NACC News: August 2017

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NACC 2017 Biennial Conference

“Nonprofit and Philanthropy Parables and Cases: What We Learn from the Stories We Tell”
We’d like to share some photos and thoughts from conference participants:


“Building Knowledge: Positioning Nonprofit Programs in Institutions of Higher Learning: A Colloquia”
L-R: Robert Long, Carol Brunt, Peter Weber, Patrick Rooney, and Discussant Ruth Hansen

   Amir Pasic

Amir Pasic

The NACC conference days in early August brought together eager and thoughtful minds, ready to delve into the sector’s opportunities and challenges. Les Lenkowsky, Emeritus Professor of Practice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University opened the conference with “Philanthropy in the Post-Trump Era,” and Amir Pasic, Dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, welcomed conference goers with “Navigating the Future with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.” 

   Renee irvin

Renee irvin

The opening and welcome established the basis for enlightening discussions during the sessions that followed, which included the luncheon plenary, moderated by Patrick Rooney, that explored, “Reasons for Hope and Concern for the Philanthropic Sector and Strategies for Addressing Them,” with panelists Marissa Manlove, President and CEO of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, James Morris Vice Chairman, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, and N. Clay Robbins, Chairman, President and CEO of Lilly Endowment Inc. 


"The conference provided, as usual, a great opportunity to connect with others who are growing nonprofit programs and conducting research on their own campuses. And the weather was perfect!"



“The NACC conference always has great people, great ideas and great food. This year was no exception. I think everyone had a good time and we heard some very interesting papers."
Matt Hale




 L-R:   Marco Tavanti, Renee Irvin, Stuart Mendel

L-R: Marco Tavanti, Renee Irvin, Stuart Mendel

Marco Tavanti, Professor at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management and Director of the Master of Nonprofit Administration presented, “Practicums for Nonprofit Impact: Strategic Designs for Integrating Experiential Learning and Nonprofit Consulting in Nonprofit Management Education,” and chaired “Administering Nonprofit/Philanthropy Programs Online v. On-Campus.”

Renee Irvin, associate professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management and Director of the Master of Nonprofit Management program at the University of Oregon chaired, “Administering Multiple Nonprofit/Philanthropy Degree Programs, “ and presented “Upstream Solutions to Inequality: What Role are Foundations Playing?”

Stuart Mendel, is first fellow on the NAAC board, on the Board of the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise, and engaged in social enterprise and innovation, creating the conditions for successful nonprofit organizations,  presented “Writing Nonprofit-First Cases for Research and Instruction: Drawing on the wisdom of scholars and nonprofit executives.

   L-R: Matt Hale, Will Brown, Dave Renz

L-R: Matt Hale, Will Brown, Dave Renz

Matt Hale is associate professor and MPA Program chair for the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Seton Hall University. He is president of the NACC Board and presented “Nonprofit Investigative Journalism: A Snapshot of Content and Reach.”
Dave Renz is the Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership, Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Chair of the Department of Public Affairs at the Henry Block School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City


William A. Brown, professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service, holds the Mary Julia and George Jordan Professorship, and is program director of the Certificate In Nonprofit Management at Texas A&M University. He presented “Administering Multiple Nonprofit/Philanthropy Degree Programs.”


Lilya Wagner, Ed.D., CFRE is Director of Philanthropic Service for Institutions (PSI) at the North American Division service of the Seventh-day Adventists. She presented “The Perils and Promise of Cross-Cultural Fundraising.”

“As a consultant and professional in fundraising, it was refreshing to hear about some of the research that supports actual practice.  I particularly enjoyed the report from the Milwaukee team that works with schools.  I also enjoyed reconnecting with some former students!  Well worth my time to attend.”


Crystal Evans is Assistant Professor and Curriculum Coordinator for the Masters in Nonprofit Management Programs in the College of Business and Economics at Regis University. Her research interests are the development of the sector and nonprofit workforce characteristics. She presented, “Wounded Healers: Nonprofit Employees and their Interpersonal Problems.”

“This was my first time at NACC.  I had attended other larger conferences like Academy of Management and such.  However, with those conferences, I struggled to find information that I found interesting and applicable.  With NACC, it was different. Every session had direct application to my nonprofit courses and research.  I found myself excited and energized afterward.  I look forward to the next one.”

   erin vokes  Executive director, NACC

erin vokes Executive director, NACC


Jeannie Fox, Professor of Practice and Director of Nonprofit  Management at Hamline University says of the conference, "As faculty, our work in smaller departments can be rather isolating, so I really appreciate the opportunity to gather face-to-face with my counterparts from around the country to share best practices and a sense of collegiality. Together, we make all our programs stronger!"

In her position as a weekly newswire writer for Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ), Professor Fox wrote an August 17, 2017 article, “NACC Votes for Accreditation of Nonprofit and Philanthropic Academic Programs.” To access the article, go to:


Robert Ashcraft is the Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise and Executive Director of the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University. He presented “The Forum on NACC Curricular Guidelines,” and comments, “Results of the conference is a reminder of the important leadership role NACC plays by advancing centers and programs on all fronts. This year’s conference more than delivered on NACC’s promise to convene, lead and advance our field!”


Patrick Rooney is executive associate dean for academic programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He presented in session “Administering Multiple Nonprofit/Philanthropy Degree Programs.”

He comments, “NACC’s 2017 biennial conference was a smashing success with respect to content, conversations, receptions, food, and weather!

Indianapolis has a great selection of places to eat/drink, museums and other attractions.  Attendees seemed to enjoy the walkability and conveniences of downtown Indy and the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy enjoyed being the host to the conference and to the reception in our new space.”

Angela Logan is Interim St. Andre Bassette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development and Concurrent Teaching Professor in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. She is Vice President for Membership on the NACC Board of Directors.

Message from the President

Dear NACC Members,

As that excellent communicator and scholar of daily practice, Jackie Gleason used to say ….

   matthew hale associate professor and mpa program chair department of political science and public affairs seton hall university

matthew hale
associate professor and mpa program chair department of political science and public affairs seton hall university

NACC accreditation is no longer an idea to discuss, debate and hold meetings about.  NACC accreditation is here.  At our annual summer meeting, NACC members overwhelmingly voted to start the NACC accreditation process.  The number of people who have committed a huge amount of time and effort to make this dream a reality is quite long.  However, I would be remiss without saying a special thank you to Past-President of NACC Stuart Mendel, NACC President-elect Renee Irvin, NACC membership Vice President’s Maureen Feit and Angela Logan, current NACC treasurer and former Accreditation Summit Host Will Brown and most especially our amazing Executive Director Erin Vokes.  This was truly a team effort and one that we should all be proud of.

In just the few short weeks since our historic vote, we can already feel a “buzz” that this move has created in our field.  Heather Carpenter’s excited tweet with cool hashtag about her excitement at being #intheroom was so fun to see.  Jeannie Fox wrote a front-page and widely shared NPQ (Nonprofit Quarterly) article about NACC accreditation  and I somehow, quite mysteriously became a “subscriber” to the online newsletter from the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  Hmmm.

In the coming weeks and months, NACC will start to implement our vision of what a nonprofit and philanthropy accreditation process should look like. 

A big part of this effort is reaching out and hiring staff including an Accreditation Launch Director and Accreditation Coordinator to help shepherd us through the next phases of implementation.   In addition, we will be on the lookout for people willing to serve as External Review Board Members.  If you are interested in or know of anyone interested please stay tuned to the NACC web site for more formal announcements.

Another part of the implementation effort is updating and building out the online NACC accreditation portal.  We have a DRAFT (PLEASE IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY NOTICE THAT IT IS A DRAFT) of this portal available at, where you can see a basic out-outline of the accreditation instrument.  Please feel free to let us know what you think.  You can do this by e-mailing me directly at

Finally, we will recruit programs interested in being a part of the inaugural NACC accreditation class.  Not every program will get to say they were part of the first NACC accreditation class.  So if you are interested I suggest that you e-mail our executive director (and keeper of the sign-up list) Erin Vokes at

This is an exciting time to be a part of NACC.  We should all be proud of getting to the point of making NACC accreditation actually happen.  There are many people who didn’t think we would get this far.   But that doesn’t mean the work is done, in fact it is really just beginning.  Just as we needed volunteers to help shape and frame what accreditation SHOULD like, we now need volunteers to help shape and frame what nonprofit and philanthropy accreditation WILL look like.  So please don’t be shy in stepping up to volunteer your thoughts, time and talents. 


Regarding the membership vote on accreditation, President-Elect Renee Irvin said, “Despite concerns about not being able to see several years into the future, NACC members were still clearly comfortable with NACC taking the risk of launching the pilot stage of accreditation.  I think the enthusiastic vote signals two things – acceptance of the risk involved in taking on accreditation, and recognition that our field needs the guiding presence of an accreditation system now.  Yet the vote, while strong, masks a sensible concern that we all seem to share; we want to do this right, and we recognize that this will require a lot of attention to detail and sensible management as accreditation gets off the ground.”

On My Mind
Representatives of NACC Member Institutions Speak .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .

NACC News offers an opportunity for the faculty of member institutions to present their thinking and begin an exchange of ideas about issues that affect the nonprofit sector.

