To examine the roles and impact of nonprofit organizations in democratic societies, and to analyze trends in the operations and finances of U.S. charitable organizations.
About the Organization:
The Urban Institute's Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy conducts and disseminates research on the role and impact of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. It also researches and analyzes trends in the operations and finances of U.S. charitable groups using data developed by its National Center for Charitable Statistics and other sources, and in so doing creates the foundation for its many research projects. CNP researchers look at the changing roles and capacity of nonprofit organizations, particularly in relationship to government, and examine the effects of policy changes on them. NCCS creates research databases on U.S. nonprofits and provides them to researchers and the public.
Among its projects, CNP is producing reports on the scope of the sector; analyzing variations in fundraising and administrative costs for different types of organizations and funding environments; co-sponsoring a bi-annual seminar series on emerging issues in philanthropy; analyzing the capacity of nonprofits to manage volunteers; examining attitudes and practices of foundations concerning effective philanthropy; creating a standard framework for selecting outcome indicators and tools to facilitate outcome measurement; and exploring the size, scope, and capacity of nonprofits serving low-income children in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
In addition to listing its projects (see above), the CNP Web site details the center's primary areas of interest, and publications, the latter arranged by topics, including public policy and tax issues, nonprofit operations, and local and regional studies of organizations.
CNP is supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Ford, Gates, Hewlett, Kellogg, and Mott foundations, among others.