The trust is one of four co-funders of the centre, whose establishment was announced by the Office of the Third Sector in October (Third Sector, 4 October 2006). The new organisation is due to open in the summer.
Diana Leat, director of the trust's creative philanthropy programme, said: "The centre will have a limited budget, so obviously it will not be able to do everything. We would like to know where people see the gaps in current research and what research would be most useful to them.
"For example, arguably we should not just be putting research into how and where people are donating money, but also into how that money can be distributed effectively."
Consultation events have already been held in London and Edinburgh. Further workshops will take place in Cardiff on 25 January and Belfast on 29 January.
The Carnegie UK Trust is also involved in a collaboration of grant-makers that will begin work this month to identify successful social change projects funded by philanthropy.
The Woburn Place Collaborative, which includes the Northern Rock Foundation, the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Big Lottery Fund, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the City Bridge Trust, will use case studies to illustrate how philanthropy can effectively promote social change.
Leat said: "If people have ideas for case studies that they think would be relevant, we would be interested to hear from them."