Our Team

Adrian Sargeant

Adrian Sargeant

Co-Founder and Co-Director

Adrian Sargeant is the Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy. He was formerly the first Hartsook Chair in Fundraising at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Adrian is a Visiting Professor of Fundraising at Avila University and the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. In 2010 in the United States he was named to the prestigious Nonprofit Times, Power and Influence list and in the same year received a Civil Society award in the UK for his services to the profession of fundraising. In 2016 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Institute of Fundraising. Adrian designed the UK’s system of professional education for fundraisers and is currently working on the European qualification framework for the European Fundraising Association.

Jen Shang

Jen Shang

Co-Founder and Co-Director

Professor Jen Shang is the world’s first PhD in Philanthropy. She is also the world’s only philanthropic psychologist. Her research has been covered in the New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Advancing Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Times. Jen has been published in numerous academic journals including, the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, the Economic Journal, Experimental Economics, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Her research has been funded by the Society of Judgment and Decision Making, the National Science Foundation, The Aspen Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Hewlett Foundation.

Kathryn Carpenter

Kathryn Carpenter

Senior Research Fellow

Kathryn Carpenter received her PhD in Psychology from The University of Exeter in 2017. Her thesis examined how humans can consciously or unconsciously learn new information using brain imaging and brain stimulation techniques. Kathryn now applies psychological theory and experimental design to research in the non-profit sector and uses techniques such as structural equation modelling and Process modelling to analyse data for academic and industry reports. Her current research at the Institute of Sustainable Philanthropy focuses on sustainably increasing donor psychological wellbeing and donation behaviour by exploring donor identity.

Harriet Day

Harriet Day

Research Fellow

Harriet Day is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy. She holds a law degree from the University of Exeter, is a graduate of the Institute of Fundraising’s Certificate in Fundraising qualification program, and also is a tutor for the Fundraising Standard. Harriet is passionate and committed to her work and has published several research reports in the domain of philanthropy and fundraising. She is particularly interested in how one can achieve ‘stillness’ and complete presence through giving, and the resulting psychological and physiological benefits. She is currently working towards a part-time PhD on this topic.  

Emma Bryant

Emma Bryant

Chief of Staff

Emma Bryant is Chief of Staff at the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy. She completed her degree in Public Relations, has a background in business and marketing, and is a graduate of the Institute of Fundraising's Certificate and Diploma qualifications. Emma has experience of teaching fundraising in multiple countries including the United States and is currently a tutor for the Institute of Fundraising's online Certificate and the new Fundraising Standard qualifications in the USA. Most recently Emma was co-developer of an educational website for fundraising related information, for both students and practitioners in the UK, and further afield.