Changing Perspectives on Philanthropy

Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good

The Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good at the University of St Andrews’ School of Management focuses on strengthening, enhancing and challenging theory, practice and policy relating to philanthropy and its relationship to public good through scholarship, engagement and impact.

We take a broad perspective on what constitutes philanthropy. We define philanthropy as ‘the use of private resources – time, treasure, talent, ties – for public purposes’. This casting enables us to take a critically reflective approach to philanthropy: it allows us to consider the diversity of perspectives, principles and practices found in philanthropy and it acknowledges that philanthropy can be, but is not necessarily, a force for good.

Working with relevant individual and organisational stakeholders, we provide an informed platform for the development and discussion of new ideas, practices and thinking in the philanthropy field, act in advisory capacities, and generate awareness of issues relating to philanthropy and the public good.