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30 SEPTEMBER   Research on Volunteering Affinity Group Meeting

7 OCTOBER  Asia Pacific Regional Network  Meeting

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1 OCTOBER   Filantropia e pandemia:a produção de conhecimento 6 meses depois

8 OCTOBER   The State of Third Sector Theory: A Conversation with Lester M. Salamon

13 OCTOBER   The 10 Largest Funders of Criminal Justice Reform Research in the U.S.

21 OCTOBER    Exploring African Third Sector Organisations Readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution                                                          
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16 OCTOBER    General Perspectives on Teaching the Third Sector Online

20 OCTOBER    Between Power and Irrelevance: The Future of Transnational NGOs
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MEETING: Wednesday, 30
September 2020

Research on Volunteering Affinity Group Meeting

17:00-18:30 Kimberly, South Africa.  Check your time zone.
This meeting is open to the public. Click here to register.

Moderated by Jacob Mati, Sol Plaatje University, South Africa

This Webinar is open to members of the affinity group and those interested in joining the conversation about research on volunteering. Join us for an informal gathering to learn about new research taking place, opportunities for collaboration, and discuss ideas for future research. Help set the agenda for this meeting by sharing your ideas during the registration process.



WEBINAR: Thursday, 1 October 2020, Co-hosted with  GIFE 

Filantropia e pandemia: a produção de conhecimento 6 meses depois
(presented in Portuguese, open to the public)

This event is open to the public. Click hereto register.

14:30 às 16:30 (São Paulo) Check your time zone.

Moderator: Mário Aquino Alves  (ISTR)


  • Henrique Silveira, Casa Fluminense
  • Camila Escudero, (Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada) IPEA
  • Cássio Aoqui, Ponte a Ponte  
  • Kusi Hornberger, Dalberg Advisors

Conhecimento e informações de qualidade e acessíveis têm sido fundamentais no enfrentamento à Covid-19. O campo da filantropia e da sociedade civil tem sido tanto produtor, quanto tema de diversos estudos, pesquisas e produções de conhecimento nesse cenário de crise. É fundamental entender como o campo tem produzido conhecimento e como os dados e informações têm sido disseminados e utilizados e contribuído não só na construção de narrativas sobre o setor, mas também para os processos de tomada de decisão na agenda das organizações e do setor público.

O que foi produzido de conhecimento (pesquisa aplicada e prática)  sobre a pandemia ou em decorrência da pandemia? Como o campo do ISP e das OSC se viu e produziu conhecimento? O que está invisibilizado? Como os conhecimentos produzidos dialogam e o quais oportunidades se abrem?

Passados mais de seis meses da chegada da Pandemia no Brasil e da produção de conhecimento para enfrentamento a essa realidade, colocar em debate diversas pessoas produtoras de conhecimento pode nos auxiliar a enxergar caminhos para seguirmos avançando não só no combate à pandemia e seus efeitos, mas também na continuação da construção coletiva das soluções públicas que necessitamos.

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MEETING: Wednesday, 7 October 2020 

Asia Pacific Regional Network Meeting

6:00 pm Hong Kong. Check your time zone.

This meeting is open to the public. To register, click  here.

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WEBINAR: Thursday, 8 October 2020

The State of Third Sector Theory: A Conversation with Lester M. Salamon

10:00-11:30 AM New York.   Check your time zone. 

This event is free to ISTR Members (click here to register); 30 USD for non-members and affiliates. Please consider becoming a member of ISTR to gain access this this webinar and future editions of our Conversation Series. 


We invite one of the most influential scholars in third sector research, Lester Salamon (Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A.), into a conversation about the state of theory in this research field. We will talk specifically about the social origins theory of civil society development (Salamon/Anheier 1998), how it was developed, and how it has impacted the research field. Moving from social origins theory in particular to theory in general, we will discuss how theory should inform the work we do as researchers and practitioners. We will also consider some problematic developments concerning theory building, as recently criticized by Tourish (2020). We hope the conversation will illuminate how scholars can bridge excellence in theory building with a social impact.

Florentine Maier (WU Vienna, Austria) will
 engage in a curated conversation with Lester Salamon, followed by audience questions facilitated by  Hagai Katz (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel).
Recommended reading
  • Salamon, Lester M., S. Wojciech Sokolowski, & Megan A. Haddock (Eds.) (2017) Explaining civil society development: A social origins approach. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.  Link to summary of the theory:
  • Salamon, L. M., & Anheier, H. K. (1998). Social Origins of Civil Society: Explaining the Nonprofit Sector Cross-Nationally. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 9, 213–248. Link to article (ISTR Members can login to access).
  • Tourish, D. (2020). The Triumph of Nonsense in Management Studies. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 19, 99–109. Link to article.

Lester Salamon, Emeritus Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Director, Philanthropication thru Privatization Project, East-West Management Institute; Distant Professor, Higher School of Economics, Moscow


WEBINAR: Tuesday, 13 October 2020

The 10 largest funders of criminal justice reform research in the U.S.: what they fund and how and where they distribute their funds

11:00 AM New York. Check your time zone.
This event is open to the public. Click here  to register .

