The Chair

Who are we?                                                        

ESSEC’s Philanthropy Chair is a research team whose members aim to strengthen the social impact of individual donors, corporate donors, foundations and impact investors. We do this by producing and sharing research about philanthropy, primarily in France and Europe. 

Founded in January 2011 at ESSEC Business School, it matches a growing need for research and knowledge about a burgeoning international movement. 
>> Learn more about the Chair's origins.

  • Contribute towards scholars and practitioners’ understanding of contemporary philanthropy
  • Promote more clear-sighted, strategic and effective philanthropy
  • Reinforce philanthropy’s contribution to today's pressing social problems
>> Learn more about the Chair's goals.


Since the Chair’s inception in 2011, we have proven our capacity to publish high-level academic and applied research on philanthropy, played an active part in developing a European research network, and established our role in spreading knowledge to philanthropy practitioners as well as to ESSEC students. 


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