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Exploring the Social Sector Infrastructure’s Current State and Future Needs

The US social sector, which is vital to our democratic society, needs a strong support system to help it thrive. We call this support system the social sector infrastructure. Often overlooked, the infrastructure is an ecosystem of providers that offers services focused on sustainability, learning, relationships, and influence to social sector organizations. These services help social sector entities form, operate, grow, develop, connect, engage, and influence our society.

What is the current state of the social sector infrastructure, and what does it need for the future?

Join the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy for a virtual event discussing new research from the Urban Institute and George Mason University with leading social sector infrastructure users, providers, and funders. We will discuss the financial health of national social sector infrastructure organizations; explore the infrastructure’s growth, inequities and disparities in the field, and the importance of well-being; and discuss how infrastructure funders, providers, and users can promote a stronger and more equitable social sector.



  • Alan Abramson, Professor and Director, Center on Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Enterprise, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
  • Kathy Ko Chin, CEO, Jasper Inclusion Advisors
  • Monisha Kapila, Co-CEO, ProInspire
  • Frances Kunreuther, Co–Executive Director, Building Movement Project
  • Hanh Le, Co-CEO, if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility
  • Faith Mitchell, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Donna Murray-Brown, Vice President of Strategy and Development, National Council of Nonprofits
  • Chera Reid, Co–Executive Director, Center for Evaluation Innovation
  • Laura Tomasko, Senior Policy Program Manager, Urban Institute
  • Tené Traylor, Vice President for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute


Support for this event is provided by New Venture Fund. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Monday, February 27, 2023

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