We have three main rese­arch areas:


  • Mana­ge­ria­lism & gover­nance: We examine how NPOs that are beco­ming more busi­nes­s-­like are chan­ging the way they func­tion as service provi­ders, advo­cates and commu­nity buil­ders in society. We also inves­ti­gate intended and unin­tended effects of impact measu­re­ment, and further effects of the ratio­na­liza­tion of NPOs.


  • Social entre­pre­neurship, new phil­an­thropy & social invest­ment: New approa­ches such as social entre­pre­neurship, venture phil­an­thropy and impact invest­ment are charac­te­rized by the hybri­di­za­tion of busi­ness and phil­an­thropic logics. We inves­ti­gate the role of foun­da­tions in Austria, and patterns of social entre­pre­neurship.


  • Civic enga­ge­ment & civil society: We are dedi­cated to mapping Austrian civil society and provi­ding perspec­tives and data on volun­tee­ring, private giving, and civic enga­ge­ment. Beyond mapping, we engage in theo­ry-d­riven rese­arch on ques­tions such as the impact of funding on NPOs' societal func­tions, the effects of volun­tee­ring on perso­na­li­ties, the effect of life-­style on giving beha­vior, and the social selec­tion of volun­teers.


We engage in basic rese­arch, and co-ope­rate with the Compe­tence Center for Nonprofit Orga­niza­t­ions and Social Entre­pre­neurship for applied rese­arch colla­bo­ra­tions as well as stake­holder dialogue and disse­mi­na­tion.

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