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Schervish Named to NPT Top 50

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CWP Researcher Schervish named to 2004 Nonprofit Times "Power and Influence Top 50" (Download Report)

Boston College Professor of Sociology, Paul G. Schervish, and director of the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, of Pilgrim Road in Belmont, has been named to the NonProfit Times’ 2004 "Power and Influence Top 50," a list which acknowledges movers and shakers in the non-profit world.

He joins such notable figures as Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and United Way of America President and CEO Brian Gallagher.

This marks Schervish’s third consecutive appearance on the list. The Nonprofit Times notes that:

"There is nobody better at studying the forms, trends, and motives surrounding the meaning and practice of care and giving in this age of affluence. Remember, it's not about you. It's about the donor."

Schervish is also currently featured on the Boston College Research website.

Over the last twenty years, under his and Havens' direction, CWP has become the recognized authority on individual charitable giving, philanthropy by the wealthy, and wealth transfer. Schervish directed the groundbreaking "Study on Wealth and Philanthropy," a series of interviews with the wealthy about living and giving. In 2001, Schervish and Havens, along with Mary A. O'Herlihy, SWRI Research Associate, produced the "2001 High-Tech Donors Study," based on in-depth interviews with high-tech millionaires on their attitudes towards philanthropy. In 2000, Schervish and Havens completed "Wealth with Responsibility/ 2000," a study of 112 wealth holders with net worth in excess of $5 million regarding their charitable giving and volunteering, attitudes about social issues, socially responsible investing, trust and estate planning, and the transfer of values to heirs. Schervish received a bachelor's degree in literature from the University of Detroit, a Masters in sociology from Northwestern University, a Masters of Divinity Degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Schervish and Havens regularly consult and conduct presentations for wealth holders, financial advisors and financial institutions, foundations and other nonprofits on the findings and implications of statistical and interview research.

The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy (CWP) at Boston College is a multidisciplinary research center specializing in the study of spirituality, wealth, philanthropy, and other aspects of culture in the present age of economic prosperity. Founded in 1970, CWP is a recognized authority on the relationship between economic means and philanthropy and the motivations for charitable involvement. The Center’s research has been featured in the national and international print and electronic media.

Over the past twenty years CWP has received generous support from the T.B. Murphy Foundation Charitable Trust, which funded CWP's "Study on Wealth and Philanthropy"; from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy; the W. K. Kellogg Foundation; and the Lilly Endowment, Inc.