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Waldemar A. Nielsen Chair in Philanthropy Endowment

Georgetown University

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period September 1, 2002–August 31, 2006
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

From 1990 to 2000, the number of grantmaking foundations rose from 32,000 to 57,000, and a number of new infrastructure and support organizations were established. In 2000, the Center for the Study of Voluntary Organizations and Service at Georgetown University received a $3 million challenge grant to establish the Waldemar A. Nielsen Chair in Philanthropy. Mr. Nielsen was noted U.S. foundation scholar who devoted his life to the study and analysis of philanthropy and the nonprofit community.Multiyear funding will help match the challenge grant and enable the Nielsen Chair to attract other leading academic researchers to the field of philanthropy; mentor students and future philanthropic leaders; advance discussion and strengthen ties between practitioners and scholars; encourage wealthy individuals to create new foundations; and promote discussion about philanthropy and major issues affecting the nation among leaders of nonprofit organizations, business and government.The center, part of Georgetown’s Public Policy Institute, is dedicated to developing future nonprofit leaders with the highest standards and analytical skills.