Dr Claire van Teunenbroek

Postdoctoral researcher, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Crowdfunding expert

Social Scientist

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Philanthropic Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I specialise in giving behaviour by households, combining insights from social psychology and behavioural economics. Connected to the Giving in the Netherlands project, I research new ways of giving, like philanthropic crowdfunding. In 2021, I won the ARNOVA outstanding dissertation award. I am also the project manager at European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP), which focuses on advancing philanthropic research in Europe. For a more elaborate description, click on ‘about’ on the top menu.

Philanthropy, fundraising, giving

I study how households give money to (1) charities or (2) private individuals. I focus on online giving, like donation- and reward-based crowdfunding. Earlier, I studied why donors follow the donation behavior of voters. Why do we donate the same amount as our friends and family? Can we stimulate donors to give more? What effect does that have on their mood?

I am currently focused on writing a review of the literature on crowdfunding. To support both practitioners in applying crowdfunding to collect funds. Also, to help our academic field to mature: by adding a theoretical framework which can be used to explain and predict giving via crowdfunding.


With eight years of experience, I feel safe to say that I am an expert in the field of crowdfunding, from an academic perspective. Applying survey research, experiments and conducting a large literature review, I’ve studied crowdfunding. I focus on philanthropic crowdfunding: donation- and reward-based crowdfunding.

Science for and with Society

I believe that science should support practice. I give regular presentations and workshops to share my sights. Furthermore, I work closely with several charities and organisations that support my research.

Award winner

I am the winner of the 2021 Gabriel Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research.

Contact me

P.S.C. van Teunenbroek

p.s.c.van.teunenenbroek @vu.nl
Faculty of Social Sciences
De Boelelaan 1111
Amsterdam, North-Holland 1081 HV
The Netherlands