The Center for Civil Society (C4CS) strengthens America’s voluntary associations by improving the effectiveness of donors, charitable foundations, and nonprofit organizations. The Center fulfills its mission through education, providing research, publications, webinars, master classes, and in-person events. These resources offer practical advice, ideas, training, and tools that help civil society leaders achieve their missions.
A project of American Philanthropic, LLC, our belief is that if America’s voluntary organizations can more fully realize their visions, American civil society and American democracy will become healthier—and American individuals and communities will more fully flourish.
Jack Fowler is leading the charge as the Center's director. Learn more about the Center’s resources and upcoming events below!
Tools for Civil Society Leaders
The Center for Civil Society offers a range of educational resources and events to help civil society leaders achieve their missions.
In the Trenches is American Philanthropic’s no-nonsense master class series that invites you into trenches of fundraising and teaches you the tactics to raise more money for your organization, in good times and in bad. Join our fundraising experts for master classes on foundations and grant writing, capital campaigns, direct mail and digital marketing, major gifts, strategic planning, and data analytics.
The Center for Civil Society's conferences convene givers, doers, and thinkers to reflect on ways to strengthen civil society and conserve the natural and cultural goods of our communities and our nation. The Center’s inaugural conference will take place on November 17, 2021, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Learn more about the conference and register here.
Grow your development program and achieve success with one of American Philanthropic's Elements of Fundraising. This annual two-day, intensive training is designed for new nonprofit directors, CEOs, development directors, and fundraising staff, as well as nonprofit leaders looking to brush up on the fundamentals of development. This graduate-level fundraising training helps participants learn how to raise more money for their organizations.
Subscribe here to learn more about the next conference.
Join Jeremy Beer and other American Philanthropic consultants as they discuss various fundraising topics, including foundations and grants management, strategic planning, major gifts and prospect research, direct mail and digital marketing, database and data analytics, and much more. Bring your favorite libation!—scotch, beer, or tea—and join us for informal and exploratory conversations.
Hosted by Jack Fowler and featuring special guests, the Center for Civil Society's webinar series is for donors and nonprofit leads and explores topics related to donor intent, education, civic life, and giving that strengthens civil society.
Learn more here.
Jeremy Beer hosts the Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, where listeners are introduced to the fascinating people and important ideas at the heart of American civil society. Guests have included Patrick Deneen, Timothy P. Carney, Elise Westhoff, Howard Husock, and many more. Jack Fowler co-hosts The Victor Davis Hanson Show. Jack and Victor discuss current political and social events and ideas in "The Traditionalist" and current and past cultural trends in "The Classicist."
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