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Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship

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The Marshall Institute is a newly established Institute at LSE. Its core aim is to improve the impact and effectiveness of private contributions to the public good.

The Marshall Institute will inform and coordinate the efforts of private citizens, researchers, public and private sector organisations and social entrepreneurs who are working to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.

It will equip the foremost figures in the field, and the leaders of the future, with the knowledge they need to put philanthropic funding and social endeavour to best use.

The Marshall Institute's activities will focus on four core areas:

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Teaching will mix academic excellence, practical learning and place-based experience. The full range will include a first class Master’s programme, short executive education programmes and other certified courses to prepare the change-makers of tomorrow.

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Public bodies, businesses and major stakeholders will be brought into the Institute: providing a global forum to convene the best thinkers and practitioners who are developing policy and innovation to tackle the world’s problems.

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Research and development

The Institute will inform and offer solutions to policy makers and practitioners. Research will investigate how philanthropy and social entrepreneurship work; and development activity will focus on providing new ventures with the knowledge that they need to succeed.

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The Institute will serve as a leading curator of data and research from around the globe, bringing together knowledge and case studies from all sectors and geographies to assist philanthropists and social entrepreneurs in achieving maximum impact.


The Marshall Institute will draw upon the exceptional global reach, expertise and resources of existing Departments, Centres and Institutes within LSE. Themes ranging from the psychology and economics of altruism to how governments can best support entrepreneurial action and investment are currently being developed.

The Marshall Institute will also build collaborative partnerships with other leading higher education institutions, influential policy makers and practitioners operating at the frontier of change. It will prioritise innovation above all else. 

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