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June 3rd, 2020

Award - 2019 EFMD Case Writing Competition

We are delighted to announce that Arthur Gautier has won the 2019 EFMD Case Writing Competition in the category "Innovative people Leadership Solutions in International, Intergovernmental and Not-for-Profit Organisations"! The case study is entitled "Managing the growth of an innovative subsidiary in the voluntary sector: Fondation Caritas France, an offshoot of Secours Catholique". It shows the process and success factors of an intrapreneurial innovation within a non-profit organization. It also highlights the strategic challenges raised by an unexpected success of the offshoot for it not to compete with its parent organization.
The case will soon be available on The Case Centre and the CCMP platforms.

June 2nd, 2020

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May 15th, 2020

Media - Shareholder foundations to be explored to build the post-coronavirus world

The article "La fondation actionnaire : un modèle à explorer pour construire le "monde d'après"", written by Arthur Gautier and published on The Conversation France, presents the advantages of the shareholder foundation model, which is not very well-known in France but is already quite used in some other European countries like Denmark, Sweden or Germany. Having proved its great resilience, this entreprise model is of interest in the context of economic crisis we are experiencing.

May 14th, 2020

Media - Giving efficiently during a crisis (The Conversation)

In their article "Etre solidaire en temps de crise :  comment donner efficacement en temps de crise ?" published on The Conversation France, Gaétane Lefèvre et Eléonore font le lien entre la crise du coronavirus et les apprentissages du livre "Vers une philanthropie stratégique" (Peter Frumkin, Anne-Claire Pache et Arthur Gautier) publié en janvier 2020 aux éditions Odile Jacob. A travers les histoires fictives mais réalistes d'Anna, Mariam et François, elles montrent des exemples de réflexion possibles selon sa situation pour maximiser l'impact de son don. 

April 15th, 2020

Media - The Philanthropy Chair reflects on Notre-Dame and the coronavirus in La Croix

Eléonore Delanoë and Arthur Gautier have published "De Notre-Dame à coronavirus : quelle place pour la philanthropie en France" in La Croix, a major French newspaper. Reflecting on Notre-Dame's fire and the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the authors examine in this article the current state of philanthropy in france. 

March 5th, 2020

Event's follow-up - Lunch & Learn

Our last Lunch & Learn about strategic philanthropy was completely sold out! 
We are very pleased to notice the sector's interest for this topic. For those who could not sign up on time, the event was recorded and the video will soon be available.
Many thanks to Marie-Stéphane Maradeix, Director of the Fondation Daniel & Nina Carasso, for her intervention alongside Anne-Claire Pache, and her illustration of "Vers une philanthropie stratégique"'s theory using the example of the Fondation Carasso's. An efficient illustration of the mutual benefits that can stem from interactions between the academic and philanthropic worlds. 

February 28th, 2020

Research - Anne-Claire Pache and Eléonore Delanoë published an article in SSIR's review 

Anne-Claire Pache, Eléonore Delanoë and Megan Tompkins-Stange released a case study about the Fondation de France in SSIR, the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article, "A Community Foundation for the Nation", addresses the Fondation de France's 50-year long history, and more specifically: its quest for a democratic ideal for philanthropy.  

February 26th, 2020

Media - Vers une philanthropie stratégique's promotion continues on RFI!

Anne-Claire Pache and Arthur Gautier were both invited on RFI's "7 milliards de voisins", together with Dominique Lemaistre, Fundraising Director at the Fondation de France. During the show's 50 minutes, they elaborated on their book's theory and answered the audience's and Emmanuelle Bastide's questions about the most important debates and issues regarding philanthropyMake sure not to miss the replay!

February 25th, 2020

Media - The Philanthropy Chair and the Fondation Caritas France on Radio Notre-Dame

Today, the radio show "Philanthropia" on Radio Notre-Dame welcomed Arthur Gautier and Jean-Marie Destrée, Director of the Fondation Caritas France, for an episode entitled "Reconciling generosity and efficiency: thinking over philanthropy". You can already listen to the episode in replay!

February 21st, 2020

Media - Arthur Gautier on TV 5 Monde  

This Friday, Arthur Gautier was invited to talk about Vers une philanthropie stratégique on the French TV channel TV5 Monde.
You can watch his appearance on the channel's website (extract starting at 18'56'').

