Program On NonProfit Organizations (PONPO) at Yale University
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History

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 at Yale.