The Institute activates signature research and thought leadership that will shape the design of our hands-on, educational initiatives, infuse our undergraduate and graduate curricula with the latest insights, and spark approaches and actions that create a better world. Our signature domestic and global research efforts will address key gaps in the existing knowledge on philanthropy and address important questions essential to the future:

  • What kinds of skills are needed in nonprofit, NGO, and social change efforts, and how can we best prepare leaders for these roles?
  • Why do people give, volunteer and help others as well as how can they be motivated to give, volunteer or leverage their resources in the most effective ways?
  • How can transformational philanthropy advance public purposes in new ways with private and public sector actors?
  • How can public, private and philanthropic players collaborate effectively to solve critical public challenges?
  • How and why do these dynamics vary across national settings?

Along with our signature research, the Institute will drive a coordinated, cohesive set of complementary activities that include: