The Tzedakah Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University is led by Professor Noah D. Drezner. The Lab’s mission is found in its name. Tzedakah (צדקה ze·DAH·kah) is a Hebrew word with its closest translation to philanthropy. The word comes from the same root as the word Tzedek (צדק righteousness, fairness, or justice). Our premise for the research and work of the Lab is that philanthropy can be motivated by and help pursue social justice.
Members of the Tzedakah Lab team continue to develop and refine theories of donor motivations and prosocial behavior development. Through this theoretically driven work, we strive to create practitioner-relevant scholarship that informs research and practice. Our multidisciplinary work, using sociological and social-psychology frameworks in particular, addresses the theoretical gap in the literature.
The Tzedakah Lab team is actively engaged the dissemination of other’s work to scholars and scholar-practitioners in order to create a vibrant scholarly and practitioner community. To do so, the Lab is home to several resources including the academic journal, Philanthropy & Education, the Association of Study of Higher Education’s (ASHE) group Scholars of Philanthropy in Higher Education (SoPHiE), the Palgrave book series Philanthropy and Education, a literature database for scholars and practitioners named PETRA (Philanthropy Education Translational Research Archive.
Research-practice partnerships are mutually beneficial collaborations that promote the production of evidence-informed practice. The Tzedakah Lab welcomes research-practice partnerships with institutions of higher education. These partnerships can take short- and long-term forms. Possible partnerships are through our Alumni Census Project and customized Institutional Workshops.