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December 3rd, 2019

Media - Arthur Gautier on Radio Notre-Dame !

On December 3rd from 9 to 10 am, Arthur Gautier was Geneviève del Marmol's guest on Radio Notre-Dame. He made an assessment of French generosity today, and talked about donors' characteristics and motivations. You can now listen to the podcast

November 26th, 2019

Event's follow-up - Lunch & Learn

Fifty philanthropy professionals joined us to listen to Antoine Martel and Jérémie Patrier-Leitus at our latest Lunch & Learn, which we built around the theme: "Behind the scenes of extraordinary collection for Notre-Dame de Paris".
They revisited the beautiful collection, offering us two sides to the same story: technical and operational, but also political and institutional.
This 35th edition of our Lunch & Learn also inaugurated our new "0 waste" lunch formula. Indeed, the Chair wants its events to be in line with its values and those of ESSEC. As a priority, it seeks to limit its environmental impact.
See you on March 4, 2020 for our next Lunch & Learn on 
Philanthropy Strategy!

November 4th, 2019

Media - Arthur Gautier on France Culture!

On November 1st at 6.20 pm, Arthur Gautier was one of Emmanuel Laurentin's guests on France Culture, and talked about the funding of culture and arts by the philanthropists. 
Don't miss the podcast available on the radio's website!

October 23rd, 2019

Event - Lunch & Learn

Meet us on November 19th, from 12h30 to 2 pm at our La Défense campus for our next Lunch & Learn: "Dans les coulisses de la collecte hors norme pour Notre-Dame de Paris".


  • Antoine Martel, CEO, iRaiser Group
  • Jérémie Patrier-LeitusDélégué général en charge des relations institutionnelles, des relations publiques et du mécénat Notre-Dame de Paris, French Ministry of Culture
>> Learn more about the program

October 17th, 2019

Award - CEEMAN & Emerald's 3rd prize for the case "United to Innovate: Grameen Veolia Water"

Case study "United to innovate: Grameen Veolia Water", written by Anne-Claire Pache and Kevin André, has been awarded with the 2019 CEEMAN & Emerald international case writing competition's third prize. 
This teaching case deals with the creation of Grameen Veolia Water in Bengladesh, a joint venture that aims at distributing drinking water at affordable prices to rural populations in Bengladesh. It also highlights the challenges encountered at every step of the project's development. It will allow teachers around the world to discuss "social business" issues with their students through a real-life situation. 
"This price is a wonderful way to honor Grameen Veolia Water's initiative and shine a light on our pedagogical work and values at ESSEC Business School. We hope this case will inspire students from all over the world and give them a taste of how social business can impact society for the better." (Anne-Claire Pache and Kevin André). 

August 19th, 2019

Award - A paper awarded at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019!

During the 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (August 9-13, 2019 in Boston, USA), Arthur Gautier and his co-author Marian Eabrasu have been awarded with the 2019 Best Business Ethics Paper Award Finalist from the Social Issues in Management division for their article "From Donor Motivation To Recipients Welfare: A New Agenda For Corporate Philanthropy Research".

July 9th, 2019

Job offer at Fondation de France

La Fondation de France is offering a long-term contract for a Responsable de fonds individualisés culture. Find all the details in the job description below. 

July 5th, 2019

HEC Liège offers a PhD contract on Social Business

HEC Liège is looking for a PhD student willing to conduct a doctoral research within our research field « social enterprise and business ethics". They offer a 4 years full-time employment contract, starting 1st October 2019. More information is provided in the job description below. 

June 13th, 2019

The Chair is recruiting!

The ESSEC Philanthropy Chair is willing to extend its team from September on! We are looking for a Research Assistant for a 1-year full-time contract. 
>> Apply

June 12th, 2019

Arthur Gautier introduced the "Philanthro...quoi ?" symposium

On June 6th 2019, Arthur Gautier, Professor and Executive Director at ESSEC Philanthropy Chair, spoke at La Gaîté Lyrique before 300 representatives of the philanthropic sector in France for a symposium organized by the Ministry of National Education and Youth: "Philanthro...quoi ? Renouveler la culture du don" ("Philanthro...what? Renewing the culture of giving"). Foundations, corporate givers, associations and other professional organizations gathered that morning to brainstrom on a "French philanthropic model" and the means necessary for its development. 

Arthur Gautier was invited to open the symposium and presented a panorama on philanthropy in France and abroad. After providing some historical context, he addressed the key figures and major trends in the sector, exposed the givers' profiles and motivations, suggested a few ideas to remove obstacles to giving in France and approached the legitimate role giving can play in a liberal democracy.

The morning then continued with panel discussions about the definition of general interest, the levers available to trigger the general interest organizations' transformation, the balance in relations between private funders and beneficiary organizations, the evolution of giving practices facing the evolution of society, and the way the reserved portion of an estate can interfere

Gabriel Attal, Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Education and Youth, concluded the day with a speech announcing several governmental measures intending to foster this "culture of giving", as well as the holding of a parlementary mission on the question. A way to reassure the sector professionals, worrying that tax benefits for funders could be seen as a "tax niche", especially in these times of budget arbitration...

June 11th, 2019

Event's follow-up - Lunch & Learn

On June 5, 40 people came to listen to Megan Tompkins-Stange and Delphine Lalu's speaches on the topic: "The power of foundations: How should foundations influence public policies?" 
Many thanks to the guest speakers and the attendees for this very rich time of dialogue and mutual exchange!

May 27th, 2019

A New Look For Our Website!

We are happy to announce that we launched a new version of our website. 
Updated and reorganized, it better reflects the current breakdown of our activities. You can now keep up to date with the Chair through the "News" page, listen to our Lunch & Learn seminars' podcasts via our Soundcloud playlists, and read about our latest publications. The [FR] tab and the French flag in the site footer allow you to switch to the French version of the website.
We hope you enjoy this new setting!

April 26th, 2019

Event - Lunch & Learn

Meet us on June 5th, 2019 from 12h30 to 2 pm at our La Défense campus for our next Lunch & Learn: "The power of foundations: How should foundations influence public policies?"


  • Megan Tompkins-Stange, Professor of Public Politics, University of Michigan (USA). Author of « Policy patrons: Philanthropy, education reform, and the politics of influence » (Harvard Education Press, 2016).
  • Delphine Lalu, General Secretary at Fondation AG2R La Mondiale, President of the Economic Affairs' section of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE).
>> Learn more about the program

April 18th, 2019

Event's follow-up - Meeting with Rob Reich

On April 2nd, the Chair invited Rob Reich, Professor in Political Sciences at Stanford University, to present its recently published book "Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better" (Princeton University Press, 2018).

>> Watch the conference: 

November 19th, 2018

Event's follow-up - ERNOP's 2nd AGAPE at ESSEC

On October 18th and 19th 2018, the Philanthropy Chair and the 
European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) the second gathering of academic research centres on philanthropy, supported by the ESSEC research centre.

The meeting lasted 2 days. 35 participants came from 13 European countries  on behalf of 27 centres and chairs.