Beth Breeze, Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent
Centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent
Director of capital appeals and fundraising
Dr. Beth Breeze is director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent. She began her career as a fundraiser for a youth homelessness charity, and spent a decade working in a variety of fundraising, research and charity management roles, including as deputy director at the Institute for Philanthropy in London.
Noting the lack of substantive research underpinning practice, Beth completed a PhD on contemporary philanthropy and moved into academia. She has since written 3 books: Richer Lives: Why Rich People Give (co-authored with Theresa Lloyd), The Logic of Charity: Great Expectations in Hard Times (co-authored with John Mohan) and The Reader on Philanthropy (co-edited with Michael Moody). Her next book is The New Fundraisers: Who Organises Generosity in Contemporary Society?
Beth has also written a wide range of research reports including the annual ‘Coutts Million Pound Donors Report’, ‘How Donors Choose Charities’ and ‘User Views of Fundraising’, and has worked on studies of giving circles, fundraising for ‘unpopular’ causes, philanthropy across the life-course and corporate philanthropy on the shop floor. Her current main research focus is the social and personal skills of fundraisers.
Beth has served as trustee for the Cardinal Hume Centre for young homeless people, as publications editor of Philanthropy UK, a member of the president’s advisory council at NCVO, and provides voluntary fundraising support to a range of charities.
Beth is keen to take ideas and research findings to a wide audience. She frequently speaks at charity sector events around the country, and has contributed to discussions about philanthropy and charitable giving in a range of media including TV, radio, online news, broadsheet and tabloid newspapers and all the UK charity sector publications.