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ISTR's new research and networking forum is designed to provide an active and engaging space for our members to share new research being carried out on Covid-19 and the Third Sector. Use this space to share research ideas, identify research partners/collaborators, seek feedback and support on work-in-progress, and solicit and discuss research ideas and methods. Also use this space to publicize relevant reports, op-eds, papers, etc. you have published that might be of interest to your peers and provide links to collections of research being compiled by other organizations that represent third sector sub-fields (philanthropy, volunteerism, governance, legal studies, etc.) or global regions (Asia, LAC, Africa, Europe, etc.) to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas. We will cross post these on our static resources page: This forum is open to all, though you must be logged in to an ISTR account to post. To post, click on "Add new post" below.


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Inter-American Development Bank - Data Dashboard

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Inter-American Development Bank, Citizen participation group offers a data dashboard that shows the perceptions and concerns expressed online by the citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. This data enables better listening and understanding of various categories of information related to civic needs, related to dignity, trust, security and visibility. With this data, we seek to support citizens, governments and the private sector to take action with solutions at a local and regional level. Read more

Tags:  citizen participation  covid-19  Latin America 

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Special Edition: Philanthropy & COVID-19

Posted By Katherine MacDonald, Tuesday, May 5, 2020
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List of US-based social impact business research happening now

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 30, 2020

Here is a link to recent and ongoing research taking place now in response to the pandemic with a focus on social impact business in the United States.  While most of this has a business marketing purpose, it does provide some interesting insights, including some related to corporate volunteerism. This rwebsite also offers links to a webinar series where you can access stored recordings.


Tags:  corporate volunteering  United States. business social impact 

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NGOs on Coronavirus Mode: The Risks of ‘Business as Usual’

Posted By Daniel Diaz Vera, Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Hi all, even though we are sad for the cancelation of Montreal's conference, this is being an opportunity to reflect on how NGOs are coping with this pandemic in an organizational level of analysis. Here is a short note just published at E-International Relations on the risks for NGOs on adopting the approach that we can call "Business as usual".

Kind regards, 

Daniel A. Diaz, University of Manchester, 

Tags:  covid-19  NGO  nonprofit leadership 

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Civil Society and the Coronavirus: Dynamism Despite Disruption

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Civil Society and the Coronavirus: Dynamism Despite Disruption

by Saskia Brechenmacher, Thomas Carothers, Richard Youngs

This article draws on comparative insights and examples provided by members of Carnegie’s Civic Research Network. 

Click here for the link.


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Moving Through Loneliness During the Pandemic

Posted By Anthony Silard, Monday, April 20, 2020

My name is Anthony Silard and I just joined ISTR. I was really excited about this summer's conference, and will maintain that enthusiasm for July 2021. I hope to meet you there! 

After over 25 years as a nonprofit Executive Director and leadership coach and educator for senior nonprofit leaders, I now also teach at California State San Bernardino and Claremont McKenna College. My research focuses on how nonprofit leaders manage their emotions. Two discrete emotions I emphasize are loneliness and secondary trauma - I have published this year on how these emotions emerge in organizations in Human Relations, Nonprofit Management and Leadership and Leadership and also recently in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Please feel free to email me at if you are interested in collaborating on future research. 

Please also check out my new book, Screened In: The Art of Living Free in the Digital Age, which includes ten years of research on how technology is affecting us and our relationships. 100% of the proceeds from the book go to nonprofit education programs. Also, here's my new Psychology Today article on moving through loneliness during the pandemic. (Please send out to your students, it may be helpful for them as they try to get through this challenging time.) If you like this article and want more, you can receive the weekly articles I'm writing for free at The Art of Living Free Blog.



Tags:  emotions  nonprofit leadership  relationships  technology 

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Impact of COVID-19 on Nepali Civil Society Organizations

Posted By Dipendra K C, Friday, April 17, 2020

Thammasat University’s School of Global Studies and Nepal Institute for Policy Research have partnered to launch a survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on Civil Society Organizations (CSO) of Nepal. The survey aims to explore the effect of the virus on a broad range of organizations like NGOs, associations and foundations, and social enterprises. The study also examines the early measures taken by the CSOs in serving their constituencies.


We adapted the instrument developed by The University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Institute. We aim to launch the initial report by the end of the first week of May. We have used KoboToolbox to deploy the multilingual (English & Nepali) survey. Please feel free to reach out to Dipendra K C ( if you need a copy of the XLS survey.

Tags:  covid-19  Nepal  Survey 

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Philanthropy During COVID-19: The Urgency of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Lens

Posted By Katherine MacDonald, Sunday, April 12, 2020

On behalf of PhiLab,The Canadian Philanthropy Partnership Research Network, I would like to share a recently published article Adam Saifer, one of our research members on the urgency for philanthropy to adopt a DEI lens to face the current COVID-19 crisis.

"I urge foundations not to abandon their DEI lens. Instead, they must understand the ways in which the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 are DEI issues as well. Or, better yet, they should consider the ways in which race, gender, and sexual orientation (among other facets of identity/axes of oppression) shape how, and to what degree, the effects of COVID-19 are experienced differently across Canada. Contrary to what New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Madonna claim, COVID-19 is not “the great equalizer.” Rather, foundations need to be acutely aware of how COVID-19 reinforces and magnifies persistent structural inequities in our society. In doing so, foundations will be better poised to face this crisis head-on and—just as importantly—be better equipped to take on future crises."

Read the full article here: Philanthropy During COVID019: The Urgency of a Diversity, Equity, and Diversity (DEI) Lens

Tags:  DEI  Diversity  Equity  Inclusion 

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Volunteering in Solidarity #VISCovid19

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 9, 2020
CEV, The European Volunteer Centre, has compiled examples of how volunteers and volunteer organisations in Europe are responding and “Volunteering in Solidarity” to meet the needs of vulnerable people during this COVID-19 crisis. Follow #VISCovid19  for individual volunteer stories from these initiatives. Read the examples here.

Tags:  Europe  Volunteering 

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Philanthropy and the Coronavirus crisis : Making the shift towards a preventive model

Posted By Katherine MacDonald, Wednesday, April 8, 2020

On behalf of PhiLab,The Canadian Philanthropy Partnership Research Network, I would like to share a recently published article on four strategies being used by the third-sector in response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

"The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked an unprecedented state of emergency in Quebec, Canada, and the rest of the world. Reassuringly, we are also witnessing a wave of solidarity, mutual aid and generosity that rises to the challenges emerging alongside the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The strength and resilience of philanthropy, when faced with large scale international issues, has already been discussed this past Januaryduring the Australian bushfires[1].

 Manifestations of solidarity will continue to increase with the recent announcement of the UN’s “Global Humanitarian Response Plan” paired with a 2 billion dollar call for donations. The Secretary-General, António Guterres, who has already spoken out against the “million” deaths caused by lack of solidarity, has reinforced his claim, on March 25th of this year, by calling out the inevitable need for solidarity at the global level, as “countries’ individual responses will not be enough”. Within this global pandemic, what role does philanthropy play?"

The article is available in different formats and has been published on various platforms as listed below.

In French

Long version: Face au coronavirus, une mobilisation sans précédent des organisations de bienfaisance,

 Short versions:

In English:

Short version: 

 We hope these resources can help push other third-sector entities to reflect on the many opportunities. PhiLab is also working on an upcoming special edition on the current pandemic specifically and how the Canadian philanthropic sector is reacting. I will be forwarding the different resources and articles that come from it here. If you have any questions or would like to participate in this edition as guest writers, please do not hesitate to contact me at .

Tags:  Canada  Philanthropy 

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