Researching philanthropy – Educating organizations and the public

The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund of the Aspen Institute will support 23 research projects investigating nonprofit management and public policy.

The funded studies ask a wide variety of questions, such as: Do sick people prefer public, nonprofit or for-profit hospitals? How have welfare reform and changes in the immigration law affected immigrants and the nonprofits that serve them? How are nonprofits affected when they compete with one another?

The grants ranged in size from $2,500 to $50,000. Since 1991, the Fund has awarded $7 million to 300 research projects.

“We believe that if nonprofits are to keep up with the ever-changing world and effectively serve clients, then they must be constantly learning,” said Alan J. Abramson, director of the Fund. “The studies we fund facilitate that learning.”

The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund was established in 1991 to fund studies into nonprofit activities, impacts and values and to promote the results of those studies. The Fund’s supporters include the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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