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The Institute activates signature research and thought leadership that will shape the design of our hands-on, educational initiatives  and spark approaches and actions that create a better world. Our domestic and global research efforts 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?