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Boswell departs Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy in protest over funding

Boswell departs Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy in protest over funding
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Boswell departs Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy in protest over funding

Fundraising | Celina Ribeiro | 8 Dec 2009

Lindsay Boswell has left the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy, frustrated by a lack of funding for fundraising-related research.  

The Institute of Fundraising’s chief executive will set up a new thinktank within the Institute to investigate donor motivations – an area of research which many in the fundraising community  have felt the centre had failed to adequately fund.

Boswell’s departure comes in the wake of a campaign by leading researchers Joe Saxton and Professor Adrian Sargeant, backed by the Public Fundraising Regulatory Authority and the Fundraising Standards Board, to pressure the centre to allocate more money to fundraising research.

The centre is due to announce its next round of funding, worth £600,000, in January, with Boswell’s departure suggesting there may be little in the new year’s grant round which will please fundraisers.

The Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy was set up in 2008 and funds research into charities at a number of universities around the country.

A spokeswoman for the ESRC, one of the funders of the Centre of Charitable Giving and Philanthropy, said: "It is hoped that the Institute of Fundraising and the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy can both work to build the third sector's research base.

"The Centre will respond to appropriate opportunities for involvement in the Institute’s future initiatives around fundraising research."

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