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Nonprofit Sector Projects

THE JOHNS HOPKINS CENTER FOR CIVIL SOCIETY STUDIES. Led by Dr. Lester Salamon, the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies at the Institute for Health and Social Policy 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. Primary areas of research include social investing and leveraged philanthropy, the global nonprofit sector and volunteering, the U.S. nonprofit sector, and new and emerging tools of public action. In addition to these projects, Center Director Lester Salamon collaborates with the Aspen Institute and colleagues throughout the country in producing a regular State of Nonprofit America series of books, and with the Foundation Center to produce regular editions of America’s Nonprofit Sector: A Primer.

THE 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 its mission.

The Society's mission is to promote the development of high quality research and education internationally on Third Sector related issues, theories, and policies; and to enhance the dissemination and application of knowledge about the Third Sector as widely as possible throughout the world. ISTR strives to broaden the participation of researchers in all parts of the world and in all disciplines, with special emphasis given to expand the number of Third Sector researchers in developing nations and Central and Eastern Europe. The Society is expanding and stimulating the development of research on critical issues in the voluntary sector. ISTR is also playing an increasingly dynamic role in the field of nonprofits by pioneering an effort to establish regional research networks.


Click the link under Additional Pages above to learn more about the Institute’s ongoing research and programs relating to the nonprofit sector.