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The Philea Virtual Library includes over 1,000 free-to-download publications from a range of organisations and publishers on the topics of philanthropy, the management of foundations and the areas they are involved in and support. As a Philea member you can send us your publications for inclusion in the library which will also be added to the global IssueLab network where they will be made available to an extended audience, including users of Worldcat, the global catalogue used by tens of thousands of libraries. For questions or assistance, please contact the Philea Virtual Library.
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Data Science, AI and Data Philanthropy in Foundations : On the Path to Maturity

February 14, 2024

This research explores the data-related initiatives currently undertaken by a pool of foundations from across Europe. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first study that has investigated the level of data work within philanthropic foundations, even though the rise of data and its importance has increasingly been recognised in the non-profit sector. Given that this is an inaugural piece of research, the study takes an exploratory approach, prioritising a comprehensive survey of data practices foundations are currently implementing or exploring. The goal was to obtain a snapshot of the current level of maturity and commitment of foundations regarding data-related matters.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Science and Technology

Reflections on the International Philanthropy Research Conference : 22 and 23 September 2022 : Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin

January 1, 2023

How collaborations, understanding, and knowledge exchanges among the academic research communities conducting research on philanthropy and those working in philanthropy can be fostered better? The International Philanthropy Research Conference hosted by Compagnia di San Paolo and co-organised by the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) and Philanthropy Europe Association (Philea) aimed to facilitate this process. In this piece, by using the metaphor of a dance, ERNOP and Philea reflect on the relationship between the two partners. 

Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Science and Technology

How to Think Legitimacy: Considerations in the Growing Field of European Philanthropy : Paper prepared for the International Philanthropy Research Conference 22 and 23 September, Turin, IT

September 22, 2022

This paper, by Elizabeth McKeon, takes stock of three areas where philanthropy's "license to operate" is questioned: 1) its authority as a non-state actor to influence norms and outcomes in society; 2) matters related to its financial capital; and3) the composition of its governance and staffing. It is suggested that academic research might probe themes of competitive performance, useful scope and unique contribution to help shape a clearer understanding of philanthropy's value in Europe, in relation to government and the private sector.The paper concludes with a caution that research studies will be especially meaningful when developed with careful consideration of the complex taxonomy of philanthropic institutions, whose variations in size, style and mandate defy easy comparisons or one-size-fits-all prescriptions.

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Listening to Beneficiaries and Ultimate Clients : Paper prepared for the International Philanthropy Research Conference 22 and 23 September, Turin, IT

September 22, 2022

This conference paper, by Volker Then, intends to shed light on the perceptions of foundation partners based on the results of empirical research which has been conducted over many years in the context of the "Learning from Partners" project in Germany. The project has been conducted in a longitudinal perspective from 2011 to 2021 in a total of four waves surveying all the partners of cohorts of major German foundations.

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Grantmaking and Programme Management; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Philanthropy and Impact Evaluation : Paper prepared for the International Philanthropy Research Conference 22 and 23 September, Turin, IT

September 22, 2022

This conference paper, by Gian Paolo Barbetta, deals with the issue of "philanthropy" and "impact evaluation".  It aims to understand whether foundations should invest in estimating the impact of their actions (programs, initiatives, grants, etc.) on final recipients; as well as to address the complexities of the issue.The section 2 of the paper deals more specifically with the mission of foundations; The section 3 relates a foundation's mission with impact estimates; The section 4 reflects on how impact could be assessed; and the section 5 draws some conclusions.A list of bibliographical references is included.

Evaluation and Learning

The State of Research on Philanthropy in Europe in 2022 : Paper prepared for the International Philanthropy Research Conference 22 and 23 September, Turin, IT

September 22, 2022

A conference paper by Rene Bekkers, which provides an agenda for research on philanthropy in Europe; describes areas of interest to members of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP); and offers opportunities for collaboration between academics and philanthropy practice. A list of bibliographical references is included.

Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Science and Technology

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