Purpose

Whether they are grouped together as a “sector” of the economy, classified as a mode of behavior or studied as an orientation towards life, philanthropy and voluntary organizations are important phenomena worth serious attention.

The Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism was created in 1986 to conduct scholarly research and expand the dialogue about these pursuits. The Center is part of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The school offers a professional master’s degree in public policy analysis and management as well as an undergraduate major in public policy.

The Center’s major objectives are:

  • To support scholarly research on issues related to philanthropy and voluntarism
  • To stimulate the exchange of ideas and research findings among scholars and practitioners
  • To encourage the development of university courses in the area of philanthropy

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