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Jan. 8, 2007

Law Professor To Lead International Nonprofit Research Organization

University of Iowa law professor Mark Sidel has been voted president-elect of the International Society for Third Sector Research, a scholarly organization dedicated to promoting research and education on philanthropy, civil society and the nonprofit sector. His two-year term as president begins in 2009.

A specialist in nonprofit and philanthropy law and management, Sidel was also elected to the organization's board of directors. He delivered the keynote address at ISTR's 2006 international conference in Bangkok.

"In this era of far-reaching changes in the way that societies are organized, the third sector is playing a critical role and has significantly gained importance in many countries," said Sidel. "It's an exciting time to be working on philanthropy, civil society and the nonprofit sector and I look forward to helping lead ISTR in the coming years."

ISTR's mission is to promote the development of high quality research and education internationally on third sector-related issues, theories, and policies; and to apply knowledge about the third sector throughout the world. ISTR seeks to build a global community of scholars and others dedicated to the creation, discussion, and advancement of knowledge relating to philanthropy, civil society and the nonprofit sector and its impact on wellbeing and development internationally. ISTR also publishes a peer-reviewed journal, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.

Sidel has published widely on nonprofit law and philanthropy and is serving as a UI Faculty Scholar in 2006-09. Earlier he managed the regional program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector for the Ford Foundation in South Asia in New Delhi, India, and the Ford Foundation's programs in Vietnam. He also served as the Foundation's first program officer for law and legal reform based in China.

The University of Iowa is committed to helping to strengthen the nonprofit and charitable sector in the state of Iowa. The university's Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center provides management consulting services to the state's non-profit organizations and also worked with the Governor's Task Force on Charitable Nonprofit Organizations to create the Iowa Principles and Practices of Charitable Nonprofit Excellence.

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