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A Century of Community Foundations: The Evolution and Future of an American Philanthropic Innovation
The Norman A. Sugarman Lecture in Nonprofit Law
SEP 10, 2015
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit

From its origins in the Cleveland Foundation a century ago, the community foundation has been the greatest innovation of American philanthropy. Now numbering well over 700 community foundations and counting, American community philanthropy has contributed in important ways to strengthening the fabric of American society and American institutions. But today, as community foundations enter a second century, they are faced with major challenges. Continued impressive growth in the U.S. -- particularly for smaller community foundations -- is highly uncertain, and attempts to spark the growth of community foundations abroad have met with significant problems. On the hundredth anniversary of the community foundation movement that had its start in Cleveland, this lecture explores the past and future of this uniquely American institution.
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Mark Sidel

Mark Sidel
Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law & Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin

Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin. He recently completed service as President of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), the international academic association working to strengthen research on civil society, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

In addition to his academic work, Sidel serves on the Council on Foundations Community Foundations National Standards Board, the national accrediting and standard setting body for American community foundations and trusts; as consultant to the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) for its MacArthur Foundation-funded project to assist in the development of nonprofit law in China; and has recently served as consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on philanthropic law and policy in China; consultant to the Ford Foundation on legal reform programs in China; board member of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA); and Senior Fellow at The Philanthropic Initiative (Boston), among other roles.

Professor Sidel has served as Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Melbourne Law School, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po, in the "chaire Asie"), Victoria, Vermont and Miami law schools and other institutions, and as W. G. Hart Lecturer in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London. In 2008 he won the ICNL-Cordaid Civil Liberties Prize for his work on the impact of anti-terrorism law on civil society in comparative perspective, and in 2012 he was named to the Outstanding Academic Award by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section. He is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. in history, 1979), Yale University (M.A. in history, 1982), and Columbia Law School (J.D., 1985).

Professor Sidel's research and writing focus on the nonprofit sector and philanthropy (with a focus on Asia and the United States); law and development; comparative law; and human trafficking.

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