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APPIN: Asian Pacific Philanthropy Information Network

The Asia Pacific Philanthropy Information Network seeks to make available contemporary information about philanthropy and the Third Sector within the Asia Pacific region and build strong networks between researchers seeking to understand philanthropy and the Third Sector within the region. APPIN consists of research centers in several Asia Pacific countries which have mapped the scope of philanthropy and the Third Sector in their respective countries. APPIN is a product of the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium (APPC).

The Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, India

The Center for Advancement of Philanthropy provides advice and assistance to a wide range of philanthropic institutions in areas of charity law, taxation, resource mobilization, human resource development, and effective management. The Centre publishes resource material and organizes programmes on good governance, resource mobilization, effective communications, finance and law. Additionally, the Centre undertakes research and critical appraisal of public policies affecting philanthropy.


CIVICUS is an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. As a global alliance of citizens and their organizations, CIVICUS helps advance regional, national and international initiatives to strengthen the capacity of civil society.

CCIJ: The Consumer Cooperative Institute of Japan

CCIJ was approved in 1989 and has since worked to fulfill its mission to as a think tank that promotes research and education dealing with the perspectives of problems individuals and cooperatives address. CCIJ contributes to understanding of citizen’s living and the development of co-operatives through its research on joint actions among co-op leaders, members, employees and researchers. The CCIJ maintains activities in research education, surveys, publications, documentation and networking.


China Foundation Center

The China Foundation Center is a legally registered public charity described in the regulation of Ministry of Civil Affairs in China. It is the world's leading source of China foundation information for shareholders in social sector. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in media, corporate responsibility, research institute, foundations, government, and donors, powered by the world's most comprehensive Chinese foundation database. We believe that the transparency of foundations can increase donation flow and effective social-problems solutions, which is how we impact China society.


To bring transparency to philanthropic markets through access to the highest quality data, news, and analytics to enhance bigger social impact of philanthropy.

Council on Foundations

Established in 1949, the Council on Foundations is an Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit membership association of some 2,000 foundations and corporate giving programs. The Council is a voice of philanthropy at the national level and a valued partner globally. The Council provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

The Foundation Center  

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to readily accessible tools and information. The Center maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy. The Center's web site, five regional library/learning centers, and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions provide access to this knowledge in every U.S. state and beyond.

Independent Sector

Independent Sector is the leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. Our nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations leads, strengthens, and mobilizes the charitable community. Since our founding in 1980, we have sponsored ground-breaking research, fought for public policies that support a dynamic, independent sector, and created unparalleled resources so staff, boards, and volunteers can improve their organizations and better serve their communities.

La Sociedad Civil

This site is developed and maintained as part of the ISTR Latin America and the Caribbean Third Sector Research Network and will focus on the nine countries of the Southern Cone and Andean Region.

The Nonprofit News & Comment

The Nonprofit News & Comment is written and compiled by Peter Dobkin Hall, a Senior Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. The blog surveys major newspapers and periodicals in order to provide information on important stories to readers, and then links these media accounts to scholarly sources. Readers are given access to both emerging issues, and in-depth research on trends in the nonprofit sector.

Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation

Through leadership development initiatives, convenings, and communications, the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation seeks to inform and maximize the impact of social actors, so that each can contribute to the good society, at home and abroad. The program recognizes that social actors must clarify their objectives, form collaborative problem-solving partnerships and strategies in order to succeed in advancing the good society.

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at Baruch College

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at Baruch College launched the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management (CNSM) to address the needs of nonprofits that are often under-resourced, lack access to management assistance,  budgeting expertise and sound research on best practices. CNSM is a collection of outstanding professors and practitioners devoted to the nonprofit sector: its study, its practice, and its collective mission. Today, SPA and the CNSM offer a wide range of academic and non-credit programs and services oriented towards different needs and level of experience among practitioners in nonprofit organizations.

Social Ventures Partners International

The mission of Social Venture Partners International (SVPI) is to support, enable and catalyze the Social Venture Partners movement by building a network of knowledge, sharing, and best practices and by maintaining the integrity of the SVP model and brand. The SVP model is unique in contemporary philanthropy in that it combines investment and education in order to create sustainable nonprofit organizations and lifelong, informed philanthropists. Today there are 2,000 SVP partners working with nonprofit organizations in the United States, Canada and Japan. SVPI provides ongoing opportunities for its partners to connect, learn and build community with philanthropists from around the world.

Student Corner

The Student Corner site focuses on assembling and sharing knowledge and information with students about research on civil society and the third sector in Europe. The Student Corner directs student to five main areas of information: publications, places, PhD resources, programmes, and people. The European Commission finances the Student Corner through a grant to the European Commission-sponsored CINEFOGO - Network of Excellence .

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