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Civil Society Challenged: Towards an Enabling Policy Environment

July 13, 2017

The roles of non-governmental or civil society organizations have become more complex, especially in the context of changing relationships with nation states and the international community. In many instances, state–civil society relations have worsened, leading experts to speak of a "shrinking space" for civil society nationally as well as internationally. The author proposes to initiate a process for the establishment of an independent high-level commission of eminent persons (i) to examine the changing policy environment for civil society organizations in many countries as well as internationally, (ii) to review the reasons behind the shrinking space civil society encounters in some parts of the world and its steady development in others, and (iii) to make concrete proposals for how the state and the international system on the one hand and civil society on the other hand can relate in productive ways in national and multilateral contexts.

Foundations and the Ambiguity of Success and Failure : A Case Collection

October 1, 2016

The Hertie School releases its findings from an international research project "Foundation Successes and Failures: Implications for Policy and Management – Developing a Case studies Repertoire". Professor Helmut K. Anheier led the research project, which was made possible by the Robert Bosch Foundation. The project looks at 20 case studies of philanthropic foundations from a range of fields in seven countries including Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom. The primary intended purpose is to be used by foundation boards, foundation staff training and executive education. The vignettes may also serve teaching purposes at university master level programs, particularly in public policy and business schools. For example, several will become teaching cases at the Harvard Business School.One major conclusion based on the collection of case studies is that 'success' and 'failure' are not as clear cut as it would appear. Any claims of failure or success should be approached with caution, and there are no simple solutions for high impact results or maximized philanthropic contributions. Despite ambiguity, planning and performance measures are better than none at all. A fuller analysis will be forthcoming as a book in 2017 published by Helmut K. Anheier and Diana Leat (London: Routledge).

Foundations in Germany : Summary and Policy Recommendations

May 16, 2016

This study intends to complete the current understanding of the role, positioning and contributions of foundations in Germany. It is a joint project of the Hertie School of Gover-nance and the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg, led by Helmut K. Anheier. It investigates the following questions: What are the objectives of foundations, and what roles do they see for themselves? How do they position themselves with regard to the state, market and civil society? What are their comparative advantages and disadvantages, and how do they benefit society? Finally, what are the implications for foundations and policymakers? In answering these questions, the project collected and analyzed a range of quantitative (survey research, available statistics) and qualitative data (expert interviews, case studies, focus groups), and did so for foundations as a whole as well as in specific activity fields: education, higher education, social services and arts and culture.

Feasibility Study on a European Foundation Statute: Final Report

February 12, 2009

This feasibility study covers seven major objectives. It offers an overview of the main types of foundations in EU Member States; presents estimates of the economic scale of the European foundation sector, also in comparison with the United States; examines the main regulatory differences in the legal treatment of foundations across the EU; estimates cross-border activities as well as barriers and their economic relevance; analyses the importance and cost implications of these barriers; explores possible modalities of eliminating existing barriers; and assesses further possible effects of a European Foundation Statute.

Creating Opportunities: The State of the Nonprofit Sector in Los Angeles 2007

April 1, 2007

Provides an annual analysis and statistical review of the state of the nonprofit sector in the region, explores current policy and budget developments impacting the sector, and seeks to inform debate about the sector's current and future role.

Promoting Philanthropy: Global Challenges and Approaches

December 1, 2004

Philanthropy promotion has become a subject of increasing interest within civil society over the last two decades. This paper tackles questions concerning the emergence of a more effective strategic philanthropy, identifying challenges to better philanthropy and possible strategies to address them, ongoing approaches and innovative models. It focuses on adapting philanthropy strategies to various countries, cultures, and contexts.

The Third Sector in Europe: Five Theses: Civil Society Working Paper 12

February 1, 2002

In recent years, the third sector has grown increasingly important in Europe. This trend not only suggests greater political interest in the third sector, but also indicates that the EU is taking a more active role in policy-making in this field. With the help of five theses and the background of recent research findings in the field, this document explores what lies behind this shift, what developments are likely to take place in the coming years, and how these will affect the third sector.

Foundations in Europe: A Comparative Perspective

August 1, 2001

Europe has a rich tapestry of foundations. These vary throughout the countries of this continent with regards to type, size, activities, role, development and their levels of recent growth. This paper first highlights then analyses these differences and suggests common themes and policy implications.