#ERNOP2019: Philanthropy in the spotlight?

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Alliance magazine is proud to have been a media partner at this year’s Ernop Conference in Basel. The conference gathered scholars from various disciplines sharing a motivation to discuss the achievements of philanthropy in the present day, and to generate new questions about how philanthropy might develop in the future. We’d like to thank the following contributors:

Lev Fejes Association for Community Relations, Elisa Ricciuti SDA Bocconi School of Management and Università Bocconi, Anne-Laure Paquot Transnational Giving Europe in Brussels, Tjeerd Piersma Sanquin Research Center for Philanthropic Studies, Nicholas Arnold Center for Philanthropy Studies, Lesley Alborough University of Kent, Claire van Teunenbroek Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Maria Gallo National University of Ireland, Arjen de Wit VU Amsterdam, Lloyd Mayer University of Notre Dame Law School

Reflections of a former academic turned practitioner

The sheer amount of quality information presented is expected from a conference that gathers the best of the best and the up and coming researchers on philanthropy, hence the ‘oohs and ahs’. However, taking a plunge back into the academic world after three years working as a practitioner in a mid-sized support organisation (AKA nonprofit intermediary organisation) in Romania, made me realise painfully aware of some shortcomings, hence the ‘ohs’. Since this is a short post, I will focus on avenues for improvement (i.e. the ‘ohs’).

Lev Fejes reports here.

Reaching out to philanthropy muggles, aka an evolving community of scholars in a very biased snapshot

The philanthropic ecosystem is certainly evolving fast and this was very evident at the ERNOP Conference in Basel last week, where over 150 people gathered for the usual bi-annual appointment to share the findings of their research studies and feel part of a unique ‘something’: a community of scholars of philanthropy. But what’s the value of such a community?

Elisa Ricciuti reports here.

Philanthropy across borders: Reflections on my first meeting with the ERNOP community

As I listened to the exchanges on European regulatory measures, taxation and emerging risks and opportunities for transnational giving, I was impressed by the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of the academics and practitioners working together to protect and grow the European philanthropic space.

Anne-Laure Paquot reports here.

Nurturing the thriving scientific field of philanthropy

The presentations led to lively discussions. How do I formulate a focused research question? What are the right methodological choices to answer this question? And what are the most relevant theoretical directions to frame my studies? Questions of which the answers brought new and useful insights for all the participants.

Tjeerd Piersma reports here.

Leaving the comfort zone

As researcher, I know how valuable and important it is to be challenged. And what better time to get pulled out of the comfort zone than right at the beginning of a conference.

Nicholas Arnold reports here.

Nothing happens in a vacuum and especially not philanthropy

ERNOP exists to research the practice of philanthropy, to understand the institutional and social structures in which it takes place and seek ways in which this understanding may lead to improving the practice overall. And that is what this year’s conference in Basel sought to tackle from day one.

Lesley Alborough reports here.

Did the connection fail? The slow digital transformation of donations

When did you last donate to an online donation campaign? Researchers at the ERNOP conference came to an astonishing conclusion: the digital transformation for the non-profit sector hasn’t happened yet, at least not in terms of donations.

Claire van Teunenbroek reports here.

Philanthropy research as a mosaic

What are the implications of this stretching of these philanthropy research boundaries? I believe there is an opportunity to embrace the richness and inclusivity that can come from the breadth of this philanthropy-based research.

Maria Gallo reports here.

Philanthropy and the challenge of (super)diversity

Academic research has the reputation of being a relatively slow business. Researchers only analyse the past, because we have no data about the future. In philanthropy research, too, often lags behind social reality.

Arjen de Wit reports here.

Reflections on legal barriers to cross-border philanthropy in Europe

I came away with a new appreciation of both this issue’s complexity and the dedication of those seeking to address it. For someone from outside Europe, it was also an opportunity to see how the debates about the future of Europe play out in this important area.

Lloyd Mayer reports here.

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