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AFP Names Dutch Professor Pamala Wiepking as 2016 Emerging Scholar for Work on Defining International Contexts for Giving

AFP has selected Dr. Pamala Wiepking, assistant professor at the Department of Business-Society Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the Netherlands, as the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Scholar Award.

The Emerging Scholar Award, established by the AFP Research Council, honors an early-career scholar or scholar-practitioner whose research has and will continue to shape the discourse on philanthropy and fundraising.

“Dr. Pamala Wiepking is our first award recipient from a non-U.S. university,” said Professor Russell James, chair of the AFP Emerging Scholar Award Committee. “Based in the Netherlands, her research has had substantial impact on our understanding of charitable giving behavior across Europe and the United States.  Her work represents the highest caliber of research in the field, and she is highly deserving of this award.’

Emerging Scholar jurors rated nominated scholars on their record of scholarship; demonstrated evidence of a further promising career as an academic researcher or scholar-practitioner; demonstrated impact on the state of scholarship or advancement of knowledge; and evidence of impact on fundraising practice.

Wiepking’s research focuses on interdisciplinary and international explanations of philanthropy. Together with other researchers she has published on philanthropic behavior in—among others—Social Forces, Social Science Research, Voluntas and the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She is co-editor (with Femida Handy) of the Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy. She is a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing.

Wiepking is also one of the founding members of the European Research Network on Philanthropy and lectures at the Erasmus University on the topic of philanthropy and methodology of research. She provides training and workshops for fundraising professionals. She is a board member of the Dutch Fundraising Institute (IF) and member of the European Fundraising Association (EFA) Certification Committee, certifying European fundraising educational programs.

“Wiepking has a distinctive ability to identify areas that are currently under-researched and build contributions that are both academically rigorous and practically relevant,” said Adrian Sargeant, Pd.D., professor of fundraising and director of the Center for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University, who nominated her. “There are many academics who dabble in the study of philanthropy and fundraising, but very few who make it their home and dedicate their career in the service of expanding this specific body of knowledge. There are even fewer whose work can genuinely straddle what is often referred to as the academic-practitioner divide and genuinely inform the thinking and strategy of the sector’s leading organizations.”

Wiepking completed her doctorate in philanthropic studies in 2008 at VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands and holds a master’s in sociology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

“My research focuses on the interdisciplinary and international explanations of philanthropy,” said Wiepking. “The question I aim to answer is why people and organizations voluntarily donate their own resources—money, time and talents—to benefit the public good. With my research I want to increase the understanding of philanthropic behavior, and the understanding of the context that motivates people to display philanthropic behavior. My mission is to make philanthropy more meaningful and support philanthropy professionals in their quest doing so.”

Established in 1991, the AFP Research Council leads AFP’s efforts to: identify research priorities; recognize and promote research that informs philanthropy and fundraising practice; and translate and disseminate research-based knowledge to practitioners. Council initiatives include the annual Compensation and Benefits survey and report, the Growth in Giving/Fundraising Effectiveness Project, the Nonprofit Research Collaborative surveys and reports, and the recent Special Events survey and report.  The Council also administers the annual AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize for the best new research-based book related to fundraising and philanthropy.

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