Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation

Through research, education, and outreach activities, the ASU Lodestar Center enhances the effectiveness of those who govern, manage, provide programs and services, volunteer for, and support nonprofit organizations. We serve Individuals who currently, or aspire to, lead and support nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations and their supporting networks.

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action

The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is the U.S.-based, national and international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society. Founded in 1971 as the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, ARNOVA is a neutral, open forum committed to strengthening the research about and helping shape better practice in these realms. We bring together both theoretical and applied interests, helping scholars gain insight into the day-to-day concerns of third-sector organizations, while providing nonprofit professionals with connections to research they can use to improve the Read more

Baruch College Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management

The Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management (CNSM) is a globally-recognized leader in analyzing the evolving role of nonprofit organizations within the context of society, politics, and the economy. Through community engagement, teaching, and research, it examines how government, business, and philanthropic organizations are structuring their governance to help solve today’s most pressing policy issues.

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Since 1985, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has been helping organizations align corporate citizenship objectives and business goals to create a more sustainable and prosperous future for all. Based under the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is a membership-supported organization dedicated to advancing the field of corporate citizenship. We combine the most valuable aspects of a professional network and the resources of a leading academic institution for more than 430 member companies. We provide research, executive education, expert insights and tools, and networking opportunities to support your development as Read more

Brandeis University – The Sillerman Center for Advancement of Philanthropy

The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy was established in 2008 by a generous gift from Laura and Robert Sillerman. The Center draws upon the deep and diverse expertise of faculty and researchers at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The Sillerman Center: Publishes and disseminates useable knowledge publications that provide guidance for grantmakers who want to make high-impact investments in a variety of sectors Designs and delivers engaging seminars, webinars and other programming to inform social justice grantmaking and grantmaking strategies Supports Heller graduate students through fellowships and dissertation awards to ensure the field Read more

Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) is the only university-based center with a singular focus on philanthropy for social impact. Founded as a collaboration between the School of Social Policy & Practice and the Wharton School, it is a trusted source of knowledge and education to help donors around the world do more good. Our multi-disciplinary team’s work is characterized by a focus on social impact, an approach that leverages the best available information, and a commitment to making our guidance available and actionable for a wide-range of impact-focused funders.

Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University

At the Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, we envision a vibrant philanthropic sector in which nonprofit organizations achieve their missions and people are inspired to give and serve. Our mission is to increase the effectiveness and impact of the nonprofit sector by providing education and nurturing leadership among professionals and those who support the work of nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, the center has served more than 950 nonprofit organizations. Through the generosity of Rice alumni C.M. “Hank” and Demaris Hudspeth, we are able to expand upon the 20-year history of nonprofit and fundraising course offerings at the Glasscock Read more

Center for Social Innovation at Stanford Graduate School of Business

Our mission is to bring social and environmental change in the world. Through research, education, and experiential learning we strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. We envisioned a networked community of leaders actively working across sectors, frontiers, and disciplines to build a more just, sustainable, and prosperous world. Today, the Center for Social Innovation focuses its efforts at home supporting Stanford faculty in their pursuit of knowledge to educate insightful leaders for social and environmental change.

Center for Social Sector Leadership University of California Berkeley

The Center for Social Sector Leadership inspires the next generation of leaders to create and seize opportunities to achieve social impact across sectors. We are ranked #4 in Best Business Schools Specialty Rankings for Nonprofit (US News & World Report 2013).

Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy at The American College of Financial Services

The Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®(CAP®) provides you with the knowledge and tools you need to help clients articulate and advance their highest aspirations for self, family, and society. CAP® holders become members of a growing network of top planners who are working to make our towns and cities better places to live for generations to come. Courses provide an insight into the process of philanthropic planning, including, but not limited to, tax, tools and techniques.

