July 23, 2018

Chaplaincy Philanthropy


Who Funds Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Research, Education, Practice, and Teaching? Trends and Developments, 1990-2015

Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim, Brandeis University

Funded by Brandeis University

The role of philanthropic institutions in supporting and sustaining religious leadership remains understudied. This study tracks and analyzes philanthropic grants supporting chaplains and spiritual care givers based on a collection of financial and organizational data for U.S based private foundations, public organizations and faith based institutions. In this study we seek to learn of the changes in giving trends over time to recipient organizations operating in various ethnic and religious communities, different geographic regions, and to large and small recipient organizations operating in mixed settings. We expect to show how the profiles and models for funders and recipient organizations are changing as the religious field changes. Religious organizations are among the most significant actors in philanthropic giving which enables to situate this case study more broadly in these changing trends.


Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim