Jim Bildner

Senior Research Fellow
Hauser Institute for Civil Society 
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Office Address
Belfer-121

Mailing Address
Harvard Kennedy School
Mailbox 143
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact
Phone: 617-495-6513
Email: Jim_Bildner@hks.harvard.edu

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Jim Bildner is a senior research fellow at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society where he is spearheading the Center’s research on the sustainability of arts and cultural institutions in U.S. cities. He is investigating long-term trends and recent changes in the patterns of funding for these institutions and the capacity of their communities to sustain them. His research aims to identify a set of specific issues that funders, policy makers, and institutional leaders agree can and must be addressed if these institutions and their communities are to thrive.

Jim Bildner is a trustee of The Kresge Foundation, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Case Western Reserve University, Lesley University, the Public Citizen Foundation, the Trustees of the Reservation, the Women’s Funding Network, and on the investment committees of endowments with assets of $5.5 billion. He is an overseer of both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and WGBH Public TV and Radio, and a member of the executive board of WBUR (Boston Public Radio). Bildner earned his AB from Dartmouth College, his MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, his JD from Case Western Reserve School of Law, and his MFA from Lesley University.

He is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and an adjunct professor of law at Case Western Reserve.

Jim Bildner

The current economic crisis has left no one unscathed — and sadly, that is particularly true for those who are most in need. As foundations face significantly reduced assets available to meet those needs, nonprofit groups face even greater demand for their services.

As a result, foundations across the country must meet the challenges inherent in this crisis by making significant and real changes. Just as investors in the capital markets are rethinking their investment strategies, foundations, donors, and nonprofit organizations are also at a critical reflection point.”

:: Jim Bildner and Mark Kramer, Charity Loans: A Creative, Underused Form of Support, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 7, 2009