Cleveland University Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice

The Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice (CNP&P) arose from the College’s involvement with community and neighborhood organizations in Cleveland dating back to the 1970s. The CNP&P was founded to support and foster the health of the nonprofit sector in our region through: training and technical assistance that support the role of nonprofits in civil society; scholarly and applied research; and undergraduate and graduate education in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations.

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Established in 1992, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is an academic center within the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University. Like many academic centers, we offer original research and expertise on the latest theories in our field. Yet when we talk about “doing good,” we mean more than theory. The Johnson Center puts research to work, with and for professionals across the country. Through professional development services, courses and trainings, philanthropic tools, and more, we support: Effective Philanthropy: Helping donors and foundations adopt best practices in their careers and organizations Strong Nonprofits: Helping nonprofit organizations strengthen their teams, Read more

Duke University Center for Strategic Philanthropy & Civil Society

The Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (CSPCS) researches, analyzes, and promotes philanthropy that consistently produces high impact. CSPCS stimulates communication, collaboration, and problem-solving around pressing issues of public policy and philanthropy. The Center was formally created in 2008 at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy (now the Sanford School of Public Policy), Duke University. Joel Fleishman, Professor of Law and Public Policy and the motivating force behind the Center’s establishment, is the Center’s Director. Tony Proscio, a consultant to foundations and large nonprofit organizations, is the Center’s Associate Director for Research. Generous funding from the David and Read more

Fairleigh Dickinson University – The Center for Excellence: Leadership, Governance, and Philanthropy

The Center For Excellence: Leadership, Governance & Philanthropy at Fairleigh Dickinson University was envisioned and established to be the leading education support and training center dedicated to ensuring effective leadership in the nonprofit community. The Center is designed as a resource for emerging or ascending leaders in executive management, board leadership, and executive philanthropy. Our programs are targeted to those who aspire to be future nonprofit leaders as well as those individuals who want to increase their skill sets and individuals seeking to increase their organization’s performance and results.

George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising

As the nation’s preeminent educator of fundraisers and grantmakers, the NYU School of Professional Studies George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising offers a host of career advancement courses to meet the nonprofit sector’s demand for highly trained, creative professionals. Our online and onsite courses help current and aspiring philanthropists and fundraisers to heighten their impact and to maximize efficiency through a diverse curriculum that provides practical, applicable knowledge and offers outstanding networking opportunities.  

Georgetown University Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership

The Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy is a leading education, research and training center dedicated to the development of public, nonprofit and philanthropic leadership. Our programs for students, practitioners and policymakers increase their capacity to work across organizations, communities and sectors to address public needs, tackle public problems and, above all, promote the public good. The Center’s work is enhanced by our opportunities for practitioners and scholars to serve as our Waldemar A. Nielsen Chair in Philanthropy, Veterans Nonprofit Leadership Initiative Fellows and Visiting Practitioners. Graduate students develop their skills by Read more

Harvard University Hauser Institute

The Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University is a university-wide center for the study of civil society and nonprofit organizations. The Hauser Institute seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about civil society, its leaders and institutions among scholars, practitioners, policy makers and the general public by encouraging scholarship, developing curriculum, fostering mutual learning between academics and practitioners, and shaping policies that enhance the sector and its role in society.

Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Through pioneering educational programs, applied research, and active engagement with nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes, the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management (HBI) develops nonprofit leaders who change lives. HBI’s programs offer a healthy balance of theory and practice, providing the knowledge and skills needed for effective nonprofit management, leadership, and instilling in participants a critical focus on ethics, responsibility and standards of excellence in the nonprofit field. Established in 2001 as the first nonprofit academic center in Wisconsin, HBI’s mission is to improve the leadership and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations through education, research and service.

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is globally recognized as the first of its kind. School faculty and staff train and empower students and practitioners to innovate and lead—and to create positive and lasting change in the world.