How Will Academic Centers Add Best Future Value to the Nonprofit Sector?

Warning: understatement ahead!
“It’s a different world than when many of our centers began.”

   wendy scaife phd

wendy scaife phd

So what’s on my mind as a center director and nonprofit sector ‘groupie’/boundary spanner/ critic/facilitator? It’s that horizon question of where academic centers will sit in the changing ecology of the nonprofit sector. How will we add best future value in a more digital, competitive, complex and information-rich world? And how will we do that while navigating the shifting sands or our own environments as academic centers?

Alas, I have more questions than answers. But good minds of NACC members exploring these important questions could drive the academic and practice outcomes the community needs. Get these outcomes right and it follows that the missions of nonprofit academic centers remain relevant, valuable, sustainable and growing.

That’s important because our sands are indeed shifting. To begin exploring this changing role of academic centers it’s worth mentioning two of the gritty environmental forces that NACC members may be facing more often: funding swings and competition. It’s also worth considering the benefits and challenges of ‘transdisciplinarity,’ a buzzword in our country and beyond. Firstly though, more on those shifting center sands.

Funding shifts and competitive tensions
It’s been evident that many universities are navigating cutbacks and plotting new funding models as traditional sources like government constrict. Internal funding seems to be ever more biased toward harder sciences with higher stratosphere journals than our nonprofit staples. Like some in the nonprofit sector, the talk is about monetising offerings and adopting ‘freemium’ (a mix of free and premium) pricing strategies on once free information resources. Some centers are in quest of different geographic and professional markets.

Tight funding is feeding competition within and beyond academia, creating tensions for academic centers that espouse nonprofit values of collaboration and celebrating existing good work.  Traditional boundaries are blurring and erstwhile partners are becoming direct competitors. For instance, once upon a time our industry association colleagues trained, and universities educated. The turf was distinct. Now both are offering accredited qualifications and competing for executive training market share. Likewise, many industry bodies and consultants are engaging in research as well. Data scientists no longer sit mainly in academia. It is fair to say the sector is now over-surveyed and not always well-surveyed.

Evidence-based capacity building courses and tools were often the initial link of sector members to the academic part of the ecology. These are now increasingly on offer from a burgeoning consultancy layer in the ecology. They too are a potentially valuable part of the ecology and one that may well include our centers’ leading alumni. But it also seems the nonprofit sector has become a honey pot. More consultants are realising its size, scenting money to be made and entering the market. Many add real expertise to the sector. Some exploit it.

The upshot of these funding shifts and competitive elements is that a once well-defined space and contribution in the nonprofit ecology for academic centers seems fuzzier, contested and in need of a re-scope. Maybe brand ‘academic’ needs to earn new respect in this changed environment and state its link to better nonprofit futures more clearly. Therein lays a task for each center. It seems likely that transdisciplinarity may factor into this thinking more and more.


Our universities are calling on us to be more ‘transdisciplinary’ in research and teaching. Typically, nonprofit courses and centers are multidisciplinary, teaching and researching beyond a single discipline (for instance, in the one course teaching nonprofit law from a legal perspective, nonprofit fundraising from a marketing perspective and so on). Many courses and research projects might have ventured into interdisciplinary spaces (blending the different skillsets of those legal and marketing lecturers to help students consider tensions between perspectives as they examine a case and find a fresh solution). We know that transdisciplinarity strives to be even more holistic, and is well suited to the often complex nonprofit space. It embraces stakeholders with real world issues, draws together teams and thinking from all the relevant disciplines and infuses each discipline with new concepts just as those disciplines fertilise the thinking about the problem. An Australian example is students from different faculties doing real life onsite projects determined by and working with a regional Indigenous community facing interrelated challenges across health, juvenile justice, education, governance, the environment and technology. However, this meaningful effort is hampered by poor funding, and staff end up contributing their work often on top of existing workload. There’s little time to take full advantage of the transdisciplinary possibilities and the deep understanding that might arise is not fully realised.

On the research front, one successful transdisciplinary inquiry example with which our center has been involved is working with car safety researchers and sector organisations to address ‘at fault’ accident levels by drivers within nonprofit care fleets (ministers of religion, community nurses etc.) to find solutions to the human cost as well as the actuarial aspects of very high insurance premiums.

Clearly such transdisciplinary research initiatives, cross-faculty capstone subjects and work integrated learning may resonate particularly in our sector where wicked problems are often in play. The growing popularity of double degrees suggests a student thirst for a broader knowledge base and more adaptable thinking. And in this age of impact, some funders may see transdisciplinary approaches as worth the investment.

