Identifying and filling knowledge gaps
Identifying research priorities is a collaborative process, entailing the active involvement of New College, practitioners and academics working and interested in the field. Research can contribute to recent questions about charitable taxation allowances, aggressive fundraising practices, and the reasons behind some high-profile charity failures.
In preparation for the future programme Charity Futures is working with Caroline Fiennes (an alumna of New College), who runs Giving Evidence, on an extensive consultation with donors and charities on what they regard as key research priorities and is looking at existing research in universities to discover the gaps identified. This work has already established the paucity of research papers that tackle charity studies.