Book launch at ‘Understanding Philanthropy’ conference


A Centre for Philanthropy Beacon Project book, telling the untold story of gifts to the University, will be launched at a conference this summer.

To launch the book – provisionally entitled Kent: The Philanthropy Story – the University is holding a conference, titled ‘Understanding Philanthropy’, at Kent on Monday 29 June 2015.

The conference will welcome speakers from across the globe, both practitioners and theorists, to examine the meaning and mission of philanthropy in contemporary society. Keynote speakers include Professor Michael Moody, author of Understanding Philanthropy, and Dr René Bekkers, co-author of A Literature Review of Empirical Studies of Philanthropy. The conference is open to all, but registration is essential.

In addition, the Centre will be holding two debates on the role of philanthropy in Higher Education, one on our Canterbury campus on 10 March and one on our Medway campus on 10 April. The debates will be a discussion of the moral and practical implications of philanthropic funding for research and innovation.

For more information, please contact Triona Fitton.

You can also follow the Kent: The Philanthropy Story blog.

Beacon Projects are part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The initiative consists of 12 innovative projects which will explore areas where the University might be able to go forward in new and enterprising ways; and help to shape its trajectory over the next 50 years. Further information is available on the Beacon Projects webpages.