The Hauser Center for
Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University is a
university-wide center for the study of nonprofit
organizations and civil society. The Hauser Center seeks to
expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about
the leadership of nonprofit and non-governmental
organizations through the key goals of research, education,
The Center’s goals include:
Research: Explore the critical questions affecting nonprofits and NGOs and widely disseminate the findings.
Education: Support teaching about nonprofit organizations across Harvard University and development of curricula in the field.
Practice: Connect current and future leaders with new thinking and scholarship.
As the Center starts its second decade, we will build on our base of teaching and research, engaging current and future leaders of nonprofit organizations and civil society movements worldwide. To strengthen our service to the nonprofit field, we will concentrate in five specific domains:
(a) international development and humanitarian organizations,
(b) justice and human rights organizations,
(c) arts, culture, and Media organizations,
(d) nonprofit organizations in China, and
(e) philanthropic organizations.
The Hauser Center was established in 1997 with a generous grant from Rita and Gustave Hauser.