Arizona State University Lodestar Center

The ASU Lodestar Center exists to advance nonprofit leadership practice so that organizations can better achieve their mission. Whether the mission is to advance arts and culture, affordable housing, youth development, environmental sustainability, neighborhood revitalization, or a host of other community goals, effective nonprofit organizations improve individual lives and enhance our entire community.




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. Its New York City location encourages interaction with the nation’s most active nonprofit sector, and promotes internship and placement opportunities with many advocacy organizations.




Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Based in the Carroll School of Management, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship was founded in 1985, inspired by an early recognition that community expectations of companies were changing. The Center combines the most valuable aspects of a professional community and the resources of a leading academic institution for our members. We integrate the perspectives and experience of some of the leading corporate citizenship professionals in the field today with management best practices, helping you align your corporate citizenship objectives and business goals. Center resources support positive outcomes for your functional area, your organization as a whole, and for Read more




Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy

The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy (CWP) is a multidisciplinary research center specializing in the study of spirituality, wealth, philanthropy, and other aspects of cultural life in an age of affluence. Founded in 1970, CWP is a recognized authority on the relation between economic wherewithal and philanthropy, the motivations for charitable involvement, and the underlying meaning and practice of care. The leading cultural and spiritual question of the current era is how to make wise decisions in an age of affluence. The increase of personal affluence and wealth has put before increasing numbers of people the opportunity to decide something Read more




Brandeis University – The Sillerman Center for Advancement of Philanthropy

The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, established in 2008 by a generous gift from Robert Sillerman ’69. The center builds upon the expertise of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The Center develops and diffuses knowledge by: Supporting Heller graduate students through fellowships, dissertation awards, and summer internships to ensure the field is preparing knowledgeable leaders, Teaching Practicing Philanthropy, a graduate course to educate students in the complexities of being a grantmaker, and Social Justice and Philanthropy, an undergraduate course. Sponsoring original research on social justice philanthropy and philanthropy that seeks to address Read more




Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has emerged as a unique and trusted authority for donors around the world who are seeking to maximize the social impact of their funds. In areas as diverse as closing the achievement gap in the U.S., effective disaster relief, and major global public health issues such as malaria and child mortality, the Center translates the best available information into actionable guidance for those looking to make the greatest difference in the lives of others. Our work includes independent analysis, educational programming, and custom engagements for individual donors, institutional funders, advisors and philanthropic intermediaries. Our story: Read more




Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy is a nonprofit and university-based center focused on improving the social impact of philanthropic activities. Our work includes writing, teaching and programming for individual donors, institutional funders and philanthropic intermediaries. Our story: Providing actionable and evidence-based guidance Established in the spring of 2006 by the dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and a small group of anonymous Wharton alumni, the Center provides independent analysis, education and other decision-making tools for donors concerned with maximizing the social impact of their funds. To meet our goal of providing smart, practical guidance to donors Read more




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 and 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. Our instructors are proven successful leaders with particular expertise who will Read more




Georgetown University Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership

Increasingly, the U.S. economy and the health of our global communities rely on a robust and highly-functioning nonprofit sector. The public sector, the private sector, and the nonprofit sector all recognize the growing need to collaborate in order to tackle this challenging work. At the Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership, we see our role as preparing leaders who can work for the public good across all sectors. We provide opportunities for Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students to engage in rigorous study, to undertake challenging research, and to experience the real-life application of skills that are required of cross-sector leaders. 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.




Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is a leading academic institution dedicated to increasing the understanding of philanthropy and improving its practice worldwide through research, teaching, training and civic engagement.




International Society for Third Sector Research

The Third Sector is increasingly recognized as playing a significant role in the development of almost every country of the world. Research is a major component of this growing understanding and ISTR is at the forefront of advancing this field of knowledge. Membership in ISTR is the best way for scholars, researchers, and practitioners to keep abreast of changes and participate in a dialogue with others with similar and complementary interests. ISTR is an indispensable professional asset. Your membership is vital to the continuing international growth of Third Sector Studies.




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




March 2017 issue | Philanthropy scholarship and practice – bridging the divide

Be sure to keep an eye out for the March issue of Alliance magazine as it looks at the ways in which we can bridge the gap between philanthropy scholarship and practice. As philanthropic studies gain speed and popularity in universities and academic programs around the world, we attempt to explain why studying philanthropy is important and how much priority should be given to informing policy and practice. Guest edited by Marta Rey-Garcia of Spain’s Coruna University, the issue answers some of the key questions that arise when philanthropy scholarship moves into practice and provides a detailed account of philanthropy’s growing Read more

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New York University National Center on Philanthropy and the Law

The NCPL was established at 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. The value of the NCPL extends far beyond the NYU community; the NCPL truly operates for the benefit of the international philanthropic community. Scholars, students, practitioners, and nonprofit organizations worldwide have benefited both directly and indirectly from the resources provided by the NCPL.




Nonprofit Academic Centers Council

The Nonprofit Academic Centers Council is a membership association comprised of academic centers or programs at accredited colleges and universities that are devoted to the study of the nonprofit/nongovernmental sector, philanthropy and voluntary action to advance education, research, and practice that increase the nonprofit sector’s ability to enhance civic engagement, democracy, and human welfare.




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




Rice University Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

Welcome to the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. We envision a vibrant philanthropic culture in Houston, where individuals of all ages and means are inspired to give and to serve, and where nonprofit leaders– both professional and volunteer — have access to the highest quality of educational resources to support their work. 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 School of Continuing Studies. We have surveyed over 2,700 local nonprofit employees, fundraisers and foundation staff members to Read more




Stanford Center for Social Innovation

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.




The American College – Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy Program

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. These are graduate-level courses, and, in the process, you can earn credit toward a Master of Science in Financial Services degree. The CAP® program is designed for self-study, leading to an objective exam in a local exam center.




University of California – Berkeley Center For Nonprofit And Public Leadership

The Center for Nonprofit and Public 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).




University of Minnesota Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC)

Our faculty’s research strengths, our access to additional researchers within the Humphrey School and the University, and our combined ability to convene high-level policymakers for planning and action make us a vital resource for the community. We are unique in the United States in our concentration on all three public service institutions—nonprofits, philanthropy, and the public sector—and our focus on furthering understanding of the effectiveness of cross-sector partnerships for solving complex public problems. Building on 20-years of experience, beginning with the Reflective Leadership Center, and the “Program on Philanthropy, Nonprofits, and Public Policy,” directed by our late colleague Bill Diaz, Read more




University of San Diego Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research

The Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research educates leaders and advances best practices in the nonprofit and philanthropic community through academic excellence, applied learning, and research that examines issues of strategic importance to the sector.




University of Southern California Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy

The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy promotes more effective philanthropy and strengthens the nonprofit sector through research that informs philanthropic decision-making and public policy to advance community problem solving.




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

Our mission at the Center is to build knowledge about nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism, and to prepare students and practitioners to make effective contributions to their communities. The RGK Center was founded in January 2000 with an initial $5 million grant from the RGK Foundation. The ‘RGK’ in our name refers to Mrs. Ronya and Dr. George Kozmetsky, founders of the RGK Foundation. Exciting things are happening all across the nonprofit sector today all around the world. Critical contributions to public problem solving are increasingly being made by nonprofit organizations in almost every field imaginable. We are constantly looking Read more




University of Washington Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy

The aim of the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy is to enhance the understanding and vitality of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector through research, education, and community engagement. We achieve this by providing research on nonprofits, philanthropy, and non-governmental organizations, community outreach and events connecting members of the academic, nonprofit, and philanthropic communities, and resources for easier access to information about nonprofits and philanthropy.




University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management

The mission of the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is to improve the leadership and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations through education, research and service. Our vision is to be recognized as one of the top ten nonprofit academic centers in the United States, enhancing the nonprofit sector and the quality of life for all.