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Benefits of ISTR Membership

ISTR is a network of scholars, researchers, and  practitioners from more than 85 countries around the globe working on civil society, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.


PUBLICATIONS: Our interdisciplinary academic journal is Voluntas, the International Journal of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations. Articles introduce new topics and reviews for discussion, present theoretical and empirical work, and provide critical commentary on research and policy. A Book Reviews Section provides reviews of recent publications. All members receive Voluntas on-line and have the option of also selecting to receive a printed copy of the journal.


Springer publications - free access to the following publications:




Our quarterly newsletter, Inside ISTR, focuses on Third Sector developments, activities, research in progress and recent publications. Members can log-in to the Members Only section of the website and read the latest issue.


International Conferences

ISTR's biennial conferences present a unique opportunity for 
members to exchange ideas and research findings about Third Sector, learn about the latest developments from around the world and, most importantly, to meet their colleagues.

Our 13th International Conference will held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on July 10 - 13, 2018.




Alliance magazine is the definitive resource for all philanthropy and social investment professionals worldwide. It provides news and analysis of what's happening in this sector and is the only magazine of its kind with a global focus. ISTR members are eligible for a 20% discount on new print and digital subscriptions to Alliance magazine.


Springer Publishing offers ISTR members a 25% discount on all book titles in Springer's publication list! 
Throughout the world, Springer provides professional communities with superior specialist information, produced by authors and colleagues across various cultures in a nurtured collegiate atmosphere.


Kumarian Press offers ISTR members a 20% discount on all book titles in Kumarian's publication list! 
A leading publisher of international development, Kumarian's range of topics has expanded over the years to include issues of globalization, peace and conflict resolution, human rights, the environment, women and gender, NGOs and civil society, microfinance, health, and the interaction between the richer and poorer societies.

Voluntary Sector Review offers ISTR Members a print-only subscription to the journal for US$99, a 33% discount!
VSR publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, accessible papers on third sector research, policy and practice. It is an invaluable cutting-edge resource for all those researching or working in the fast-growing voluntary, community and wider third sectors. The journal is published in association with the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and a print copy of the journal is a membership benefit.


Earthscan Books offers ISTR members discounts on various book titles in their publication list.
One of the leading publishers on sustainable development and technology for academia, Earthscan publishes original, reliable and significant works that help to foster the conditions for genuine sustainability via the analysis of current issues and the tools for resolving them.


Special offer for ISTR members valid for orders received by May 15th 2017 on Great Philanthropists Wealth and Charity in the Modern World 1815–1945
Edited by Peter Mandler and David Cesarani

Great Philanthropists provides an over-arching view of the development, goals and achievements
of philanthropy around the world over the ‘long nineteenth century’, the period in which
organized philanthropy became a global movement. It examines how they make choices about
which causes to support, their strategies for doing good and the impact they have had.

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: Providing a meeting place for researchers in specific regions for the world to meet and discuss topics and issues relevant to their region, our regional networks include Asia/Pacific, the African Regional Network, the Latin American & Caribbean network, European Regional Network, and the Post Soviet Regional Network.


 On-line for members only, the directory provides member contact information, and includes research interests and activities, and recent publications.



Interest groups structured around geography, thematic lines, or disciplines which allow members to pursue their specific Third Sector areas of interest.


An electronic mail network for efficient and cost-effective communication between our members, enabling them to share news, views, and information.


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