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, civil society, and business can collaborate to address social and environmental challenges.
Social investing and leveraged philanthropy
The Center’s New Frontiers of Philanthropy Project examines the many new actors and tools that are surfacing in social investing and global philanthropy, with the aim of bringing greater coherence and visibility to this emerging third generation of social-purpose finance. The project is pursuing this objective through production of a major book that will provide the first authoritative and comprehensive overview of this field and a field-broadening initiative that will bring resulting insights to a larger audience through educational materials, presentations, and training sessions.
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