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The Center for Philantropic Studies is the leading research center on philanthropy in the Netherlands. We conduct research on all kinds of prosocial behavior and civic engagement, both in the Netherlands and in Europe.

Our current research projects include:

Giving in the Netherlands

A high-quality longitudinal study on philanthropic giving by different sources (households, foundations, corporations, lotteries) in the Netherlands

Giving in Europe

Our Center is actively involved in different collaborative efforts to map philanthropy in Europe.


In close collaboration with the Dutch blood bank Sanquin, the DONORS project aims to understand when and why donors give blood.

Social significance of charity lotteries

This project aims to measure the effectiveness of grants from the Dutch Charity Lotteries.