NEW in NVSQ: Look to Others Before You Leap

People are influenced by the #donation behavior of others (i.e. social information), but why & when? The article written with Rene Bekkers and Bianca Beersma explores the effectiveness of social information as a charitable stimulant. While the societal and scientific focus on philanthropy has increased (Schuyt, 2012), the field misses a solid theoretical framework as... Continue Reading →

Crowdfunding research: how does that work?

Written by Connie van Uffelen news editor at the Delta Journalistic platform TU Delft.  Is crowdfunding an option to finance your research? PhD student Claire van Teunenbroek from the Centre for Philanthropic Studies at the VU is exploring that topic. Lees in het Nederlands As a researcher, you are increasingly dependent on research funding from third... Continue Reading →

Upcoming COURSE: Reaching the Crowd: Video-making and Online Engagement for Research Promotion, Transparency and Impact

The value of research lies not just in developing knowledge, but also in communicating the findings: so reach out to the crowd and connect!  With that being said, let me introduce you to the following awesome course I'll give in collaboration with Scientist Wanted provided by the VU Graduate Winter School: Video-making and Online Engagement for Research... Continue Reading →

Summer break!

Have a nice summer vacation. Remember you must enjoy them as much as you can, they will not last forever. Visit all the places you have always wanted to know, go and enjoy great moments each day to the fullest. Happy summer vacation! I'll upload a new blog series in September: 'All you need to know... Continue Reading →

Crowdfunding to fetch our T-rex: A lot of coins for a lot of old bones

As of May 2018 I’m an official blogger for several sites. I wrote this blog a short while ago, it is featured by ISTR.

ISTR 2020 Conference Blog

Guest post by Claire van Teunenbroek, 3rd year PhD student at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at VU University. You can read more about Claire’s research on her blog here.

Trix the T.rex: a successful Dutch crowdfunding project

A long time ago far away from Amsterdam, ‘Trix’ the Tyrannosaurus (T-rex) roamed the earth. She stood twelve meters tall, weighed five thousand kilos and had more than 50 sharp teeth of about 20 centimetres long. These days, the T-rex skeleton (lovingly dubbed “Trix,” which is a common Dutch pet name and the nickname for our previous queen) travels through Europe thanks to more than 23,000 Dutch donors. After the tour, the T-rex will be on permanent display at the Naturalis, a Dutch museum of Biodiversity.

The bones of this beautiful female T-Rex, who lived about 66 to 67 million years ago, were found in Montana, USA during an…

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