It is my pleasure to invite you to my inaugural lecture on March 19, 2021, during which I will accept the full professorship “The Societal Significance of Charity Lotteries” at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This part-time professorship is financed by a generous contribution of the Dutch Charity Lotteries. In addition to this professorship, I will continue my work as Visiting Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy and Associate Professor in Philanthropic Studies at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis in the United States.

The Dutch Charity Lotteries are one of the world’s largest funders and have uniquely been supporting their grantees with unrestricted and multiyear funding since 1989. Recently there has been quite some attention for this way of financing nonprofit organizations. In the Netherlands, but definitely also in the rest of Europe, in the United States, and especially in these times of crisis with the COVID-19 epidemic the relevance of unrestricted, flexible funding is high. However, are there only benefits to this way of financing nonprofits?

During the inaugural lecture, I will share an overview of the research that our team (including dr. Arjen de Wit, Olivier van Hunnik, MSc. and Floor van der Woude, MSc.) has conducted since the start of the professorship in January 2019. I will share the current state of knowledge on the effects of unrestricted multiyear grantmaking for grantee effectiveness, and the results from our first qualitative study on the perceived effects of unrestricted grant making as experienced by grantees of the Dutch Charity Lotteries. I will also set out our future research agenda, inspired by conversations with and needs expressed by many involved stakeholders, including –but not limited to- academics, consultants, practitioners working at foundations and grantee organizations, and end beneficiaries.

We have already presented some initial results of this project during the virtual 2020 ARNOVA Conference. You can watch this presentation here.

Due to the Corona measures, the inaugural lecture will be streamed live, and I would love to meet you virtually March 19 2021.

Best wishes,

Prof. dr. Pamala Wiepking


Inaugural lecture “The Societal Significance of Charity Lotteries” by Prof. dr. Pamala Wiepking

March 19, 2021, 3.45 – 5.00 p.m. CET (Amsterdam) / 10.45 – 12.00 p.m. EDT (Indianapolis) / 19.45 – 21.00 p.m. IST (Indian Standard Time)

Link to watch lecture (it will start at 3.45 pm CET sharp)