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The Global Philanthropic Environment: The State of the Field

Philanthropy accounts for a significant flow of resources across borders in support of a variety of civic and nonprofit initiatives. What is its size and composition and how important is it? How are conditions for philanthropy changing across different regions? A brief presentation of recent findings from the Global Philanthropy Indices will precede a discussion of what role philanthropy does play and should play in international relations. The Global Philanthropy Indices are two periodic measures of the flow of resources across borders and the conditions for engaging in philanthropy in 79 countries.

Amir Pasic is the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the world’s first school devoted to research and teaching about philanthropy. Prior to joining the school, Pasic was vice president of international operations at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a global professional association serving educational institutions and their advancement professionals. Previously, Pasic was associate dean for development and strategic planning at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as well as executive director of its Foreign Policy Institute, where he continues to serve as a senior fellow. Pasic served as deputy director of the world security project at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and was deputy vice president for advancement at The George Washington University. A former librarian at the Library of Congress, he began his career with faculty appointments at Brown University's Watson Institute. Pasic holds a master's degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Yale University.

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