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An integral part of The Graduate Center, the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (CPCS) focuses on giving, volunteerism, and nonprofit entrepreneurship by individual donors, foundations, and corporations in the United States and around the world.

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is committed to strengthening civil society through education, interdisciplinary research, and leadership training, and works to link academic approaches with practitioner needs.  Under the leadership of director Kathleen D. McCarthy, its signature International Fellows Program for scholar-practitioners presently counts over 218 alumni from 66 countries across 6 continents. The program’s alumni have gone on to found new associations and foundations, create university courses and research centers, establish fellowships in philanthropy, and staff and lead many of the institutions and programs spearheading the globalization of modern philanthropy. Program alumni present and publish widely in the field of civil society, helping to create a literature on the field in their own languages.  Other Center projects include: organizing and hosting year-long seminars for CUNY faculty and advanced graduate students to examine topics in civil society from a variety of viewpoints and disciplines; global research and edited volumes on women and philanthropy; developing a 14-volume curriculum guide series to facilitate the integration of the study of philanthropy into the curricula at colleges and universities, and providing a tool for nonprofit professionals in the area of development and fundraising. The Center supports GC students via research/travel awards and William Randolph Hearst Graduate Assistantships intended for women and minority students working in philanthropy, civil society, international development and global studies.

Learn more at The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society official page on the CUNY Graduate Center website.

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