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Charities Aid Foundation's Giving Thought podcast explored the big issues, themes and news stories relating to philanthropy and the work of civil society. 

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Mar 12, 2019

In episode 45, we chat to Beth Breeze- Director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent- about studying and teaching philanthropy as an academic discipline. Including:

-Why is it important for philanthropy to be seen as a subject of academic study?

-What does a philanthropy researcher actually do?

-Does philanthropy suffer from being cross-disciplinary, so that it doesn’t fit neatly into traditional academic siloes?

-How can the academic study of philanthropy effectively influence practice and policymaking?

-Why is teaching philanthropy important? What is the profile of a typical student, and what do they learn?

-Why has the fundraising side of the philanthropy equation been so overlooked?

-What makes a good fundraiser?

-Does the UK need more professionalised major donor fundraising if we are to drive more philanthropy?

-Do the current critiques of philanthropy in the US ring true in the UK? Is there a danger that they will exacerbate a negative perception of philanthropy?

-Is “Philanthropy” even a helpful word?


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