The Centre



arnova.pngThe Geneva Centre for Philanthropy is a member of ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action), an American association founded in 1971 that brings together academics, educators and practice leaders. This community is committed to strengthening research and contributing to the development of best practices in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector in general, in order to improve the situation of civil society and the quality of life. It brings together both theoretical and applied interests: it helps academics to better understand the day-to-day concerns of third sector organisations and provides non-profit professionals with links to research that they can use to improve the work of their organisations and the quality of life of citizens.


ERNOP.pngThe Geneva Centre for Philanthropy is a member of ERNOP (European Research Network on Philanthropy). ERNOP's mission is to advance, coordinate and promote excellence in philanthropic research in Europe. ERNOP is an international and interdisciplinary network open to all researchers and practitioners with an interest in studying philanthropy.

At the biennial ERNOP conference, researchers present their research, exchange ideas and meet practitioners. ERNOP is proud that this conference is considered to be the leading European conference on philanthropy research.

ERNOP aims to represent the study of philanthropy in Europe in discussions among European policymakers in the public and philanthropy sector and has developed warm working relationships with professional associations as EFC, Dafne, EVPA, EFA and CEV.

As research community we also aim to contribute to society through organising events for practitioners.


ISTR.jpgThe Geneva Centre for Philanthropy is a member of ISTR (International Society for Third-sector Research). Founded in 1992, ISTR is an international association dedicated to promoting research and education on civil society, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. ISTR works to unite scholars and researchers to exchange ideas and advance knowledge on both a local and international scale, regarding the third sector, human welfare and international development. Its mission is to increase, share, and apply knowledge about the Third Sector in all countries of the world. ISTR holds biennial conferences as well as Regional Network meetings, allowing locally focused researchers to meet and discuss region-specific issues.

ISTR has members in more than 85 countries.


WINGS.pngThe Geneva Centre for Philanthropy is a member of WINGS, a community of opinion leaders and creators of change that encourages collaboration among philanthropic actors to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world. With more than 170 member organisations in 55 countries, it strives to create an enabling environment for the philanthropic sector to flourish and reach its full potential as a catalyst for social progress.

WINGS focuses on three areas of impact: (i) collective intelligence, such as the development of multi-stakeholder partnerships to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), (ii) strengthening ecosystems and (iii) advocacy / policy.

knowledge Partners


Fondation de France is a strategic partner of the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy. It also collaborates with the Centre on specific projects.


OECD.png The Geneva Centre for Philanthropy is a content partner of the OECD Centre on Philanthropy, alongside ERNOP, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Global Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD).

In 2018, the OECD created a Centre on Philanthropy to respond to the global demand for more and better data and analysis on global philanthropy for development. It focuses on two main areas of work:

1. Collection and analysis of comparable data on philanthropy.
2. Research and analysis on global trends and the impact of philanthropy for development.

In 2020, the GCP collaborated with the OECD to produce the report "Taxation and philanthropy" which examines the tax treatment of philanthropic entities and donations in 40 countries around the world. The report is the most comprehensive study of tax regimes applied to the philanthropy sector to date.


swissfoundations.pngThe Geneva Centre for Philanthropy is an academic partner of SwissFoundations, the umbrella association of Swiss donor foundations. Founded in 2001, SwissFoundations is an active and innovative network that promotes the sharing of experiences, transparency and professionalism in the Swiss non-profit sector in conjunction with political, social and scientific actors. SwissFoundations promotes self-reflection and a learning culture, encourages foundations to allocate their resources to their goals in a professional and transparent manner, and defines best practices for doing so in the Swiss Foundation Code. SwissFoundations is also committed to a liberal policy framework and supports an appropriate public perception of foundations.

partners for projects


Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) of the University of Basel and the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy are joining forces to co-organise the Master Class in Philanthropy "Foundations, new generation(s)?", a 3-day continuing education course held in Romandie every year.

CEPS logo.jpgEstablished in 2008, the CEPS is an interdisciplinary research and executive education institute, specialized on the non-profit sector in Switzerland. It collaborates with other university bodies, especially faculties of the University of Basel but also research institutes as well as institutions of society and economy. Its activities aim to improve the understanding and scientific basis of philanthropy and thus strengthen practical work in the field of philanthropy, in order to be of use to foundations and other non-profit organisations.



Swiss Philanthropy Foundation  is an independent non-profit hosting foundation created in 2006. Its mission is to encourage philanthropy through the creation and administration of hosted funds, in order to enable philanthropists to implement their commitments in a sustainable way. It offers philanthropists easy access to philanthropy with a flexible, cost-effective structure that minimises the administrative burden and maximises the impact of their donations. Today, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation has created nearly 70 philanthropic funds representing over CHF 250 million.


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As part of a collaboration with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy welcomed a visiting scholar for 9 months (2019-2020).

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy trains and empowers students and practitioners to innovate and lead - and to create positive and lasting change in the world. Through critical inquiry, interdisciplinary research, teaching, training and civic engagement, it aims to increase the understanding of philanthropy and improve its practice worldwide.