Organizational Profile

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 Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation supports the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society.

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