The Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (ECSP) is a knowledge and learning center that contributes to the performance and effectiveness of the philanthropic sector. Our mission is to support, stimulate and challenge non-grantseeking European foundations in realizing their full potential for societal benefit.

ECSP offers capacity building services to established and beginning foundations and their main stakeholders. We initiate boundary-crossing research projects, develop competence-oriented training and education programs, and provide complementary advisory services upon request.

ECSP values the development of a vital philanthropy learning ecosystem for practitioners and academics in Europe and we contribute to that as a platform and network for knowledge sharing. We emphasize our bridging role between academics and practitioners and support the learning dialogue between these groups.

ECSP was established in 2010 by two schools at Erasmus University, the Erasmus School of Economics and the Rotterdam School of Management, and a leading Dutch family foundation. It is an independent center located on the Erasmus University campus in Rotterdam to facilitate access to academic thought leaders in the disciplines of economics, management, social sciences, law, history and philosophy.

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