No part of the philanthropic landscape appears to be as diverse as the ways in which individuals and for-profit organizations seek to do good. While philanthropy is not a new phenomenon, its diversification of practices and the emergence of (third party) organizations and new vehicles call for a renewed understanding. The studies in this dissertation represent a more in-depth exploration of contemporary forms of private and corporate philanthropy. First, I examine temporary episodic volunteering by examining National Days of Service initiated by a third party. National Days of Service are state- or countrywide volunteering programs in which individuals and groups support nonprofit organizations by giving their time to a one-day, time-limited volunteer project. In the first two studies, I show how nonprofit organizations integrate National Days of Service and how they can do so more meaningfully. Second, I examine two vehicles that channel important elements of corporate philanthropy, and that stand between corporate donors and nonprofit recipients. These include a corporate foundation serving the interests of multiple corporate donors simultaneously (collective corporate foundation) and third party intermediary organizations. In the last two studies, I demonstrate how these two channels of corporate philanthropy add value and what the consequences are for corporate donors and nonprofit recipients.

Philanthropy, Corporate Philanthropy, Corporate Community Involvement, Corporate Foundations, Third party intermediaries, National Days of Service, Episodic Volunteering, Qualitative
L.C.P.M. Meijs (Lucas) , J.P. Cornelissen (Joep)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM Dissertations in Management
With summary in English, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese
Business-Society Management

Maas, S.A. (2020, March 20). In the Moment of Giving: Essays on contemporary forms of private and corporate philanthropy (No. 2). RSM Dissertations in Management. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from