|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:
ISTR’s vision is to develop a global community of scholars, researchers and practitioners whose members celebrate diversity, non-profit and philanthropic commitment to society and rigorous interdisciplinary approaches in third sector research.
Our definition of the third sector is broadly defined to include civil society in all its forms, including non‐profit organizations and NGOs, voluntary associations, social economy organizations, community organizations, self‐help and mutual support organizations, foundations, endowments, as well as other manifestations of civil society globally and locally, such as social movements, formal and informal networks and social forums, unions, religious organizations, co‐operatives, philanthropic practices and volunteering.