Philanthropy today? Philanthropy tomorrow? Seminar – Who are the presenters?

Sunday 9 October 2016

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With only a few days to go till our next seminar in the ‘Philanthropy to the rescue? Exploring the opportunities, strengths and challenges of philanthropy‘ series, let’s have a look at our speakers:


Beth Breeze – Beth is a graduate of St Andrews, where she studied Social Anthropology. She worked as a fundraiser and manager in a range of charities before completing her PhD and co-founding the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent. She now leads a team conducting research and teaching courses on philanthropy and fundraising, including an MA Philanthropic Studies by distance learning. She has written a wide range of research reports and articles on issues relating to charitable giving and philanthropy, as well as the annual Coutts Million Pound Donor Report since 2008. She has co-authored 2 books: Richer Lives: why rich people give (2013) and The Logic of Charity: Great Expectations in Hard Times (2015) and co-edited The Philanthropy Reader (2016). She is currently writing a new book called The New Fundraisers: who organises generosity in contemporary society?

Caroline Broadhurst – Caroline has worked at the Rank Foundation since 2006, formerly as the Director of Community Care Projects and in her current role over the last three years. Prior to joining the Foundation, Caroline worked in both the charitable and foundation sectors with interests in care, disability, family support and regeneration. Caroline holds an M.A. and is a Practitioner in Executive Coaching. Through her role as a Clore Social Fellow (2012) Caroline participated in secondments to the Foundation Centre in San Francisco and Oikocredit in the U.K, researching the key tenets of governance in philanthropy.

Robert Dufton – Robert is Director of Campaigns at the University of Sheffield and leads the University’s drive to increase philanthropic income. He is Co-head of the Department of Development, Alumni Relations & Events. He is a member of Development, Public Value and Postgraduate University Executive Board Sub- groups. Previously he was Director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (2004-13). Robert is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School and teaches on their MSc course in grant-making, philanthropy and social investment. He is a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bristol for his work in fundraising and philanthropy.

Robert Fleming – Since August 2012 Robert has been the Director of Development at the University of St Andrews. Prior to this he was Director of Development at Glasgow Caledonian University, and Vice President with GG+A Europe, with clients including the University of Warwick, University of Bristol, Lancaster University and Save the Children UK. He was previously Director of Development at the University of Edinburgh, and from 2000 until 2005 was Director of Development for Trinity College of Music, London. Earlier in his career, Robert held roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company (as Head of Sponsorship Development) and at the City of London Festival, and he continues his interest in the arts as a member of the Board of Scottish Ensemble. In 2014 Robert was elected to a three-year term to the CASE Commission on Philanthropy. He holds an MA Hons in Politics and Management Studies from the University of Glasgow and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration from City University London.

Jenny Harrow – Jenny is Professor of Voluntary Sector Management, Cass Business School, and co-director of the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy at Cass (ESRC – funded 2008-2014). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences (Government) from the University of Exeter and a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning and PhD from the London School of Economics; and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Jenny publishes collaboratively with academic colleagues, most recently co- editing the Routledge Companion to Philanthropy (2016) with Tobias Jung and Susan Phillips. She has an extensive track record in doctoral supervision; also in voluntary organisation trusteeship, with particular interest in disability and housing issues. She is currently trustee and a director of the Independence at Home Trust.

Tobias Jung – Tobias is a Reader at the University of St Andrews’ School of Management and the director and founder of The Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good. Prior to joining the School of Management in January 2014, Tobias was Principal Research Fellow at Cass Business School City University London, where he worked with the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP) and the Centre for Charity Effectiveness (CCE). He is a former Governor and Member of the Boards of Trustees of the St Katharine and Shadwell Trust and of London’s EastEnd Community Foundation and between 2009 and 2015 he served on the Board of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM). He is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy and is currently working with colleagues on a new book series entitled Philanthropy and Public Good: knowledge, practice, policy.

Barry Knight – Barry Knight is Executive Director of CENTRIS, and an adviser of the Global Fund for Community Foundations, particularly in the areas of evaluation and knowledge management. He is a social scientist who has worked for the UK government as adviser on policy and grants for non-profit organisations. His early career was spent in research and teaching at Cambridge University and he later worked for the European Commission. He has written books on economic development, family policy, inner cities, the voluntary sector, and social enterprise.

Diana Leat – Diana has held research posts in universities and think tanks in the UK, the US and Australia. Having spent some time focusing on research into grant-making foundations, Diana spent a year with the Carnegie Trust in the UK developing the first research centre for philanthropy in the UK (CGAP), and compiling a series of case studies on social change philanthropy. Diana is currently a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, London and at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies, QUT Brisbane Australia. She is the author of over 120 articles and books on the non-profit sector and social policy, specialising in philanthropic foundations. Until its closure in 2013 Diana was on the board of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund in the UK and is now a trustee of the Blagrave Trust. Her latest book Philanthropic Foundations, Public Good and Public Policy is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Yunus Sola – After a career in International Education, Dr Yunus Sola led poverty alleviation projects across the Middle East, Joined the board of the Global Donors Forum and launched the Academy of Philanthropy. He is also an advisor, trainer and mentor for the United Nations ‘Entrepreneurs for Social Change’, a project based in the EuroMed and being extended to Asia. The Academy of Philanthropy (AOP) is the consultIng, research, academic and training branch of the Global Donors Forum (GDF) leading a global network of donors, foundatIons and socially responsible corporatIons dedicated to promotIng effectIve, efficient and accountable giving. Yunus has also published a first novel (fiction) and has walked the Camino de Santiago nine times. He currently spends his time between Italy and India.

Marie-Luise Stoll-Steffan – Marie-Luise is Deputy Chair of the Board Die Wiesbaden Stiftung – Community Foundation, Regional Trustee for the Community Foundation Movement and Co- Chair of the Community Foundations working group, Berlin. Previously, she has held the post of Deputy Chair of the Board at Landesstiftung Miteinander in Hessen – Hesse State Foundation for Civic Engagement and was the Founder and Board member of LLIS Lake Leman International School, now KSI Morges (LLIS), Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

Rupert Graf Strachwitz – Director, the Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society (, was born in 1947, and grew up in Argentina, Italy, and Germany. He studied at Colgate University, USA, served in the German Army and continued his studies of Political Science and History at Munich University. His career included serving at headquarters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Rome, as Regional Director of the Order of Malta German Ambulance Corps, and as President of The Duke of Bavaria’s Administration.
Since 1987, he has worked as professional consultant, academic researcher, and policy advisor on philanthropy and civil society. He was Vice President of German Caritas, served on a Parliamentary Commission on Voluntary Action, was Council Member of Europa Nostra and member of the Commissione Centrale di Beneficienza of the Cariplo Foundation. He teaches and lectures regularly and has published widely on philanthropy and civil society issues. (

Susan Wilkinson-Maposa – Susan is a specialist in African philanthropy, author of “the Poor Philanthropist: how and why the poor help each other”, and the former Director of the Building Community Philanthropy programme, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa.


The event forms part of the seminar series ‘Philanthropy to the rescue? Exploring the opportunities, strenghts and challenges of philanthropy’.

Attendance on both or either of the days is free but places are limited. To register and reserve your space, please click here.

The series is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), grant reference ES/M002578/1. For further information and details on other events in the series, please visit the series’ webpages by clicking here.

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