Professor Kang has been a leader in philanthropic study in Korea. He has published more than 50 academic papers on philanthropy in Korean journals and international journals. In addition, he has been a leader in institutionalizing new philanthropic institutions in Korea. He was a designer for Community Chest of Korea and its Honor Society (Tocqueville Society) and donor advised fund program. Currently, he is working with the Korean government in order to adopt charity laws for institutionalizing new philanthropic institutions such as charitable annuities and charitable trust. He is a leading scholar and institution builder for Korean philanthropy.
Currently a director of Research Center on Social Welfare at Yonsei University, he is also a board member of Community Chest Korea and many other Korean foundations. He has been a principal designer of the National Giving & Volunteering Survey in Korea (called "Giving Korea").
While working as a professor for leading Korean private universities (Ewha Womans University and Yonsei University), he served as a board member for leading Korean philanthropic organizations such as KBS Welfare Foundation, Seoul Welfare Foundation, POSCO philanthropic committee, SBS philanthropic committee, Jungbu Foundation, Kyungwon Foundation, Root Impact Korea, and Community Chest of Korea. He was also a founding director of the Center for Philanthropy in the Beautiful Foundation which is the first community foundation in Korea. In addition, he served as an elected board member for Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (U. S. based national and international academic association) that connects scholars and practice leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society. Finally, he was a member of the Korean Social Security Committee where the Korean prime minister and other ministers serve as members.
He has studied the United Way system since his master degree studies at Ohio State University. Twenty six years ago, he had an internship at United Way, Columbus, Ohio which was an exemplary model for Korea. Since then, he has studied diverse aspects of the United Way system: fund raising, fund allocation, governance, and other areas. For his doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania, he investigated the compositional changes of governance in six types of philanthropic organizations including United Way from the 1930s to the 1990s. When he returned to Korea in 1995, he introduced the United Way system to Korean society and finally had an opportunity to design the Korean United Way system. Currently, he is also leading the Research Center under CCK. Finally, due to his academic performance as a researcher and social performance as an institution builder, he has served as an editor of academic journals in Korea and as an editorial board member for NVSQ (Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly) that is a leading academic journal on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, and philanthropy in USA and worldwide.