Stephanie Koolen-Maas
Academic Researcher
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Stephanie is a parttime postdoctoral researcher at the Business-Society Management Department at RSM. She also works as a researcher and projectlead at the Centre of Philanthropic Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Stephanie completed her PhD in 2020 at RSM. Her dissertation "In the Moment of Giving" centers on contemporary forms of giving, including both private and corporate philanthropy. She focused on topics such as trends in volunteerism and modern channels for corporate giving or corporate community involvement.

Research interests include (corporate) philanthropy, business-nonprofit relationships, (corporate) volunteering, corporate foundations, and nonprofit and volunteer management.

As an academic researcher, Stephanie taught several courses on both BSc. and MSc. level, including courses on nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, qualitative research, and research in an international context (Shanghai; Cape Town). She also guides numerous BSc. and MSc. theses, and BSc. internships with a focus on (peripheral) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and beyond. She further worked on research projects on corporate foundations and volunteering, impact measurements, and a European funded research project on service-learning. She also served as an advisor for the Erasmus Consultancy Project in Colombia (2016-2017). 



Academic (4)
  • van Overbeeke, P., Koolen - Maas, S., Meijs, L., & Brudney, JL. (2022). You Shall (Not) Pass: Strategies for Third-Party Gatekeepers to Enhance Volunteer Inclusion. Voluntas, 33(1), 33-45.

  • Koolen-Maas, S. A., Meijs, L. C. P. M., van Overbeeke, P. S. M., & Brudney, J. L. (Accepted/In press). Rethinking Volunteering as a Natural Resource: A Conceptual Typology. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

  • Meijs, L. C. P. M., Geers, I., Maas, S., & van Overbeeke, P. (2022). The segmentation of volunteering. Voluntaris, 10(1), 155.

  • Koolen - Maas, S., Meijs, L., & Brudney, JL. (2020). Designing “National Day of Service” Projects to Promote Volunteer Job Satisfaction. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Academic (3)
  • Meijs, L. C. P. M., Maas, S. A., & Aramburuzabala, P. (2019). Institutionalisation of service learning in European higher education. In Embedding Service Learning in European Higher Education: Developing a Culture of Civic Engagement (pp. 213-229). Taylor and Francis Inc..

  • Meijs, L., Koolen - Maas, S., & Aramburuzabala, P. (2019). Institutonalisation of service learning in European higher education. In P. Aramburuzabala, L. McIlrath, & H. Opazo (Eds.), Embedding Service Learning in European Higher Education: Developing a Culture of Civic Engagement (pp. 213-230). Routledge.

  • Koolen - Maas, S. (2019). Outsourcing of corporate giving: What corporations can(‘t) gain when using a collective corporate foundation to shape corporate philanthropy. In L. Roza, S. Bethmann, L. C. P. M. Meijs, & S. Von Schnurbein (Eds.), Handbook on Corporate Foundations: Corporate and Civil Society Perspectives (pp. 193-214). Springer-Verlag. Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies

Externally prepared (1)
  • Koolen - Maas, S. (2020). In the Moment of Giving: Essays on contemporary forms of private and corporate philanthropy. [Doctoral Thesis, Erasmus University Rotterdam]. Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR).

Professional (1)
  • Roza, L., Koolen - Maas, S., & Meijs, L. (2015). De ontwikkeling van een hybride organisatie. Vebego Foundation.

Professional (1)


New Economic Thinking & Social Entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: FEB53115

Past courses

Internationaal Project

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BMA2102
  • ECTS: 5

New Economic Thinking & Social Entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: FEB53115M

Philosophy of Science

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BK1207
  • Level: Bachelor 1

Philosophy of science

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BKB2016
  • Level: Bachelor 2, Pre-master

Sustainability Grand Challenges

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BM05GBS
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Sustainability Leadership and Planetary Boundaries

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BM01GBS
  • ECTS: 6 Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master


  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BP1102
  • ECTS: 3

Corporate Social Investment as a force for positive social change

  • Study year: 2019/2020
  • Code: BMME143
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Philosophy of Science

  • Study year: 2019/2020
  • Code: BK1107
  • Level: Bachelor 1

Research Methodology

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMRM4GBS
  • ECTS: 1 Level: Master


  • Study year: 2017/2018
  • Code: BMA1011
  • ECTS: 4

Learning by doing: consulting to social entrepreneurs

  • Study year: 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BKBMIN020
  • ECTS: 15 Level: Bachelor, Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3

Managing NGO's

  • Study year: 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMME037
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

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