February 14th, 2020

Media - Arthur Gautier interviewed on ESSEC Knowledge

In an interview published by ESSEC KnowledgeArthur Gautier explains the book Vers une philanthropie stratégique's main arguments. ESSEC Knowledge aims at giving access to ESSEC professor's research work to a larger audience. 

February 7th, 2020

Event's follow-up - Book presentation at Cercle Caritas

The book's promotion carries on! Yesterday evening, the Fondation Caritas France organized the first "Cercle Caritas" of the year, which focused on "Vers une philanthropie stratégique". These regular meetings are a nice way for Caritas to gather up its "sheltered" foundations, for them to interact over inspiring topics that fuel their knowledge about philanthropy. Arthur Gautier and Anne-Claire Pache presented their book to 40 foundations, which led to rich discussions, especially one about the difficult balance to find between private wills and societal needs. They were also able to question philanthropy's role in encouraging collaborative work between general interest actors. 

Thank you to the Fondation Caritas for its warm welcome and for their support during this book's release! 

February 6th, 2020

Events follow-up - Breakfast at the Fondation de France

This morning, over thirty finance and legal professionals attended a presentation for the book Vers une philanthropie stratégique at the Fondation de France's headquarters, by Anne-Claire Pache and Arthur Gautier. The book is a useful tool for them to better advise their clients in their philanthropic endeavours. Many thanks to the Fondation de France for organizing this fruitful encounter

February 3rd, 2020

Media - "Notre-Dame and Venice: Why such a gap in generosity?

Arthur Gautier and Eléonore Delanoë have published an article in The Conversation on December 19, entitled: "Notre-Dame and Venice: Why such a gap in generosity?". 
They allow one to understand the surprising gap between the funds raised for these two catastrophes, by studying their characteristics and the differences in generosity's forms between France and Italy. 
An article that has already been widely spread in its French version, with over more than 20,000 readers! 

January 31st, 2020

Event's follow-up - "Vers une philanthropie stratégique"'s release party

Yesterday night, the Philanthropy Chair and Fondation de France welcomed 130 philanthropists and industry professionals at Cloître Ouvert for the release of Vers une philanthropie stratégique
After an introduction by Vincenzo Vinzi, Director of the ESSEC Group, and Axelle Davezac, Director of the Fondation de France, Arthur Gautier and Anne-Claire Pache presented their new book. Peter Frumkin, author of the original (USA), also delivered three video messages to the audience, encouraging the French people to make good use of the freedom they enjoy within the philanthropic field! Then followed an illustration of the authors' theory by Dominique Lemaistre, from the Fondation de France
The evening ended with a meet and greet. 

January 15th, 2020

Book "Vers une philanthropie stratégique" now avaiblable!

The Philanthropy Chair is happy to announce the release of "Vers une philanthropie stratégique". Published by Odile Jacob,  
it is the French adaptation of Peter Frumkin's renowned "The Essence of Strategic Giving" 2010), and was co-authored by Anne-Claire Pache and Arthur Gautier. 

The book outlines best practices allowing philanthropists to maximise their impact, both for themselves and for society.  
The authors highlight 5 major questions that should be addressed in any philanthropic approach: What is valuable for society and for me? What kind of interventions for which beneficiaries will have the most impact? How involved and visible should my giving be? What vehicle should I choose to reach my goals? When and at what frequency should I give? Making sure the answers to these questions are aligned allows for a strategic approach of philanthropy, that will reconcile generosity and efficiency. 

The book is now available in every bookstore. It will be introduced during an upcoming event cohosted with Fondation de France on January 30th, 2020 at Cloître Ouvert (Paris 8). 
Many thanks to the Chair's partners, and especially to the Fondation de France, for their support in this project. 

January 6th, 2020

Media - Anne-Claire Pache on France Culture!

On December 31st, 2019, the Philanthropy Chair ended the year with an interview from Anne-Claire Pache on France Culture's Matières à penser, hosted by Dominique Rousset. 
She was the guest for the second episode of the trilogy "Charité, don, mécénat, philanthropie : vouloir le bien...". The episode entitled "Faire le bien et bien le faire" focused on philanthropy's key issues and Anne-Claire Pache presented her upcoming book "Vers une philanthropie stratégique", due for a January 15th, 2020 release. The book is co-authored with Arthur Gautier and Peter Frumkin. 

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 in listening to Antoine Martel and Jérémie Patrier-Leitus at our latest Lunch & Learn 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 discussed 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.