Philanthropic organizations have recently started to focus on how to invest their resources in a way that will really make a difference to society. Strategic philanthropy is the new concept for voluntary action for the public good to create a valuable sustainable impact! This inaugural address presents the future research agenda of the Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy and focuses on three (strategic) challenges faced by philanthropic organizations: 1) sustaining philanthropic commitment, 2) selecting and executing programmes, and 3) examining the role of management and boards. These are the linking pin between the first two challenges. Governance, accountability and organizational effectiveness are essential for management and boards of individual organizations and for the philanthropic sector as a whole. In the first strategic challenge, philanthropic commitment is seen as a natural resource and Ostrom’s (1990) eight design principles for managing ‘common pool resources’ are applied to philanthropic commitment. The second strategic challenge focuses on the results chain for programme management while the role of management and boards is analyzed from the perspective of ‘resource exchange partnerships’ in the third challenge. Cooperation, especially with the business world, is presented as essential for creating sustainable impact in society.

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Keywords boards, common pool management, corporate social responsibility, governance, impact, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, partnerships, strategic philanthropy, volunteering
JEL Multinational Firms; International Business (jel F23), Pension Funds; Other Private Financial Institutions (jel G23), Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), Corporate Culture; Social Responsibility (jel M14)
Publisher Erasmus Research Institute of Management
Sponsor Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
ISBN 978-90-5892-230-4
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Series ERIM Inaugural Address Series Research in Management
Journal ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management
Meijs, L.C.P.M. (2010, February 19). Reinventing Strategic Philanthropy: the sustainable organization of voluntary action for impact. ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Retrieved from