+31 (0)20 598 6805 / +31 (0)20 598 6804 cfs@vu.nl

Based at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, the Center for Philanthropic Studies is the leading research center on philanthropy in the Netherlands



Find out about our most important current research projects 

About Us

Learn more about the Center, its history and its staff


Click here for contact details and route


Inaugural lecture of Professor Pamala Wiepking on March 19, 2021

It is my pleasure to invite you to my inaugural lecture on March 19, 2021, during which I will accept the full professorship “The Societal Significance of Charity Lotteries” at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the...

read more

Giving in the Netherlands 2020

We are proud to announce the publication of Giving in the Netherlands 2020. The publication gives an estimate of the total size of philanthropy in the Netherlands, including gifts from households, corporations, foundations, bequests, and lotteries. Download a summary...

read more

Save the Date: Giving in the Netherlands 2020 book launch

The yearly Philanthropy Day (Dag van de Filantropie) will be celebrated on Wednesday April 15, 2020 with an interactive symposium. This event marks the launch of the Giving in the Netherlands 2020 publication.Giving in the Netherlands 2020 is part of the longitudinal...

read more

Prestigious ERC Starting Grant for Eva-Maria Merz

Researcher Eva-Maria Merz received the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant of 1.3 million euros last week for her research into when, and under what circumstances, people become and remain blood donors. Why do people help strangers?Why do people...

read more


April 22, 2021
Day of Philanthropy