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The Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about civil society among scholars, practitioners, policy makers and the general public, by encouraging scholarship, developing curriculum, fostering mutual learning between academics and practitioners, and shaping policies that enhance the sector and its role in society.
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The Initiative for Sustainable Arts in America is a three-year effort to strengthen the nation's arts infrastructure and develop a fact-based assessment of the sustainability of urban arts institutions across the country.
The Course on Exponential Fundraising is an experiential learning course designed for a select group of nonprofit leaders who want to improve their organization’s results and reshape the field of fundraising, reconceptualizing it as something that is not only mission critical, but a vehicle to fundamentally transform organizations.
The Initiative for Responsible Investment examines fundamental issues and theories underlying the ability of financial markets to promote wealth creation across asset classes, while creating a stronger society and a healthier environment.
The Leading Change Network is a community of organizers, educators, and researchers committed to developing organizing leadership around the world, supporting systematic continual learning in the field of organizing, and creating greater capacity for organizing among key constituencies.
The Nonprofits in China domain focuses on the key challenges facing the growing Chinese social sector, working to leverage Harvard’s resources to convene scholars and practitioners in Chinese nonprofits, and to catalyze practical solutions and academic research on subjects related to nonprofits in China.
The Humanitarian and Human Rights Organizations program seeks to enhance the impact of the field by strengthening interactions between scholars and practitioners to strengthen these organizations’ ability to address real time and emerging opportunities and challenges.
Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) is a global research-policy network that aims to improve the status of the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy.