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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?"