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As an institutional member of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) since 2012, the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair has organized and hosted three of the network's main events: an International Research Conference (2015) and two editions of the AGAPE (2017 and 2018).

AGAPE - A Gathering of Academic research centers on Philanthropy in Europe

AGAPE brings together leaders of academic centres on philanthropy, their partners and professional organisations in the sector for two days to meet, exchange and benefit from the collective emulation to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of teaching and research on philanthropy.

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18-19 October 2018 - 2nd edition

The second Gathering of European Academic Research Centres on Philanthropy (AGAPE) was organised by the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair and ERNOP on the ESSEC Cergy campus on 18-19 October 2018. That year, 27 organisations representing 13 countries participated.

The first day focused on philanthropy education, including sessions designed to address the issue with students of different levels (from primary school to university). On the second day, participants reflected on how to build bridges between academic research and practice.

Here is a list of the topics discussed in the different sessions:

  • Mapping Research on Philanthropy - Present State and Future Directions

  • Finding and Nurturing Philanthropy PhD Students

  • What Works in Teaching [Undergrad] Philanthropy

  • Developing a Philanthropy Exec-Ed/Custom Training Program

  • Philanthropy, Digital Education, and E-Learning

  • Case Study: The School of Philanthropy - How to foster youth's interest in philanthropy

Beyond the issue of education, AGAPE 2018 also highlighted some key issues in philanthropy, such as the relationship between academic centres and practitioner organisations, or how best to disseminate research to the general public.

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November 2nd-3rd 2017 - 1st edition

The 1st edition of A Gathering of Academic Centers of Philanthropy in Europe (AGAPE) took place at ESSEC Business School on November 2-3, 2017. It was organized by hosting organizations ESSEC and ERNOP.


Leaders from 22 academic centers engaged in lively discussions about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of establishing and pursuing their work. The second day provided an opportunity to engage with leaders from the European philanthropy sector.


You will find a few key topics that were discussed during the two days below:

  • Researching Philanthropy

  • Teaching Philanthropy

  • Working with Partners

  • Communicating Impact

  • Key challenges for tomorrow's philanthropy

International Research Conference ERNOP

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July 9th-10th 2015: 7th edition - "Interdisciplinary Research on Philanthropy: Connecting the Dots"

On July 9th and 10th 2015, ESSEC hosted the 7the conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP). Organized by the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair, with support from CERESSEC, Fondation Roi Baudouin and Transnational Giving Europe, this international meeting gathered more than 130 participants, researchers and experts, from 29 countries (Europe, but also the United States, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan...).

This year's theme was "Interdisciplinary Research on Philanthropy: Connecting the Dots". The objective was to enhance discussions between researchers in economy, psychology, sociology and management who focus on "giving behaviors".

The programme aimed at fostering interdisciplinary exchanges through 5 main topics:

  • Advances in Philanthropy Theory and Practice

  • Psychological and Economical Pillars in Philanthropy

  • Organizational Governance and Strategy

  • International Studies on Philanthropy

  • Cultural and Institutional Determinants in Philanthropy

Two internationally renowned professors also presented their research: Avner Ben-Ner (University of Minnesota) presented his work about donation recipients in the United States, based on experimental economy; and Johanna Mair (Hertie School of Governance) shared the results of her recently published article about "Venture Philanthropy" (Academy of Management Journal).