Adrian Sargeant to leave philanthropy centre to set up his own organisation

The academic will leave the University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy next month; his wife, Jen Shang, will take over his old role

Adrian Sargeant
Adrian Sargeant

The fundraising academic Adrian Sargeant is to leave the Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy to set up his own organisation.

Sargeant, who will leave his role next month, has been executive director of the centre, which is based at Plymouth University in Devon, since it was founded in 2014.

The new company, The Philanthropy Centre, will have offices in Plymouth and Kansas City in the US, Sargeant told Third Sector, and will offer research and consultancy services to charities.

It will complement the work done by Rogare, the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy’s fundraising think tank, he said.

"My hope for the business is to have a wider impact as we come outside the university bureaucracy and just do what we do for the clients," he said.

"In essence, I’ve created a little trading company that will sell a range of services based on the research that we’ve been doing. My goal is that any surplus generated will go back into paying for academic research and to continue to extend that body of knowledge."

Sargeant previously served as a board member of the Institute of Fundraising from July 2013 to March 2015, and was a professor of fundraising at Indiana University in the US.

Ian MacQuillin, director of Rogare, said: "Adrian is genuinely a visionary who is campaigning tirelessly for more evidenced-based decisions in fundraising.

"I think we can expect to see even more of the high-quality research that has been his trademark for 25 years."

Jen Shang, director of research at Hartsook, who is married to Sargeant, will take over as executive director on his departure.

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