Kent academic wins prize for book on charity fundraisers

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Dr Beth Breeze
Dr Beth Breeze by University of Kent/Jason Dodd

Dr Beth Breeze from the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) has won a major prize for her book published last year on the importance of fundraising in society.

She was awarded the 2018 AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy for her work The New Fundraisers: Who Organises Charitable Giving in Contemporary Society.

The award was presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) with the prize judges praising the book for its impact on better helping understand the motivations of fundraisers and the skills and training required to create effective fundraising professionals.

Dr Breeze said she was ‘absolutely thrilled’ to receive the award, which was presented by AFP at its board meeting before the 55th AFP International Fundraising Conference in New Orleans, April 14.

Dr Breeze is a senior lecturer on social policy and director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University. She worked as a fundraiser and charity manager before co-founding the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, where she now leads a team conducting research and teaching courses on philanthropy and fundraising.

She has written the annual Coutts Million Pound Donor Report since 2008, co-authored Richer Lives: Why Rich People Give (2013), The Logic of Charity: Great Expectations in Hard Times (2015) and co-edited The Philanthropy Reader (2016).