Pamala Wiepking

Visiting Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy; Visiting Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies

Pamala Wiepking
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN


Ph.D. — VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    Philanthropic Studies, January 2004 – April 2008
    Title Ph.D. thesis: “For the Love of Mankind. A Sociological Study on Charitable Giving.” Defended: April 21, 2008. Supervisors: Prof. dr. Th.N.M. Schuyt (VU University) and dr. I. Maas (Utrecht University).
M.Sc. — Utrecht University, the Netherlands
    Sociology, 2002, Title M.Sc. thesis: “Gender Differences in Poverty: A Cross-national Study” (in Dutch).


Dr. Pamala Wiepking (Schiedam, 1978) is the inaugural Visiting Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She studies cross-national and interdisciplinary explanations of philanthropy.

She aims to make philanthropy more meaningful for all actors involved and she is the 2017 UMD SPP Do Good Institute-ARNOVA Award for Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership recipient for her leadership in international philanthropy and nonprofit research. Together with other researchers she has published on philanthropic behavior in—among others—Social Forces, European Sociological Review, Social Science Research, Voluntas and the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

She is co-editor (with Femida Handy) of the Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy, which won the 2016 ARNOVA Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize. She is a member of the editorial board for the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. Pamala is one of the founding members of the European Research Network on Philanthropy and the Center for Global Generosity. She is also board member of the Dutch Fundraising Institute (NLFL).

Pamala is the mother of Yse (2012) and Olli (2015).

Courses Taught

  • Explanations for prosocial behavior
  • Certificate programs for philanthropy professionals
  • Resources That Make You Generous: Effects of Human, Financial, and Social Resources on Charitable GivingGraduate courses on designing research questions, research projects, and
  • Supervision Master theses
  • Supervision Bachelor theses
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Statistical Analysis


On global philanthropy:

On (motivations for) giving:

On methods of studying charitable giving:

On bequest giving:

On mass media campaigns for charitable organizations:

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 UMD SPP Do Good Institute-ARNOVA Award for Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.
  • Best conference paper award for the paper A Different Driver? Exploring Employee Engagement in Corporate Philanthropy, at the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) Conference in Copenhagen, July 12 2017 (with Beth Breeze).
  • 2016 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize for The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the largest international association for research on philanthropy (with Femida Handy).
  • 2016 Academy of Management (AOM) Emerald Best International Symposium Award at the 2016 AOM Conference (with Femida Handy and Lonneke Roza).
  • 2016 Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Emerging Scholar Award for research on philanthropy and fundraising.

Grants & Funding

  • “Creating comparable giving data.” Support Programme National and International Project (SNIP) grant from the Erasmus University. €10,000
  • “Generous People, Generous Nations” Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Grant number 016.105.179 (veni grant). 2009-2014. €250,000
  • “Net Worth donors in the Netherlands,” funding provided by Mindwize and Elite Research. €50,000.