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Senior Research Fellow
Hauser Institute for Civil Society
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Paula Doherty Johnson is spearheading research on the growth, practice and impact of global philanthropy. Working closely with Christine Letts, her initial research projects at Hauser include a comparative study of philanthropy in six Latin American countries, a study to strengthen the role and impact of philanthropy to Haiti, and the development of the Global Philanthropic Capital Project (GPCP), a global collaboration to track, map, and analyze institutional philanthropic giving in countries around the world.
Prior to joining the Hauser Institute, Paula was the Director of the TPI Center for Global Philanthropy, dedicated to advancing both the understanding and practice of global giving. At TPI, Paula conducted research to strengthen giving to and within other countries, worked directly with individual donors and foundations to develop global philanthropic strategies and programs, and worked on a number of initiatives to build and strengthen philanthropic capacity around the world. From 2002 - 2007, Paula was a Research Fellow with the Global Equity Initiative (GEI) at Harvard University where she developed its focus on global philanthropy, conducting applied research aimed at strengthening the role of private philanthropic investments in advancing global equity. Prior to her work with TPI and GEI, Paula worked with several international development organizations, including the Harvard School of Public Health, the Academy for Educational Development, and the Education Development Center.