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Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy

*New* Dr. Beth Breeze Wins AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize for Volume on Study of Fundraisers


Each year, the AFP Research Council awards the Skystone Partners Prize for Research to the author of a book that contributes substantially to the knowledge and understanding of fundraising or philanthropic behavior.

The Prize for Research is made possible by an endowment from Skystone Partners to encourage advanced research that extends the knowledge of fundraising and philanthropy.

An invitation
Authors of published works on research in fundraising and philanthropy are invited to submit books or monographs for the Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy. Other individuals or organizations can nominate appropriate publications.

To be considered for the Prize, works must be:

  • A book or monograph of 50 or more pages.
  • Published by a commercial publishing house or a professional organization during the 23 months preceding the current deadline (November 1 of each year).
  • Based on either applied or basic research.
  • Reflect a standard publisher selection process without regard to the source and sponsorship of the research.

The jury will not consider unpublished theses or dissertations, self-published works, directories, op-ed pieces, editorials, or articles.

Prize winners receive a cash award of $3,000 and are honored at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Download: Skystone Partners Research Prize Submission Form - see Attachments

Judging Criteria
The following criteria are used by the Research Prize Jury in evaluating the submissions.

1.      Research-related content: 0 to 3 points (30%)

  • Qualifies as research by one of the following:
    • Contributing new insights, concepts, or practices based on rigorous investigation
    • Providing a more accessible or deeper understanding of existing findings
    • Applying known concepts in a different or under-developed domain
  • Is not merely the author(s)' opinions or an unsupported statement of well-known lore
  • Makes appropriate use of existing literature in the field

2.      Potential for significant impact on practice: 0 to 3 points (30%)

  • Is topically relevant and has widespread applicability for members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Adds value to the current body of knowledge by providing useful and practical information
  • Is engaging and thought provoking, either through original discovery or by synthesizing the work and experience of others

3.      Presentation: 0 to 3 points (30%)

  • Is written in an enjoyable, readable, and technically correct style
  • Clearly states and realizes its objectives
  • Follows a logical structure with logical arguments and content
  • Clearly and accurately references sources where appropriate

 4.      Bonus: 0 to 1 point (10%)

  • A discretionary bonus for reviewers related to overall quality or if the book makes a specialized contribution that is important, but does not fit into the previous categories.

Application Deadline
November 1, 2018

Previous Research Prize Winners

2017-2018
Beth Breeze, The New Fundraisers: Who Organises Charitable Giving in Contemporary Society?

2016-2017
Dr. Lilya Wagner, Ed.D., CFRE, Diversity and Philanthropy: Expanding the Circle of Giving

2015-2016
Marilyn Taylor, Robert Strom, and David Renz, Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Philanthropy: Perspectives

2014-2015
Penelope Cagney, CFRE and Bernard Ross, Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy

2013-2014
Noah Drezner, Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors

2012-2013
Brian Sagrestano and Robert Wahlers, The Philanthropic Planning Companion

2011-2012
Robert M. Penna, The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox: A Complete Guide to Program Effectiveness, Performance Measurement and Results

2010-2011
Michael Rosen, Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing

2009-2010
Rachel M. McCleary, Ph.D., Global Compassion: Private Voluntary Organizations and US Foreign Policy Since 1939

2008-2009
Paul Brest and Hal Harvey, Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy

2007-2008
Leslie R. Crutchfield & Heather McLeod Grant, Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits

2006-2007
Emily Barman, CONTESTING COMMUNITIES: The Transformation of Workplace Charity 

2005-2006
Marybeth Gasman & Katherine V. Sedgwick, Uplifting a People: African American Philanthropy and Education

2004-2005
Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan and Barbara E. Taylor, Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonrofit Boards

2003-2004
Lawrence J. Friedman and Mark D. McGarvie, Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in American History

2002-2003
Diana S. Newman, CFRE, Opening Doors: Pathways to Diverse Donors

2001-2002
Lilya Wagner, Careers in Fundraising

2000-2001
Marilyn Fischer, Ethical Decision Making in Fund Raising

1999-2000
Katelyn Quynn and Ron Jordan, Planned Giving: Management, Marketing and Law

Honorable Mention:
Brian O'Connell, Civil Society

1998-1999
Robert Fry, Jr., Nonprofit Investment Policies: Practical Steps for Growing Charitable Funds

Honorable Mention:
David C. Hammack, Making the Nonprofit Sector in the United States

1997-1998
Kathleen Kelly, Effective Fund-Raising Management

Honorable Mention:
Dean R. Hoge, Money Matters: Personal Giving in American Churches

1996-1997
Dwight Burlingame and Dennis Young, Corporate Philanthropy at the Crossroads

Honorable Mention:
Virginia Hodgkinson and Murray S. Weitzman, Nonprofit Almanac: Dimensions of the Independent Sector

Albert Anderson, Ethics for Fundraisers

1995-1996
Douglas White, The Art of Planned Giving: Understanding Donors and the Culture of Giving

Honorable Mention:
Mary J. Oates, The Catholic Philanthropic Tradition in America

Dennis R. Young and Richard Steinberg, Economics for Nonprofit Managers

1994-1995
Mike Martin, Virtuous Giving: Philanthropy, Voluntary Service and Caring

Honorable Mention:
Robert H. Bremner, Giving: Charity and Philanthropy in History

Wesley K. Willmer, Winning Strategies in Challenging Times for Advancing Small Colleges

1993-1994
Lucy Rose Fischer/Kay Banister Schaffer, Older Volunteers: A Guide to Research and Practice

Joseph Mixer, Principles of Professional Fund Raising

Honorable Mention:
Kirsten Gronbjerg, Understanding Nonprofit Funding: Managing Revenues in Social Services and Community Development Organizations

1992-1993
Roger Lohmann, The Commons: New Perspectives on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action

Honorable Mention:
Peter Dobkin Hall, Inventing the Nonprofit Sector

Kathleen McCarthy, Women's Culture: American Philanthropy and Art, 1830-1930

Diana Tittle, Rebuilding Cleveland

1991-1992
Henry Rosso, Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising

Honorable Mention:
Eleanor Brilliant, The United Way: Dilemmas of Organized Charity

Fisher Howe, The Board Member's Guide to Fund Raising

James P. Shannon, The Corporate Contributions Handbook

Corporate Philanthropy Report, The Directory of Japanese Giving

1990-1991
Bruce Hopkins, The Law of Fund Raising

Honorable Mention:
R. Mark Dillon, Advancing Advancement: A Study of Fund-Raising Effectiveness Among Protestant Seminaries in the US

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, The Politics of Knowledge

Nancy R. London, Japanese Corporate Philanthropy

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