Cass Business School (City University London), NCVO, University of Edinburgh Business School

Based at Cass Business School (City University London), NCVO and the University of Edinburgh Business School, the Hub is dedicated specifically to sharing knowledge and research findings.

The Hub will build a dialogue and engagement between practice and research, and encourage and extend existing and new research. Dissemination media will include a comprehensive and accessible web-based resource centre for information on giving and philanthropy research, seminars, and published papers targeted at different stakeholders.

Professor Jenny Harrow
Jenny Harrow

Co-Director of the Centre. Jenny Harrow is Professor of Voluntary Sector Management in the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School, City University. She has led the Centre’s research interests in voluntary and community sector organisations since 2004, and is also a member of the Faculty of Management’s Centre for Research in Corporate Governance. Jenny has a research focus on government/ third sector relations, regulation, trusteeship and grantmaking, and has  written and published widely in these fields. She has a strong emphasis on practice-based and collaborative research. Examples include work on organisations and ‘SWiM’ – “sharing without merging” – for Bassac; local government and housing association joint working for Communities Scotland; and chief executives’ roles in mergers, for ACEVO, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. Her current research activities include the study of communications between grant-makers and grant-seekers (with the Association of Charitable Foundations, for the Charities Aid Foundation Collaborative Research Programme).

Jenny plays a key role in management education and curriculum development for the third sector, most  recently with the master’s in grant-making management at Cass. Jenny is Secretary of the  ‘Pracademics’ Special Interest Group of  the Association for Research in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and on the Executive of the Voluntary Action History Society. Until 2008 Jenny was Director of the PhD Programme for the Faculty of Management at Cass. Jenny is currently on the board of  the Institute for Voluntary Action Research and of a disability grant-making trust. Jenny has held a range of London-based posts in the voluntary sector and is an active trustee board member of a South London university settlement and a grantmaking trust.

Professor Cathy Pharoah

Co-Director of the Centre.Cathy Pharoah Cathy Pharoah is Professor of Charity Funding at the Sir John Cass Business School. Cathy has been a leading source of quantitative data on trends in private giving to UK charities for several years, and is currently publishing the Charity Market Monitor 2008, with CaritasData, a unique and comprehensive annual update on charities’ donations from all private sources. Cathy is also collaborating on a study of international giving funded by ESRC as part of its Non-Governmental Public Action research programme, led by Professor John Micklewright at Southampton University. Further research on private giving includes a study of trends in family foundation philanthropy, funded by the Pears Foundation. Research interests include giving and philanthropy by individuals, foundations and companies, charitable tax reliefs, trends in the resourcing of the third sector, social enterprise, relationships between the third, private and public sector funding.

Educated at Edinburgh University and the London School of Economics (LSE), Cathy has worked at LSE, the Policy Studies Institute and London University, and was previously Director of Research at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), working at the interface between academic and practice-based research. She is Chair of the Advisory Group for the Northern Rock Foundation’s Third Sector Trends Study, a large programme mapping the third sector in the North West and Cumbria, a member of OTS Steering Group for the Evaluation of Futurebuilders, board member and treasurer of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN), and advisory board member of the Institute of Volunteering Research. She is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. Cathy has completed projects with OTS, HMRC, the Institute of Fundraising, Cancer Research UK, Baring Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation, Commission for Unclaimed Assets and NatWest. Cathy publishes and presents widely in a range of voluntary sector and academic press.

Professor Ian Bruce

Ian Bruce is the founding Director of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at City University’s Cass Business SchoolIan Bruce, and Vice President of RNIB. Since training as a marketing manager with Unilever he has consistently used a marketing approach in his jobs as Chief Executive of RNIB and Volunteering England and Assistant Chief Executive of a London Borough and Age Concern England. In each of these roles he has taken a particular interest in fundraising and he now lectures widely on fundraising based on marketing theory. He chaired the research committee of the National Giving Campaign throughout its existence.  His book “Charity Marketing” is now in its third edition. He was the first charity chief executive to be made a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management (1991) and the first Chief Executive to be given both of the two major national Charity Awards for outstanding achievement. As well as his work at Cass Business School he continues his research interest in the views of blind people.

Karl Wilding

Karl Wilding is Head of Research at NCVO,Karl Wilding where he leads a wide-ranging programme of work looking at the characteristics and trends in the voluntary and community sector. Karl has played a leading role in building the relationship between the third sector and the ESRC, developing knowledge transfer and engagement strategies. His work includes a long-running programme of work with CAF to measure trends in individual giving. He is a visiting fellow at Cass Business School and a trustee of St Albans CVS.

Professor Stephen Osborne

Stephen P. Osborne is representing the Centre’s Hub in Scotland,Stephen Osborne and is Co-Director of Spoke 3