Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Philanthropy

Professor Lucas Meijs, Lonneke Roza, dr. Kellie Liket and Marjelle Vermeulen of the Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy have contributed to the recently published “Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Philanthropy” with a chapter on the European perspective of entrepreneurs’ transition to philanthropy. Currently, very little academic research exists on the intersection of entrepreneurship and philanthropy. This publication fills that gap, exploring how and why entrepreneurs who drive success in the for-profit world become engaged in philanthropy.

The book chapter of Meijs, Roza, Liket and Vermeulen starts with a rich contextualisation of the European tradition in philanthropy and the rise of the ‘philanthrepreneur’; entrepreneurs who actively engage in philanthropy. Four different civil society models that potentially influence the way contemporary philanthrepreneurs engage with their communities are identified. Furthermore, the current state of the literature on the Anglo-Saxon European philanthrepreneur is described.

To enrich the existing literature, three cases of philanthrepreneurs from the different civil society models existing in Europe are presented; the Rhine Model, Mediterranean Model and Scandinavian Model. Of these models, the motivations, governance models, and focus are analysed, as well as the effects of the specific context of the civil society model on these topics. The chapter concludes with a presentation of the authors’ view on the typical contemporary European philanthrepreneur.

The book can be ordered at Edward Elgar Publishing or at Dutch selling point Van Stockum. The book is also available as an E-book.

The Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (ECSP) is a knowledge and learning centre that contributes to the performance and effectiveness of the philanthropic sector. Its mission is to support, stimulate and challenge non-grant seeking European foundations in realising their full potential for societal benefit. The ECSP was established in 2010 by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and the Erasmus School of Economics, and a leading Dutch family foundation.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is ranked among Europe’s top 10 business schools for education and among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam - a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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