Pamala Wiepking wins Virginia Hodgkinson Research Book Prize

Dr Pamala Wiepking, assistant professor in the Department of Business-Society Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has won the prestigious Virginia Hodgkinson Research Book Prize. Together with Femida Handy, University of Pennsylvania, she was awarded with the prize in Washington DC on 19 November for their work on the book Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy.

This book offers significant theoretical, empirical and practical contributions to the study of philanthropy in an international perspective. The book presents and analyses the geographic, geopolitical, and cultural differences in 26 countries based on contributions by 55 scholars from world-renowned universities from all over the world.

“It’s a great honour to be recognised by the large and interdisciplinary philanthropy research community,” says Dr Wiepking. “I feel it is a recognition of the work of everyone involved. I truly feel that as a collective we made a contribution to understanding which factors can facilitate societal change for the good.”

Philanthropy and the non-profit sector

The annual Virginia Hodgkinson Research Prize is awarded by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) to the best book on philanthropy and the non-profit sector that informs policy and practice.

The prize recognises the pioneering role of Virginia Hodgkinson in the research on philanthropy and non-profit organisations. In her role as vice-president of research at Independent Sector, Virginia Hodgkinson played a leading part in advancing the understanding of the role of the non-profit sector.

She was also instrumental in developing many of the important institutions and organisations supporting research on philanthropy, volunteering and non-profit organisations, and was a mentor to many scholars and policymakers in the field.

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