My personal mission is to make philanthropy more meaningful for all actors involved.
I aim to do so through my work on philanthropy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since 2012, I have also been a board member of the Dutch Fundraising Institute (IF). Through this role I hope to translate academic research on philanthropy to help philanthropy professionals do their important jobs even better. I feel honored to have received the 2016 Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Emerging Scholar Award for outstanding scholarship related to philanthropy and fundraising.
In my academic work, I study philanthropy and nonprofit organizations from a cross-national and interdisciplinary perspective. ogether with other researchers I have published on philanthropic behavior in –among others- Social Forces, the European Sociological Review, Voluntas and the Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly and with Femida Handy I have co-edited The Palgrave Handbook on Global Philanthropy, describing and explaining philanthropic giving in 26 countries.