Pamala Wiepking

Principal Investigator

Prof. dr. Pamala Wiepking holds the Professorship “The societal significance of charity lotteries” at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Through her research she aims to improve philanthropy to improve the world. At the Center for Grantmaking Research, she studies the effects of restrictions on grantmaking for grantee effectiveness, as understood by the grantmaker, grantee, and end-beneficiaries. She is also interested to study how participatory grantmaking and trust based philanthropy can improve philanthropy practices.

Arjen de Wit

Assistant Professor

Arjen de Wit is a researcher and teacher at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He uses quantitative, qualitative and computational methods to better understand prosocial behavior and the role of nonprofit organizations in society. Arjen completed his PhD at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the effects of government subsidies on charitable giving to nonprofit organizations, which resulted in the dissertation ‘Philanthropy in the welfare state: Why charitable donations do not simply substitute government support’ (January 2018). Having a background in Political Science and Sociology, he examines the consequences of unrestricted funding from different perspectives.

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Eline Crins

Research Fellow

Eline Crins is Head of Programs at Kansfonds. Kansfonds is a national foundation with the mission ‘Everyone a home: a roof over your head, enough money to get by, and a deep sense of belonging.' To achieve this mission, the fund establishes programs for people who are homeless, individuals living in significant poverty and those without valid residence permits. The past years, Kansfonds has gained experience with giving unrestricted funds. On one hand, driven by the desire to operate based on trust in people and societal organizations. On the other hand, acknowledging that project-specific funding does not always align with the organizations' financial needs. Eline is interested in the impact of providing unrestricted funds on these organizations and she is also curious about how this affects the relationship between the foundation and the beneficiaries.

Former team members

  • Olivier Hunnik
  • Anne Floor van der Woude
  • Pelin Zenginoglu
  • Gosha Hooghiemstra
  • Michiel Klaver
  • Emily van Eijk