International Society for Third Sector Research

Founded in 1992, the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is a major international association promoting research and education in the fields of civil society, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. ISTR is an organization committed to building a global community of scholars and interested others dedicated to the creation, discussion, and advancement of knowledge pertaining to the Third Sector and its impact on human and planetary well-being and development internationally. As an organization, ISTR is recognized and respected for its global vision, its commitment to excellence, its collaborative approach, and the values of diversity and pluralism with which it pursues Read more

Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Studies

The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies is a leading source of ground-breaking research and knowledge about the nonprofit sector, social investing, and the tools of government. Working in collaboration with governments, international organizations, investment innovators, and colleagues around the world, the Center encourages the use of this knowledge to strengthen and mobilize the capabilities and resources of the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors to address the complex problems that face the world today. The Center conducts research and educational programs that seek to improve current understanding, analyze emerging trends, and promote promising innovations in the ways that government, Read more

Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at University of Washington

The Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (NBEC) was established in 2004 and is named for Nancy Bell Evans, who has served as a leader in the public and nonprofit sectors for more than 30 years. NBEC is housed at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, one of the top five public affairs graduate programs in the country. NBEC works to enhance the understanding and vitality of nonprofits and philanthropy through: Research: We conduct and support theoretical and applied research of local, regional and national importance to nonprofit and Read more

National Center on Philanthropy and the Law at NYU School of Law

The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law (NCPL) was established in 1988 at New York University School of Law (NYU School of Law) to explore a broad range of legal issues affecting the nation’s nonprofit sector and to provide an integrated examination of the legal doctrines related to the activities of charitable organizations.

Nonprofit Academic Centers Council

NACC is an international membership association comprised of academic centers or programs at accredited colleges and universities that focus on the study of nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations, voluntary action, and/or philanthropy. Established in 1991, NACC is the first group entirely dedicated to the promotion and networking of centers that provide research and education in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit Technology Network

The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) aspires to a world where all nonprofit organizations use technology skillfully and confidently to meet community needs and fulfill their missions. We are the membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals. Our members share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively. We believe that technology allows nonprofits to work with greater social impact. We enable our members to strategically use technology to make the world a better, just, and equitable place. NTEN facilitates the exchange of knowledge and information within our community. We connect our members to each other, provide professional development Read more

Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at University of Minnesota

The Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC) cultivates adaptive, transformative leaders. Our work prepares people to lead and manage in a diverse world, facilitating application across organizational, geographic, and society boundaries. As a community of faculty, staff, students and practitioners that creates and nurtures excellence in public affairs management and leadership through research, teaching, professional development, and outreach, we are a vital resource in the community. The center conducts rigorous and relevant research that builds public and nonprofit capacity. We provide resources, connections, and community for public affairs leaders and managers. We create learning materials that build individual capacity. Our efforts Read more

RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at University of Texas at Austin

The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service prepares the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders through graduate education and research. Our research addresses pressing issues in philanthropy, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, and global civil society. We train students through our university-wide graduate program in nonprofit studies and we engage the world of practice through executive education programs tailored to the needs of seasoned professionals in the field. As you explore the RGK Center, you will see that our collective work, ranging from our graduate courses offerings to our international exchange programs to our new books and publications, is Read more

The Nonprofit Institute at University of San Diego

Founded in 2002, The Nonprofit Institute (NPI) provides education, training and research to strengthen organizations that help meet community needs. Together, we can lead the way to protect our quality of life and continue to promote thriving communities by educating and engaging leaders, creating smart connections, engaging philanthropy and providing diverse perspectives and innovative solutions to our region for all future generations.

The USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy

Since its inception in 2000, The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy has emphasized research and analysis as a means to deepening the understanding of complex issues in philanthropy and to ensuring important topics are addressed by the field. By conducting groundbreaking studies and widely sharing the findings, the Center provides in-depth knowledge of philanthropy’s changing landscape as well as strategies for action. This empowers philanthropic decision-makers, policymakers, and civic leaders with the information and insights needed to create meaningful change, both independently and collectively.