Mark Sidel

Board Member

Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a specialist in the law affecting civil society, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in Asia and the United States.

Sidel served for many years in program positions with the Ford Foundation in Asia, on the program team that opened the Foundation office in China; managing the Foundation’s programs in Vietnam; and developing a regional program to strengthen philanthropy and the voluntary sector in South Asia from the Foundation’s office in India.

Sidel has consulted with and advised dozens of foundations, international NGOs, governments, aid agencies and other groups on nonprofit and philanthropic matters and legal reform in Asia and the United States. He has written widely on civil society and philanthropic regulation, self-regulation, state-society relations and related topics. Further information and publications are at