In September of 1996, Elizabeth T. Boris became the founding director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. The Center conducts research on the role and impact of non-profit organizations and the policy issues that affect them. It also hosts the National Center for Charitable Statistics, which builds and maintains the nation’s largest database on nonprofit organizations.
From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Boris was founding director of the Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector Research Fund. Prior to her tenure at the Aspen Institute, she was vice president for Research at the Council on Foundations.
In 2006, she received the Distinguished Achievement and Leadership Award from The Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action and was named by The NonProfit Times as a Class of 2009 member of The NPT Power & Influence Top 50.
Dr. Boris’ current affiliations include: past-president of the board of the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action, Council of the Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy at the City University of New York, Board of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations, and Honorary Council of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the Advisory Board of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Editorial Advisory Board of the Nonprofit Quarterly.
She holds a PhD and MA in political science from Rutgers University and a BA from Douglass College.