Pears Foundation has given University of Kent’s Centre for Philanthropy £210,000 to support its research and education programme.
Since 2012, Pears Foundation has made three grants to the Centre, totalling £300,000. These grants have supported the launch of a Master's degree in Philanthropic Studies, funded the publication of a book on Why Rich People Give, and helped launch a free online course in How to Fundraise.
The university said this is the first time that the Centre has received core funding.
The funding should enable the Centre to maintain momentum in research and allow academics to further develop public engagement activities and make constructive contributions to discussions about the role and purpose of philanthropy in modern societies, as well as helping charities to rebuild after Covid-19.
Dr Beth Breeze, director of the Centre for Philanthropy, said: "We look forward to extending our work and impact in the coming years, to achieve our shared goals of promoting more effective and thoughtful philanthropy to the benefit of wider society."