Institutional Setting for Nonprofit/Philanthropic Economics

Course Syllabus Focus

Civil Society
Philanthropic Foundations

Course Syllabus Institution

Indiana University
Steinberg, Richard

The course provides a broad overview of nonprofit institutions and philanthropic practices, along with a discussion of available data sources on each. We discuss the size and scope of nonprofit organizations, revenue and cost structures, governance practices, regulation and taxation, and relations between nonprofit organizations, for-profit firms, and government agencies. Then we look at patterns of philanthropy—who gives, to what, and in what form—and public policies that affect giving behaviors.

Blog Posts

American Democracy: Time for Intensive Care

February 15, 2017

The head of the Hewlett Foundation provides a tour d’horizon of American political dysfunction — and envisions a long and difficult therapy to bring it back to health. 


Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation