The global generosity research initiative is proud to include a team of over 50 scholars from more than 20 countries. View our core contributors, listed by country.

Project Leader: Prof. Pamala Wiepking is the Visiting Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy and Visiting Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Professor of the Societal Significance of Charitable Lotteries at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She studies international and interdisciplinary explanations for philanthropy with the aim to help create more generous societies.

Project Design and Management: Prof. Una Osili is the Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy and the Associate Dean for Research and International Programs at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She also serves as Dean’s Fellow for the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy. An internationally recognized scholar in economics, she leads the research and publication of Global Philanthropy Tracker, the Global Philanthropy Environment Index, Giving USA, Generosity for Life, and the Philanthropy Panel Study.

Project Design and Resourcing: Prof. Femida Handy is Professor of Social Policy at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Ph.D. program. Her research and teaching focus on the economics of the nonprofit sector, volunteering, philanthropy, nonprofit management, entrepreneurship, among other topics related to the nonprofit sector.

Project Communications: Lucy Holmes McHugh is a political science PhD candidate at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, and Research Assistant at the University of Queensland. She specialises in science communications, politics and public policy.


Dr. Cassandra Chapman is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Marketing at the University of Queensland Business School. Having come to academia with a background in nonprofit marketing, her research focuses on the psychology of charitable giving, trust in nonprofits, and public responses to charity scandals.

Dr. Wendy Scaife is Associate Professor and Director at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and Social-Purpose theme leader, Centre for Future Enterprise, at the Queensland University of Technology.She has researched the many ways that people give, especially in a planned versus spontaneous way and led the cross-university team on Giving Australia.


Dr. Michaela Neumayr is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Nonprofit Management at WU Vienna. Her research areas are charitable giving, philanthropy and society, nonprofits’ funding, and nonprofits’ roles in society.


Prof. Qiuguang Zhou is a Professor and the Director of Research Institute of Hunan Culture, head of the Federation of Volunteer Service of Ecological Conservation in Hunan, vice-chairman of Hunan Charity Federation, vice-head of Hunan Association for the Promotion of Social Organisations, head of the Institute of Philanthropy and Public Welfare of Hunan Normal University, and holds a range of other positions relating to Chinese charities and museums. He is a renowned scholar in the research field of social history and Hunan culture, and an important pioneer and leader in the research field of Chinese philanthropy.

Dr. Li Huijun, Associate Professor, Director of Modern Collection Center of Hunan Museum. She is a scholar in the research field of Hunan culture. 


Prof. Henrietta Grönlund is Professor of Urban Theology at the University of Helsinki. She specializes in research on prosocial behavior and civil society, especially in relation to questions of inequality, wellbeing, and religion.  Photo credit: Veikko Somerpuro

Anne Birgitta Pessi is a Professor of Church and Social Studies, and Wellbeing Sociology at the University of Helsinki. Her research interests cover compassion, altruism, meaningfulness, volunteering, civil society, togetherness, empathy at work places, church social work, and experiences of good life.


Prof. Steinunn Hrafnsdóttir is Professor of Social Work at the University of Iceland. Her research interests include the third sector, management of human organizations, voluntary work, and social innovation.

Ómar H. Kristmundsson is a Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, School of Social Sciences, University of Iceland. He holds a doctorate in public administration and public policy from the University of Connecticut. His research includes public governance, public leadership, decision-making in public administration, the governance of third-sector organizations, social enterprises and their ecosystems and social innovation.


Ms. Galia Feit is the Executive Director of the Institute for Law and Philanthropy at Tel Aviv University Law School. Her research focuses on mapping giving trends in Israel, on the blurring boundaries of philanthropy, and on ethos and ethics in government-philanthropy relations.

Dr. Hagai Katz, is a Senior Lecturer in Business Administration, at the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His research currently focuses on three issues: the management of nonprofit organizations, philanthropic foundations, and social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs.


Prof. Karl Henrik Sivesind is a Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway (2004– ). He is currently manager of the project ‘Conditions and Impacts of Welfare Mix’ funded by the Norwegian Research Council, and he has been leader for the Work Package ‘Elaboration and Testing of Impact Indicators’ on the project ‘Third Sector Impact—The Contribution of the Third Sector to Europe’s Socio-economic Development’ funded by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme (2014–2017).

Mr. Daniel Arnesen holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Oslo. He is interested in research topics such as civil society and democracy, voluntary organizations, civic engagement, and participation.


Dr. Natalya Ivanova is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. Her research interests include civil society development and sustainability, social impact evaluation, innovations in philanthropy, and social impact investment.

Dr. Irina Mersianova is the Director of the Center for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector and holds the Chair for NGO Economy and Management at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE), Moscow. Her research interests include the development of civil society in Russia, charitable giving, volunteering and citizens’ participation in local self-governance.


Dr. Sung-Ju Kim is an Assistant Professor of the School of Social Work at North Carolina State University. His research explores global generosity studies, Asian nonprofit education, nonprofit management and leadership issues, as well as Asian immigrants’ life experiences


Dr. Johan Vamstad is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Centre for Civil Society Research, at Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College in Stockholm and Guest Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University in Japan. His main research speciality is comparative studies of the role of civil society organizations and philanthropy in the health and social service sectors of different welfare states.


Prof. Ali Çarkoğlu is a Professor of Political Science at Koc University-Istanbul and the founding director of the Center for Survey Research and the Center for Civil Society and Philanthropy Research. His areas of research interest include donations and giving behavior, voting and elections, public opinion, party politics, and foundations in Turkey.


Mr. Yongzheng Yang is a PhD candidate at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He studies individual philanthropy, government-nonprofit relationships, and social welfare.

Cathie Carrigan serves as Managing Director of International Programs and a doctoral candidate at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. She studies cross-border philanthropy, diaspora giving, and global exchanges.