European Research Network On Philanthropy, which was initiated by the Centre for Philanthropic Studies at VU University in 2008. As a researcher, he is involved in the European Study On Foundations (EUFORI) and the role of philanthropy on a meso-level.

Renske Sanders

Renske Sanders

Renske Sanders works on the Giving Europe research project and the European Research Network On Philanthropy (ERNOP).