By Ret Boney and Todd Cohen
Plans have been dropped to create a new institute at The Foundation Center in New York City that would have merged and expanded philanthropic and nonprofit research previously conducted there and at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Lester Salamon, who directs Hopkins' Center for Civil Society Studies and was to have headed the new Alexis Institute for Civil Society and Philanthropy at The Foundation Center, has decided to stay at the university.
'We reached the conclusion that our respective expectations and operating procedures were too disparate to come together,' he says.
Sara L. Engelhardt, president of The Foundation Center, says the merger failed because of differences over the process for 'setting of strategic priorities.'"