Presenter: Cynthia Golembeski,  Rutgers University

Moderator : Jeffrey Brown, Florida A&M University

Philanthropic funding, which has recently significantly increased, is critical to services, programming, research, and policy efforts associated with U.S. criminal justice reform. We analyze twenty years of grantmaker, recipient, and grant data to assess foundations’ roles in multiple phases of criminal justice reform processes, including funding interest subjects, geographic location, related population groups, and other variables.  Organizational, archival and in-depth data will supplement these findings. 

Cynthia Golembeski  is a RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar pursuing a JD/PhD at Rutgers University. She collaborates on health equity and criminal justice reform initiatives to achieve advocacy, policy, research, and service objectives. She is on the Journal of Correctional Health Care and World Medical and Health Policy editorial boards. She uses mixed methods in researching: Health and criminal legal system policy and management; equity; ethics; nonprofit management and philanthropy; state and local politics; and citizen-state relations.


Friday, 16 October 2020

Global Perspectives on Teaching the Third Sector Online

12:00 pm New York. Check your time zone.
This event is open to the public. Click here to register

This Webinar is open to ISTR Members only. Click here to register for ISTR membership.   If you are already an ISTR member, c lick here to register.

With extensive online teaching experience, this global panel will discuss starting online courses and programs. 

  • Felim O hAdhamail, University College, Cork, Ireland
  • Michele Fugiel Gartner, Mount Royal University, Canada
  • Helen Wise, Louisiana State University, USA

Moderated by Norman Dolch, Journal of Nonprofit Education  and Leadership, USA


BOOK CLUB PRESENTATION: Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Between Power and Irrelevance: The Future of Transnational NGOs

12:00 -13:00 New York (EST) Check your time zone.

This event is open to the public. Click here to register.

  • George E. Mitchell, Associate Professor, Baruch College, City University of New York
  • Hans Peter Schmitz, Associate Professor, University of San Diego
  • Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Principal Consultant, Five Oaks Consulting

Between Power and Irrelevance explores why a gap between transnational NGOs' rhetoric and reality exists and what they can do to close it. The book argues that TNGOs need to change the fundamental conditions under which they operate by bringing their own forms and norms into better alignment with their ambitions and strategies. Drawing upon a variety of perspectives, including hundreds of interviews with TNGO leaders, firsthand involvement in major organizational change processes in leading TNGOs, and numerous workshops, training institutes, consultancies, and research projects, the book examines how to adapt TNGOs for the future.





WEBINAR: Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Exploring African Third Sector Organisations Readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution

16:00 - 17:00 Johannesburg.   Check your time zone.
This webinar is open to the public. Click here to register.



PresentersTsele Moloi, Nomathemba Memela, & Keratiloe Mogotsi, University of Witwatersrand




Moderator: Bhekinkhosi Moyo, University of Wit
watersrand, Graduate School of BusinessAdministration




The fourth industrial revolution is no longer a far-fetched, sci-fi extravagance. It is characterized by real disruptive and revolutionary developments that are moving at a supersonic speed and fundamentally altering how individuals interact with each other. The purpose of this study by Wits PhD students was to provide emerging perspectives among the corporate foundations leaders; civil society foundations and grant making foundations on the impact of fourth industrial revolution to their ways of working and to establish to what extent they are ready and prepared to harness the full potential brought by the fourth industrial revolution to better serve the needs and aspirations of society.


Next up in our A Conversation With....series: 
November 4 - A conversation with Helmut Anheier 


Helmut K. Anheier is past President of the Hertie School, Professor of Sociology, and member of the faculty at the Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California (UCLA). 

Susan Appe, Assistant Professor at the University of Albany, Co-editor-in-chief of Voluntas, and ISTR Board Secretarty, will lead the conversation. Elizabeth Bloodgood, Associate Professor at   Concordia University and ISTR Board Member, will moderate.



more information coming soon....


A three-part in-depth series on the latest special issue in Voluntas

Seminar 1: Tuesday, November 10
5 pm Germany. Check your time zone.

The Changing Space for NGOs: Civil Society and Authoritarian and Hybrid Regimes (link to article)

  • Speaker: Annette Zimmer, Muenster University, Germany (15 mins)
  • Speaker: Stefan Toepler, George Mason University, USA (15 mins)
  • Commentator: Anthony Spires, The University of Melbourne, Australia (5-8 mins) pre-recorded (invited)

Seminar 2: Wednesday, November 18 
5 pm Moscow. Check your time zone.
This is a members only event.

Two for One: Public Welfare and Regime Legitimacy Through State Funding for CSOs in Russia (link to article

  • Speaker Christian Froelich, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Russia (15 mins)
  • Speaker: Yulia Skokova, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Russia (15 min) Invited
  • Commentator: Ulla Pape,

    Freie Universität Berlin

    Germany (5-8 mins) Invited


Seminar 3: Wednesday, Dec. 2
5 pm Johannesburg.Check your time zone. 
This is a members only event.

Civil Society in ‘Politics’ and ‘Development’ in African Hybrid Regimes: The Kenyan Case (link to article)

  • Speaker: Jacob Mati, Sol Plaatje University, South Africa (15 mins)
  • Commentator: Julie Fisher Melton, Kettering University, USA (5-8 mins) confirmed
  • Moderator: Michelle Reddy, Stanford University, USA


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