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Center on Wealth and Philanthropy

formerly: social welfare research institute, swri

The Center on Wealth and Philanthopy (CWP) is closed.   



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.

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

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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.

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 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 sponsors:

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February 5, 2015

CWP to Wind Down

For nearly a half-century, BC's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy has examined not only the patterns and motives, but also the moral and ethical considerations that drive charitable giving among the rich. As its director, Professor of Sociology Paul Schervish, and associate director John Havens move toward retirement, their work is featured by the Boston Globe and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.  Hear Schervish discuss fundraising in 2014 and the forecast for 2015 on Nonprofit Radio.
(Originally published on BC's Agora Portal.)

January 20, 2015

Data Are 'Problematic' in Giving Report

Schervish and Havens respond, in a letter to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, to a number of issues with the Chronicle's October "How America Gives" study.

Also, see Havens' and Schervish's original November 18, 2014 critical commentary of the study below: 

"How America Gives": the Data Don't Add Up

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 (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


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