Join us in Malibu, October 23–24, 2024, for our annual Givers, Doers, & Thinkers Conference,
K to Campus: How the Education Reform Movement Can Reshape Higher Ed.

Events

The Center for Civil Society offers events both online and in person for givers, doers, and thinkers alike. Check out our upcoming events below!

Events

The Center for Civil Society offers events both online and in person for givers, doers, and thinkers alike. Check out our upcoming events below!

Our Mission

The Center for Civil Society (C4CS) strengthens America’s voluntary associations by improving the effectiveness of donors, charitable foundations, and nonprofit organizations. The center fulfills its mission through education, research, publications, webinars, master classes, and in-person events. These resources offer practical advice, training, and tools that help civil society leaders achieve their missions. The Center for Civil Society is built on the belief that if America’s voluntary organizations can more fully realize their visions, American civil society and democracy will become healthier—and American individuals and communities will flourish more fully.

Subscribe To Civil Thoughts

Each week, into the ether Civil Thoughts is projected, intent on sharing a smart gathering of a dozen or so pieces and essays and articles that touch on various facets of our civil society and the givers, doers, and thinkers doing some heavy lifting in that arena. They’re nothing more than recommendations, but of pieces and essays and articles (one or two, a few, maybe most, possibly even all) that may prove of keen interest, and that will stimulate your thinking.

No asks, no tasks. No quizzes!

—Jack Fowler

K to Campus: a Givers, Doers, & Thinkers Conference

Join us for our fourth annual Givers, Doers, & Thinkers Conference, where we’ll explore what we’ve learned from the K-12 ed reform movement, and how those lessons can be applied in higher education reform. We’ll ask: Can the majority of American college campuses be saved? And is it time to take a significantly different approach to reforming higher education?

Givers, Doers, & Thinkers Podcast

Givers, Doers, and Thinkers (GDT) introduces listeners to the fascinating people and important ideas at the heart of American civil society. We speak with philanthropists, foundation leaders, reformers, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, religious believers, historians, sociologists, philosophers, and journalists, to help us understand contemporary civil society’s achievements and failures. We also sprinkle in practical advice for nonprofit leaders and fundraisers. This is the podcast for anyone interested in that vital space where philanthropy and civil society intersect.