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Center on Wealth and Philanthropy

formerly: social welfare research institute, swri

Welcome to the homepage of the Center on Wealth and Philanthopy (CWP) at Boston College.  Inquiries to CWP may be made by phone (617)552-4070 or by email (cwp508@bc.edu).

Effective 1/1/13: 

We are located at  142 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA  02467   (across from BC's Shea Baseball Field).

 

About CWP
Read about the institute, meet our staff, contact us directly with your requests or comments.

Message from the Director
CWP Director, Paul G. Schervish welcomes you to our website.

Did You Know?

Read up-to-date research snippets  regarding contemporary issues on wealth and philanthropy.

Newsletter
Sign up for CWP's e-mail newsletter, "Wealth and the Commonwealth," and stay informed about the latest news, research, and trends in the areas of wealth and philanthropy.

Publications
Download research reports and articles and order papers and books.

CWP In The News
Keep up to date with our philanthropy research through press releases and see where our research has been cited in the local, national and international media outlets as well as in blogger websites.

Research
Learn more about our research projects on wealth and philanthropy, our diary study, wealth transfer, high-tech philanthropy.

Social Welfare Research Institute becomes Center on Wealth and Philanthropy
Read the rationale behind the name change and link to eScholarship@bc.edu for reports published by SWRI researchers in the 1970's and 80's.

Other Resources
Investigate some of the resources we rely on in our research.

 

 

CWP is grateful for the support from our generous sponsor:

IN THE NEWS

July 15, 2014

Wealth and the Commonwealth Newsletter Volume 32

Clarification of Women and Wealth Statistic

CWP comments to clarify the fraction of wealth of married decedents transferred through estates.

May 28, 2014

Updated U.S. Wealth Transfer Report Released

An estimated $59 trillion will be transferred from 93.6 million American estates from 2007 - 2061 in the greatest wealth transfer in U.S. history. Read today's press release and the full technical report here:

Press Release

A Golden Age of Philanthropy Still Beckons:  National Wealth Transfer and Potential for Philanthropy

May 22, 2013

Schervish receives 2013 ASA Distinguished Career Award

Paul G. Schervish will be honored with the 2013 Distinguished Career Award presented by the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association at its annual meeting in New York City in August, 2013.

Read the complete press release here

March 5, 2013

Paul Schervish and John Havens at The Boston Foundation's (TBF) Understanding Boston Forum to discuss the newly released report from TBF, The Transfer of Wealth in Greater Boston: The Toll of the Recession and Prospects for the Future and its corresponding technical report produced by John J. Havens and Paul G. Schervish, Wealth Transfer and Potential for Philanthropy in the Boston Metropolitan Area.

Click here to download the TBF Report

Click here to download the CWP Technical Report

Click here to read an overview as contained in the press release

January 16, 2013

Paul Schervish on WGBH News Boston Public Radio discussing how the budget deal impact rates of giving.

Listen to the interview here

November 7, 2011

Paul Schervish and John Havens presented at a North Dakota conference regarding the state's $308 billion wealth transfer.

Read the story here

March 17, 2011

Paul Schervish on NECN discussing the level of US donations so far to Japan's tsunami victims.

Click here to see video of interview

March 11, 2011

Read a transcript of an interview with Paul Schervish on the hutchinsreport.com (blog talk radio) which aired 12:30pm on 3/11/11 discuss his research and views on giving by the wealthy.

Click here to listen to interview
Click here to read transcript interview