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Industry Non-Profit
Location Baltimore, MD, United States
Introduction The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, working with a broad array of national and state-level nonprofit associations, has created an “information platform” for the country’s not-for-profit sector, a network of approximately 1,000 nonprofit organizations that have agreed to serve as organizational “listening posts” to identify how nonprofit organizations are being affected by the major developments confronting them and to explore promising approaches that organizations have tried in response. To do so, the project uses a combination of web-based “Soundings,” Innovators’ Roundtables, and case studies. The overall goal is to speed the generation and diffusion of practice-relevant knowledge in this increasingly demanding field and get the cutting-edge insights of practice more effectively disseminated and more thoroughly integrated into nonprofit teaching and research.