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AFP names Dr Claire Routley as Emerging Scholar of the Year

AFP names Dr Claire Routley as Emerging Scholar of the Year

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has selected Dr. Claire Routley, research fellow at the University of Plymouth and expert on legacy giving, to receive its 2017 Emerging Scholar Award.

The Award, established by the AFP Research Council in 2013, honours an early-career scholar or scholar-practitioner whose research it considers has and will continue to shape the discourse on philanthropy and fundraising.

Much of Routley’s scholarly work focuses on the giving of legacy and in memoriam gifts to nonprofits and other beneficiaries, such as charitable requests made through wills.

Judges rated nominated scholars on their record of scholarship; demonstrated evidence of a further promising career as an academic researcher or scholar-practitioner; demonstrated impact on the state of scholarship or advancement of knowledge; and evidence of impact on fundraising practice.

In addition to her work with Professors Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang at the University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, Routley is also a consultant for Legacy Fundraising, a tutor and examiner for both the Institute of Fundraising and its Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Fundraising programmes, and Anglia Ruskin University and its Fundraising Module. She is also a member of ’s international advisory panel.

Routley’s work on legacy giving and charitable bequests has been featured in publications including the Journal of Gift Planning, the International Journal of Educational Advancement, Journal of Social Business and the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. She has also co-authored chapters for the volumes Fundraising Principle and Practice, and .

Professor Russell James, chair of the AFP Emerging Scholar Award Committee, said:

“Dr. Claire Routley has rapidly established herself as a leader in theoretically significant and practically important research in fundraising. She brings an ideal perspective to this area of scholarship being both a skilled researcher and a practicing fundraiser. The impact of her research has already been strongly felt on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and beyond.”

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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