Research

Current research projects

  • The Formation of Fundraisers: Dr Beth Breeze has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust for a three-year project which will explore how fundraisers’ personalities interact with their professional skills to affect the amount of money they raise for good causes.
  • Giving Circles in the UK: in collaboration with Dr Angie Eikenberry of the University of Nebraska, this project looks at giving circles in the UK.
  • Beacon Project – 50 Years of Philanthropy at the University of Kent: as part of the University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, this project involves research into the history of philanthropy at and to the University, and will include a number of debates on philanthropy and a major international conference.
  • Rising to the Challenge – a study of philanthropic support for unpopular causes: this project explores the uphill struggle that some charities face when seeking to fundraise. Such charities may support issues which are complex to communicate, may have beneficiaries who don’t easily engage donors’ emotions and may not be able to easily identify potential donors.
  • Who Gives, Who Gets: the final part of the CGAP programme at the Centre for Philanthropy, this project looks at the social space bridged by donations.
  • Coutts Million Pound Donor Report

Past research projects

  • Philanthropic Journeys: this research is being carried out in collaboration with the charity Pilotlight and looks at pathways in and out of volunteering and giving across the life course.
  • Re-examining Corporate Philanthropy: this project, part of the CGAP programme at the Centre for Philanthropy, looked at the perspectives from the shop floor on corporate philanthropy.
  • Charity and social distribution
  • Social Justice Philanthropy: Implications for Policy and Practice: This study offers a critical appreciation of social justice philanthropy by investigating ‘social justice’ funders, foundation trustees and leaders. By exploring how a number of foundations and individual philanthropists pursue social justice and change, we will learn how they make judgments about what and to whom to give, what moral resources, traditions, customs and rules they draw upon in reaching their evaluation about giving, and what they mean by social justice philanthropy. The research team consists of John Mohan, Balihar Sanghera and Kate Bradley.
  • Richer Lives: Why Rich People Give: In 2013 we worked with the author of ‘Why Rich People Give’, to produce a ten-year update of this seminal work. Data collection is currently underway, including surveys and interviews with major donors, philanthropy advisers and other influential figures in the UK philanthropy sector. This work is funded by The Pears Foundation, with matched funding from the University of Kent. For further information please contact the lead researchers Beth Breeze or Theresa Lloyd