Dr. Elizabeth Boris holds a BA from Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from Rutgers University. She became the founding director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C in 1996. The Center conducts research on the roles and impacts of nonprofit organizations and the policy issues that affect them. The Center also hosts the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), which builds and maintains the nation’s largest database on nonprofit organizations and makes data available for research.
From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Boris was founding director of the Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, the first grant-making program devoted to supporting research on the nonprofit sector and philanthropy. Prior to her tenure at the Aspen Institute, Dr. Boris was Vice President for Research at the Council on Foundations, where she developed the research program and directed it for 12 years.
The author of many research publications on philanthropy and nonprofit organizations, Dr. Boris speaks often on topics related to nonprofits and philanthropy and is actively involved as an advisor and board member for a variety of organizations in the nonprofit sector.