Data on philanthropy – by us, for us

There has been substantial progress towards gathering more complete national data on philanthropy across Europe. Philanthropic organisations are getting a better handle on filling the data void. Philea, in collaboration with ERNOP, hosts webinars to showcase some of the fascinating research from our members, celebrate their accomplishments, and offer the philanthropic community an inside look at these studies.

The series seeks to contribute towards the better sharing of data, research and knowledge across the philanthropy ecosystem in Europe. Each session will focus on a different theme and country case study, yet all of them will provide a space for sharing lessons learned, challenges faced, and best practices related to data collection at a national level.

Philanthropic Taxonomies: The Swiss Case (2023)

Data on Philanthropy – By Us, for Us: Making Use of Evidence for Good (2022)

The research projects on display will include, but are not limited to, national studies on household and institutional giving, state and scope of the sector, and philanthropy’s contribution to the economy and impact on a given sub-sector. While the studies will be presented by peers from observatories of foundations and philanthropy infrastructure organisations, the discussions will welcome insights from academic researchers and data scientists to enrich the methodological exchange and gain different perspectives.

The webinars will shed a light on several practical questions:

  • How data science benefits philanthropic and civil society organisations
  • How to use “big data” to inform the work of the philanthropic sector
  • What can be done to both, identify, and address data and knowledge gaps
  • How to make better use of existing administrative and survey data that covers the social sector
  • The sector’s lobbying efforts on open data

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Jack O’Neill
Data Officer
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