Affiliates

Peter Schubert

Research Affiliate

Peter Schubert is currently a postdoctoral researcher in public and nonprofit management at the University of Hamburg. He holds a Master degree in Nonprofit Management & Governance from the University of Heidelberg and completed his PhD at University of Hamburg in 2020. His research projects focus on nonprofit finance and accountability, foundation grantmaking, and stakeholder management. As part of his doctoral research, he examined the phenomenon of the nonprofit starvation cycle and studied the willingness among grantmkaing foundations to support organizational infrastructure of grantee organizations.

Barbara Gouwenberg

Research Affiliate

Barbara Gouwenberg is researcher at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is coordinator of the Giving in the Netherlands research project and involved in research on (European) foundations. She managed the European Foundations for Research and Innovation (EUFORI) Study and she was vice-chairman of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Foundations, Venture Philanthropy and Social Investments. She contributed with a chapter on Dutch endowed foundations to an explanatory study on philanthropy of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), an independent advisory body for government policy.

Olena van Horick

Research Affiliate

Olena van Horick is a doctoral researcher at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Olena has experience in both philanthropic and for-profit organizations working on organizational change, strategy design and implementation, and general management. Her educational background is in applied mathematics, economics, and international relations. In her Ph.D. project, Olena studies attitudes and practices concerning effective philanthropy. She investigates the implications of funder-grantee relationships and aims to determine which approaches lead to more effective programmes, what makes grantees healthy and sustainable organizations, and eventually, how different actors can influence the effectiveness of philanthropic interventions to achieve a more significant impact.