The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

The ESSEC Chair in Philanthropy

Philanthropy in Europe: Academic Research and Practical Applications

Philanthropy is currently benefiting from strong growth. It is gaining ground in the international arena and playing an increasing role in addressing social challenges, and the range of tools available to philanthropists continues to expand. With its unique status – neither public sector, nor private for-profit sector – and its capacity for innovation, philanthropy fosters experimentation and forges new models for public-interest projects in areas such as health, education, culture and the environment.

Although European philanthropy is experiencing significant growth, it remains poorly understood. It is for this reason that ESSEC decided to create a research chair in philanthropy.

The ESSEC Research Chair in Philanthropy: Research, Practical Application and Shared Knowledge

The ESSEC Research Chair focuses on three activities: academic research, applied research and education. The Chair explores the specific context of European philanthropy through both historical research and analysis of the different strategies in place. The Chair also examines various case studies (Phitrust, Asmaé, Fondazione CRT, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, etc.) and shares research with students, academia and philanthropy professionals.

ESSEC Business School: A Premier Academic Partner for the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

Combining academic excellence and social responsibility, ESSEC is one of Europe’s top business schools. In 2010, ESSEC founded the Institute for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (IIES), which contributes to the growing professionalism of the social sector in France and worldwide. IIES’s activities include the development of innovative programs such as Scale Up and the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship, in partnership with our Foundations. The ESSEC Research Chair in Philanthropy, created in 2011, is the only program of its kind in Europe. It builds on the school’s commitment in this area and is supported by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations with a view to promoting social innovation.

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