The 2017 University of Maryland Do Good Institute – ARNOVA Award for Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership was presented to Dr. Pamala Wiepking from the Department of Business-Society Management at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus UniversityRotterdam.
The award provides $10,000 to a member of Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) in support of new and creative work, with a particular interest in projects that incorporate and apply new insights, frameworks, and theories to the study of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, or volunteerism in comparative, international perspective.
Bob Grimm, director, Do Good Institute and Levenson Family Chair in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, said “This annual award recognizes and encourages innovative, path-breaking research and we’re looking forward to seeing the findings Dr. Wiepking uncovers.”
While there is an abundance of research showing how individual motivations and resources influence philanthropic behavior, Dr. Wiepking proposes to examine philanthropy’s larger context. She will lead a cross-national, collaborative study of the influence of the meso- and macro-institutionalization of philanthropy on individual giving. It is expected that the greater the legitimation for and the professionalization of philanthropy is in a country, the higher philanthropic giving will be, independent of individual motivations and resources. An additional project goal will be to create, in collaboration with colleagues, a publicly accessible version of the IIPD, thereby making it available to all researchers interested in the study of global philanthropy.
The project results will uniquely add to the understanding of the meso- and macrolevel explanations of philanthropy and facilitate future research on global philanthropy. In addition, they can help governments and actors in the philanthropic sector to design new or adjust existing societal structures to facilitate philanthropic gifts, especially in countries with limited institutional underpinnings of philanthropy.
The selection committee included Alan Abramson (George Mason University), Wolfgang Bielefeld (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), Elizabeth Boris (Georgetown University), Joseph Galaskiewicz (University of Arizona), Femida Handy (University of Pennsylvania), Amir Pasic (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), and Francie Ostrower (University of Texas).