University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy

About us

Welcome to the University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy - whether you’re hoping to study fundraising with us here at Plymouth, looking to book some consulting time with our team, wanting to develop a new training programme for your staff, or seeking an expert speaker for your event, you’ve come to the right place. 

With a combined experience of over 60 years in this field, a first-hand knowledge of fundraising in many different countries and the ability to draw on the latest research, the team at the Centre are best placed to help and advise on all aspects of fundraising and giving.


The University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy has produced a wealth of reports.

The reports are available to help both individuals and organisations develop their fundraising practices and contain many useful case studies.

Learn more about reports produced by the Centre

Rogare – Latin for ‘to ask’ – is our fundraising think tank

Rogare will generate new practical ideas by pulling together the academic and practitioner branches of the fundraising profession.

Within the University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, Rogare acts as the hub for academic support on giving and fundraising

Learn more about the role of Rogare

Professor Jen Shang

Professor Jen Shang is a Philanthropic Psychologist and Director of Research at the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, Plymouth University.

Professor Jen Shang - personal profile

Ian MacQuillin

Ian MacQuillin has worked in the fundraising sector since 2001 and now manages Rogare, the fundraising think tank at the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy.
Ian MacQuillin - personal profile

Professor Stephen Pidgeon

For thirty years, Stephen Pidgeon has provided fundraising services to the UK’s charity sector, working with well over 200 of the nation’s top charities.
Professor Stephen Pidgeon - personal profile

Plymouth Charity Lab

The lab assists researchers to advance our scientific understanding of philanthropy.

We are looking for people to participate in our studies. We pay £4 per half hour.

Sign up now or find out more

The team

Meet the team of academics, researchers and support staff who make up the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy

Meet the team

Teaching and presenting

The team are often requested as tutors, speakers and presenters at key events around the world.

These include events for the Institute of Fundraising and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, as well as bespoke events for organisations.

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