The Program on Non-Profit Organizations (PONPO) at Yale
University was founded in 1978 to foster interdisciplinary
research aimed at developing an understanding of nonprofit
organizations and their role in economic and political life.
It was the first such academic center, and, through its support,
encouraged approximately 300 senior and junior scholars in
the field, in the US and abroad.
Originally an initiative of Yale president Kingman Brewster,
PONPO was first directed by John
G. Simon of the Law School in cooperation with Charles
E. Lindblom of the Political Science and Economics departments
and director of the Institute for Social and Policy Studies.
PONPO spent most of its life at the Institute, and was hosted
at the Divinity School from 1998 to 2002.
PONPO is now directed jointly by the Yale
School of Management and the Whitney
and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies