University Based Organizations
Boston College, Center on Wealth and Philanthropy
The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy (formerly the Social Welfare Research Institute) is a multidisciplinary research center specializing in the study of spirituality, wealth, philanthropy, and other aspects of cultural life in an age of affluence. The website provides access to CWP research, press releases and articles, and events.
City University of New York, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
An integral part of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (CPCS) focuses on giving, volunteerism, and nonprofit entrepreneurship by individual donors, foundations, and corporations in the United States and around the world. Programs focus on corporate philanthropy, multicultural philanthropy, and voluntarism. The website provides access to CPCS publications including working papers, press releases, and Volunteer!!!, a guide designed to assist and encourage the building of stronger Latino, African American, and Asian American communities within the metropolitan area of New York.
Duke University, Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism,
Terry Sanford School of Public Policy
The Center was created to support scholarly research on issues related to philanthropy and voluntarism; stimulate the exchange of ideas and research findings among scholars and practitioners; and to encourage the development of university courses in the area of philanthropy. The website provides an overview of Center research and faculty and staff involved with Center projects. Users can also access a working papers archive.
Georgetown University, Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership
The Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership provides advanced education in public policy, public and nonprofit management, advocacy and philanthropy, with domestic and international applications. The Center focuses on four program areas: graduate education, executive and professional training, research, and community involvement. The website provides information on these program areas and links to upcoming lectures and events.
Grand Valley State University, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership
The Johnson Center's current work focuses on community research, nonprofit leadership and management, and philanthropic and nonprofit knowledge management. The website provides information on these three research areas and includes links to publications and The Grantmaking School, the first university-based program for teaching the techniques and ethics of grantmaking specifically to foundation grantmaking professionals.
Harvard University, The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations,
John F. Kennedy School of Government
The Hauser Center is a university-wide research center created to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about civil society 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. The website provides information on nonprofit programs and links to Center publications and the research archives.
Indiana University, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University increases the understanding of philanthropy and improves its practice through programs in research, teaching, public service, and public affairs. The website provides access to education and training programs, research, philanthropic links and information on the Fundraising School, the Lake Family Institute on Faith & Giving, and the Women's Philanthropy Institute.
Johns Hopkins University, Center for Civil Society Studies
The Center for Civil Society Studies seeks to improve understanding and the effective functioning of not-for-profit, philanthropic, or "civil society" organizations in the United States and throughout the world in order to enhance the contribution these organizations can make to democracy and the quality of human life. The Center conducts research on both national and international trends in philanthropy and nonprofits in addition to research on nonprofit capacity building. The website provides access to Center publications and seminars.
New York University School of Law, National Center on Philanthropy and the Law
The Center was established 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. This site provides access to NCPL curriculum, career resources, library resources, and events.
Stanford Graduate School of Business, Center for Social Innovation
CSI supports three integrated activities: research, teaching, and engagement. Research focuses on environments in which social innovation occurs; benefits and limits of adapting business approaches to social- and public-sector organizations; impact of increased interaction and competition across the sectors; and creation and measurement of social and environmental value. This website provides access to CSI publications and information on programs and faculty research projects.
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Center for Civil Society
The Center for Civil Society is the focal point for the School of Public Affairs' programs and activities in nonprofit leadership and management, grassroots advocacy, nongovernmental organizations, and philanthropy. This site provides access to Center research and course offerings as well as information on executive education programs, nonprofit clinics, and briefings.
The University of Texas at Austin, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service,Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Guided by a three-part mission of education, research and outreach, the Center supports civil society, volunteerism, and the nonprofit-philanthropic sector by expanding the academic base for the growing study of its practices and by advancing awareness of the sector within academic and professional communities. The site provides links to Center publications and programs.
Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research
The Caster Family Center is part of the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research at the University of San Diego. The mission of the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research is to provide research, evaluation, and consulting services that benchmark the sector and provide research, evaluation, and consulting services that build the capacity of nonprofits and philanthropies.
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at University of Pennsylvania
Tthe Center for High Impact Philanthropy is a nonprofit and university-based center focused on improving the social impact of philanthropic activities.
Non University-based Organizations
Aspen Institute, Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program
This program seeks to expand knowledge of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy through research and dialogue focused on public policy management and other important issues affecting the sector. The program currently has four major initiatives: the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, Nonprofit Sector Strategy Group, Seminar for Mid-America Foundation CEOs, and the State of America's Nonprofit Sector project.
Capital Research Center
CRC was established in 1984 to study nonprofit organizations, with a special focus on reviving the American traditions of charity, philanthropy, and voluntarism. Users can access CRC's Searchlight database, a comprehensive online resource on corporate giving to nonprofit organizations and access publications and news stories on the sector.
The Center for Effective Philanthropy
The Center for Effective Philanthropy is a nonprofit organization focused on the development of comparative data to enable higher performing foundations. Published research from the Center includes reports on foundation performance assessment, foundation governance, and foundation-grantee relationships. The Center has also created new data sets and assessment tools such as the Grantee Perception Report® (GPR), the Comparative Board Report (CBR), the Staff Perception Report (SBR), and the Operational Benchmarking Report (OBR). The website provides access to these tools and other research, publications and data.
Foundation Center (New York, NY)
Fosters public understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects. It has a wide range of information for grantmakers and an online library of training and resources.
Hudson Institute, Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal
The Hudson Institute provides a major forum for leading policymakers and others of national and international acclaim to discuss important issues. The website includes a comprehensive listing of more than 800 articles, op-eds, and book reviews.
National Center for Family Philanthropy
A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, established in September 1997 by a group of family philanthropists to encourage families and individuals to create and sustain their philanthropic missions. It focuses on matters of importance to families engaged in philanthropy and their effective giving. It offers a resource on family philanthropy called "Splendid Legacy" as well as an email newsletter.
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
NCRP promotes philanthropy that addresses the unmet needs of disadvantaged populations through action research, providing technical assistance to nonprofits, and engaging in policy advocacy. NCRP's reform activism targets foundations, corporate grantmakers, individual donors, and workplace giving programs. In addition to offering information about the committee's projects, publications, and advocacy program, the website links to the current issue of the NCRP newsletter, Responsive Philanthropy.
The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) (Boston, MA)
A not-for-profit organization offering philanthropic design and management services to corporations, foundations, individuals and families. In addition, TPI conducts a number of educational programs, publications, and research studies designed to help donors make their giving more effective. One publication of interest is "Philanthropy for the Wise Investor: A Primer for Families on Strategic Giving," a work-in-progress which comprises the editorial advice of fifteen families representing a wide range of philanthropic interests, resources and geographic focus that find their work to be effective and satisfying.
Small Foundations Association (Washington, DC)
Provides information and assistance related to quality philanthropy to those foundations having five or fewer persons and a portfolio that includes all aspects of foundation work: public relations, writing letters, cutting checks, mailing and processing grant applications, working with trustees and grantees, doing site visits and evaluations, managing assets, tax matters, etc.
Urban Institute, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
CNP conducts and disseminates research on the role and impact of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. In addition, CNP conducts research on and analyzes trends in the operations and finances of U.S. charitable organizations through data developed and maintained by its National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) and other sources. This site provides access to CNP reports and publications and a direct link to NCCS.