The Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) within the University of Cambridge Judge Business School is dedicated to enhancing the impact of strategic philanthropy both within and from global growth markets. Through a combination of rigorous research, executive education and the convening of diverse voices, the Centre aims to become the leading hub of actionable knowledge to catalyse greater philanthropic impact from the world’s fastest growing regions.
The Centre for Strategic Philanthropy works closely with Cambridge Judge Business School and wider University faculty, research fellows, honorary fellows and our partner organisations to develop cutting-edge research, training programmes and practitioner workshops.
The Centre for Strategic Philanthropy aims to engage diverse voices to discuss strategic philanthropy. Access summaries of the discussions and outcomes of our events portfolio.
News from the Centre
In the media
Unleash the huge potential for strategic philanthropists from global growth markets to be leading sources of solutions to societal problems and accelerate positive sustainable change worldwide.
To become the leading centre of actionable knowledge to catalyse greater philanthropic impact from the world’s fastest growing regions on global development and humanitarian outcomes.
Our theory of change
Change-makers from global growth markets are vital providers of solutions to societal and environmental problems, supporting in the delivery of global development and resilience. The CSP will help to inform, cultivate and catalyse strategic philanthropy in and from these markets, and strengthen the broader philanthropic ecosystem by inspiring collaboration between international and local impact-oriented initiatives and organisations.
COVID-19 is accelerating an already existing trend: the awakening of institutional philanthropy in the global south. Our report suggests this awakening is hampered by weak philanthropy infrastructure and networks, insufficient collaboration within and between sectors, and a lack of core funding to build the resilience of the non-profit ecosystem.
Why emerging economies?
The Centre for Strategic Philanthropy is being launched in the midst of a second wave of globalisation that is predicted to see the rapid rise of emerging economies and a progression of economic power southward and eastward.
The top 10 fastest growing economies in the world are all in emerging markets. It is estimated that trillions of dollars will be passed on from one generation to the next in these societies over the next 10 years. This historic period of new wealth creation and intergenerational wealth transfer is expected to lead to a significant increase in philanthropic activity both within and from these jurisdictions.
This presents a clear and immediate opportunity to strengthen awareness and understanding within global growth markets around the power of strategic philanthropy, to engage with the next generation of philanthropists from these markets and to support the development of innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
The work of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy is relevant to individuals and institutions on the supply side as well as the demand side of social change, including:
Academics, researchers & students
who are interested in:
- researching best practices and principles of strategic philanthropy
- understanding historical trends and the output of philanthropic investments
- assessing the nature of interventions that bring about systemic sustainable change
- identifying how to improve collaboration between multi-sector stakeholders.
Current and potential philanthropists and members of the next generation
who are poised to deploy significant philanthropic capital and become part of the next wave of global philanthropic leaders.
Change makers including government policy makers, business leaders, heads of philanthropic organisations, social entrepreneurs and the management of INGOs and LNGOs
who are committed to taking collective action to address the world’s most pressing problems.