In this section, we share the references of a set of articles, books, and studies on philanthropy, besides our own publications.

This list is non-exhaustive, combining theoretical and empirical work, and covers the global scope of research of the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair.



🔹 Andreoni, J. 1990. Impure Altruism and Donations to Public Goods: A Theory of Warm-Glow Giving. The Economic Journal, 100(401): 464–477.

🔹 Barman, E. 2017. The Social Bases of Philanthropy. Annual Review of Sociology, 43(1): 271–290.

🔹 Batson, C. D., & Shaw, L. L. 1991. Evidence for Altruism: Toward a Pluralism of Prosocial Motives. Psychological Inquiry, 2(2): 107–122.

🔹 Bekkers, R., & Wiepking, P. 2011. A Literature Review of Empirical Studies of Philanthropy: Eight Mechanisms That Drive Charitable Giving. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 40(5): 924–973.

🔹 Carnegie, A. 1889. Wealth. The North American Review, 148(391): 653–664.

🔹 Galaskiewicz, J. 1985. Professional Networks and the Institutionalization of a Single Mind Set. American Sociological Review, 50(5): 639–658.

🔹 Letts, C. W., Ryan, W., & Grossman, A. 1997. Virtuous Capital: What Foundations Can Learn from Venture Capitalists. Harvard Business Review, 75(2): 36–50.

🔹 Marquis, C., Glynn, M. A., & Davis, G. F. 2007. Community Isomorphism and Corporate Social Action. Academy of Management Review, 32(3): 925–945.

🔹 Muller, A. R., Pfarrer, M. D., & Little, L. M. 2014. A Theory of Collective Empathy in Corporate Philanthropy Decisions. Academy of Management Review, 39(1): 1–21.

🔹 Sulek, M. 2010b. On the Modern Meaning of Philanthropy. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 39(2): 193 –212.


🔹 Brest, P., & Harvey, H. 2008. Money well spent: A strategic plan for smart philanthropy. Bloomberg Press.

🔹 Frumkin, P. 2010. The essence of strategic giving. University of Chicago Press.

🔹 Godbout, J. T. 2007. L’esprit du don. La Découverte.

🔹 Mauss, M. [1903] 2007. "Essai sur le don: Forme et raison de l’échange dans les sociétés archaïques", in Sociologie et Anthropologie. Presses Universitaires de France.

🔹 Ostrower, F. 1997. Why the wealthy give. Princeton University Press.

🔹 Reich, R. 2018. Just giving: Why philanthropy is failing democracy and how it can do better. Princeton University Press.

🔹 Singer, P. 2015. The most good you can do: How effective altruism is changing ideas about living ethically. Yale University Press.

🔹 Vallely, P. 2020. Philanthropy: From Aristotle to Zuckerberg. Bloomsbury.

🔹 Wiepking, P., & Handy, F. (Eds.) 2015. The Palgrave handbook of global philanthropy. Palgrave Macmillan.

🔹 Zunz, O. 2012. La philanthropie en Amérique : Argent privé, affaires d’État. Fayard.


🔹 Abélès, M., & Kohler, J. 2014. Motivations philanthropiques des grandes fortunes en Europe du Nord. BNP Paribas Wealth Management.

🔹 Boiardi, P., & Gianoncelli, A. 2018. Impact Strategies. How Investors Drive Social Impact. European Venture Philanthropy Association.

🔹 Bruneau, D. et al. 2018. Panorama national des générosités. Fondation de France.

🔹 Capgemini, 2018. World Wealth Report.

🔹 Charities Aid Foundation, 2018. CAF World Giving Index.

🔹 Giving Institute, 2021. Giving USA 2020.

🔹 Johnson, P. (ed.). 2018. Global Philanthropy Report: Perspectives on the global foundation sector. Harvard Kennedy School / UBS.

🔹 Impact Management Project, 2018. A Guide to Mapping the Impact of an Investment.

🔹 Recherches & Solidarités, 2020. La générosité des Français.

🔹 Social Impact Investment Taskforce, 2014. Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets.

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