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Mission and Vision of ISTR

The Third Sector is increasingly recognized as playing a significant role in the development of almost every country of the world.  Research is a major component of this growing understanding and ISTR is at the forefront of advancing this field of knowledge.  Membership in ISTR is the best way for scholars, researchers, and practitioners to keep abreast of changes and participate in a dialogue with others with similar and complementary interests.  ISTR is an indispensable professional asset.  Your membership is vital to the continuing international growth of Third Sector Studies.


ISTR's mission is to build and support a global community of researchers who are committed to the production and dissemination of knowledge to better understand the role and contribution of the third sector.  We also work to:

  • promote the development of high quality research and education internationally on Third Sector related issues, theories and politics;

  • enhance the dissemination and application of knowledge about the Third Sector as widely as possible throughout the world;

  • stimulate and facilitate collaborative research initiatives;

  • broaden the participation of researchers in all parts of the world and in diverse disciplines;

  • enable scholars and educators to keep abreast of rapid changes in the third sector and to be aware of best practices and available research;

  • facilitate regional research networks that foster individual and institutional capacities for Third Sector research, education, and practical application.


ISTR is an organization committed to building a growing global community of scholars and interested others dedicated to the creation, discussion, and advancement of the highest quality of knowledge pertaining to the Third Sector and its impact on human and planetary well being and development internationally. As an organization, ISTR will be 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.

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