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Gathering momentum for philanthropy to engage in public-private partnerships

24 July 2022
Max von Abendroth

If I have learned one thing over my past five years working in philanthropy, then it is that partnerships are key to address the challenges of our time in an impactful way. No single organisation is in a position to solve climate change, social injustice, the polarisation of societies, address the food security issue, engage in the SDGs and so on. The philanthropy sector felt this very strongly during the pandemic and many actors in …

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Giving beyond the foundation grant-making model

22 July 2022
Barbara Ibrahim

After an extended period without face-to-face gatherings, the 15th research conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) had a celebratory air, as over 225 attendees and over 100 remote participants engaged over plenaries, paper sessions, roundtables and networking breaks. We toasted the 30th anniversary of ISTR and welcomed a robust cohort of new PhD recipients into our ranks. While the number of papers presented was smaller than usual, the quality was high. …

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What is resilience and how do we get there?

22 July 2022
Prof. Hadara Bar-Mor

In the ISTR 15th Conference Dr. Elisabeth Searing, assistant professor of Public and Nonprofit Management, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas moderated a roundtable on the issue of resilience in a crisis-prone environment such as the 2020-2021 pandemic. She posed two questions which the participants discussed: What is the best definition of Resilience, and How Do We Get There? The participants were: Dennis Young, Charles Gray, Robert Fischer, Kennedy …

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A sense of belonging and a way to move forward with giving

22 July 2022
Neamat Sidani

What an impeccable knowledge venue, an essential bridge between practice and academia. Being a professional for several years, I recently decided to shift my career and pursue my PhD studies on philanthropy. I was referred to this conference by my fellow colleagues during the Covid period and since then I have been following the various insightful online webinars and activities offered by ISTR on regular basis. I am attending the ISTR conference for the first …

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A volunteer perspective of the 2022 Montreal ISTR Conference

21 July 2022
Stephanie Doughty

It took a lot of hard work, dedication, flexibility and resilience to make this conference happen… Navigating in turbulent times, …

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ISTR 2022 in-person conference: Better late than never!

17 July 2022
Jacqueline Wood

Here we are at the ISTR 15th International Conference at Concordia University in Montreal. With the Covid-19 pandemic having scuppered …

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A global view of protest, advocacy, and how government responds

16 July 2022
Dr. Ulla Pape

At the ISTR 2022 conference, a session on protest, adovacy, and government response took a global view. Kathy Brock of …

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Foundations and researchers: collaborators or critics?

15 July 2022
Hilary Pearson

Should foundation grantmakers embrace or beware of academic researchers? Can we speak of true collaboration between these very different professions? …

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Perspectives on Philanthropy in Ukraine, Russia, and Africa at #ISTR2022

15 July 2022
Dr. Ulla Pape

At #ISTR2022 The session ‘Philanthropy in Ukraine, Russia, and Africa’ discussed different forms of philanthropy in comparative perspective. The first …

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Back in person at ISTR International Conference and PhD Summit

14 July 2022
João Paulo Vergueiro

This is my third ISTR International Conference, but the first one that I am attending as a PhD student. As …

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Mapping the Nonprofit World. The Global Comparative Project

14 July 2022
Dr. Ulla Pape

The opening plenary of the ISTR Conference is devoted to the memory of Lester M Salamon and his impact on …

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Reshaping discourse and rebuilding trust

13 July 2022
Carolyn Cordery

‘I always come away with new ways of thinking about important issues that I can use in my research and …

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European civil society in the public sphere

13 July 2022
Dr. Ulla Pape

On 12 July 2022, the ISTR conference in Montreal started off with a topical program on nonprofit organisations in turbulent …