ECSP shapes the research agenda and advances the "state of the art" by:
- Initiating and (co-)executing rigorous boundary-crossing research projects that generate relevant new knowledge that can be translated into useful capacity building materials for practitioners;
- Pioneering the application of innovative approaches and theories from other fields to the field of strategic philanthropy and endowed foundations;
- Acting as a “research gateway to Europe” by applying or transferring research approaches and insights from other continents;
- Building or strengthening research partnerships that link academics from different institutions to each other and to practitioners from different fields.