The Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University has changed its name after receiving a £700,000 donation to expand its work.
The centre said in a statement that it planned to use the funds to "expand its work as the home of the new field of philanthropic psychology".
It said it would create more PhD places and explore ways to establish the centre’s first undergraduate programme with a view to it becoming the world’s first school of sustainable philanthropy by 2020.
The centre, which was set up in 2014, will continue to be led by Professor Adrian Sargeant, its director, and Professor Jen Shang, its director of research.
Sargeant told Third Sector that the centre wanted to create a cadre of researchers and academics from different disciplines – including psychology, history, sociology and organisational behaviour – who all study the development of philanthropy through different lenses.
"We aim to build a core of talented people who can deliver a range of new educational offerings that would, for example, equip undergraduates with the skills they need to make a real difference to the sustainability of non-profits they might choose to work for," he said. "And at the postgraduate level our goal would be to train the next generation of leaders who can take on the challenges associated with the development of the philanthropy of a nation."
He said the gift would also kick start a larger fundraising campaign to help achieve those ambitions.