THE JOHNS HOPKINS CENTER FOR CIVIL SOCIETY STUDIES (CCSS) is a leading source of research and knowledge about the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, and volunteering. The Center is part of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy and works with governments, international organizations, and colleagues around the world to improve the visibility and capacity of nonprofit organizations.
CCSS is engaged in a wide variety of research and capacity-building activities designed to improve understanding of the role that philanthropy and nonprofit organizations play in modern society and to strengthen the capacity of these organizations to carry out their missions. Building on the pioneering empirical studies of the American nonprofit sector conducted by its director in the early 1980s, the Center has since extended its analysis to the international sphere, producing the first comprehensive comparative assessment of the size, structure, financing, and role of the nonprofit sector at the global level, and working with international organizations to improve official data gathering systems to better capture the impact and importance of the not-for-profit, volunteering, and philanthropic sectors, putting those sectors on the economic map of the world.
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR VOLUNTEER EFFORT (IAVE) exists to promote, strengthen and celebrate the development of volunteering worldwide; it is the only international organisation for which this is the primary aim. IAVE was founded in 1970 by a group of volunteers from around the world who saw in volunteering a means of making connections across countries and cultures. It has grown into a global network of volunteers, volunteer organisations, national representatives and volunteer centres, with members in over 70 countries, and in all world regions. The majority of IAVE members are in developing countries.
CEV’s initiative and facilitating role has been a crucial element in the civil society campaign achieving the European Year of Volunteering 2011 together with all our partner networks active in volunteering at the European level. These networks form the ‘EYV 2011 Alliance’ and CEV has been mandated to host the Secretariat for the implementation of the civil society strand of the European Year of Volunteering 2011.
GLOBAL SERVICE LEADERS (GSL) motivates and connects emerging leaders from around the world to address community challenges through volunteerism. An initiative of the Meridian International Center, GSL draws upon Meridian’s 50 years as a center for international leadership development and its extensive networks in over 180 countries. Meridian helps volunteer leaders strengthen their role as leaders in their community and connects these aspiring leaders to a global community of peers and mentors. GSL supports members in their application of best practices, helps them develop important leadership skills, and provides them the network and resources to overcome inevitable challenges.