But are the university sector and its nonprofit subset geared to support transdisciplinary teaching and research? While online peer groups exist, scholarly courses for staff to develop transdisciplinary practices that support their students’ learning seem hard to find. Likewise basic tools such as a matrix of skills, teaching and research areas and interest in transdisciplinarity are an exception rather than a rule in universities. Then the question of where to publish arises because transdisciplinary journal outlets seem rare.

Perhaps networks like NACC offer the chance for a more international conversation on such challenges and possibilities. Hopefully, transdisciplinarity may be one path towards an even more valuable academic contribution in the future ecology of the nonprofit sector.

Wendy Scaife PhD is associate professor and director of the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at the Queensland University of Technology. She is the national project director of the multi-site Giving Australia research and a former nonprofit CEO.

NACC Board Members Speak . . . . . . . . . . .

   Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU), the Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise in ASU's School of Community Resources and Development and an affiliate faculty member of ASU’s School of Public Affairs.

Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU), the Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise in ASU's School of Community Resources and Development and an affiliate faculty member of ASU’s School of Public Affairs.

This feature of NACC News is intended to present the motivations of Board members as they serve the organization. They are asked to think about how they perceive their contribution to the organization and to describe their views of NACC as it is now and where it’s going in the future.   

Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU), the Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise in ASU's School of Community Resources and Development and an affiliate faculty member of ASU’s School of Public Affairs.

NACC:  a Learning, Leading, and Convening Platform

For those of us historically and deeply involved in the development and implementation of robust nonprofit and philanthropic studies curriculum, knowledge advancement and social embeddedness, NACC has been an ideal home for folks like me and enterprises like our ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. It is through NACC that possibilities exist to interact with others in similar organizations who share a desire to be relevant and impactful through our privileged positions in higher education.

NACC has a history of honoring traditional academic disciplines while also embracing places like ours that are known for innovating and trail blazing new pathways through transdisciplinary approaches. I joined the NACC board initially out of respect for all the organization was doing to advance our field. To be sure, the NACC Curricular Guidelines represent a noteworthy body of work that has made evidence-based impact. It was my pleasure to lead task groups over the years to develop and revise the guidelines. However, NACC’s reach and its benefits extend well beyond the guidelines.

I have learned from other center and program directors about every facet of running an enterprise. In fact, a lesser known but equally impactful resource is NACC’s publication, “In Pursuit of Excellence: Indicators of Quality in Nonprofit Academic Centers” which has been one of the most relevant documents produced in providing a framework for successfully designing and administering high-impact nonprofit academic centers. Moreover, NACC and its members have willingly shared resources including stories of both successes and failures that have been extraordinarily helpful to many of us in the field. NACC has helped to foster research collaborations, nurtured creative approaches to practitioner engagement in our work and, in short, helped to inform and advance virtually every facet of the enterprise I am privileged to lead at ASU.

For all of these reasons and more I continue to serve on the board to do what I can to provide NACC’s ongoing learning, leading and convening platform for those involved in advancing nonprofit and philanthropic themed centers and programs. Our center is a proud member of NACC but I am also an individual member of ARNOVA and ISTR which I deem very important. Unlike some, I see a clear distinction and value for each of these organizations to exist in an ecosystem important to academics, practitioners, funders, university administrators and other stakeholders who benefit from all that we do. For me, NACC is our Center’s one ongoing institutional membership (not individual membership) that is based upon the focus of field building from multiple perspectives at an educational enterprise level of analysis. NACC has helped greatly to nurture the advancement and sustainability of our Center and other centers and programs, nationally and globally. I will certainly do all I can as a board member to advance NACC’s mission and its impactful field-building activities.

NACC Board Members Speak . . . . . . . . .

   Stuart Mendel     Past-President     and First Fellow     of NACC

Stuart Mendel
Past-President and First Fellow of NACC

In reflecting on the recent NACC conference and as I revise my paper for review by our partner the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership (JNE&L), I’ve been thinking about NACC’s accreditation of stand-alone nonprofit academic programs and our conference call for nonprofit first case studies. 

The principle of association is a well-accepted organizing principle for community. Scholars of nonprofit and philanthropy organizations can trace – if they so choose –the origins of the institutional forms of voluntary organizations to the beginning of recorded history.  You’ll have to take my word for that because I don’t intend to prove that point in this short NACC News essay through a recap of the diverse scholarship.  Nonetheless, it has only been in the last fifty years that practices we have come to assign as distinctive to nonprofitness – volunteer governance, trust and social capital, mission fulfillment, advocacy, fund development, philanthropy, social innovation and change, social enterprise, institutional intermediation – have come to comprise the conceptual basis for an identified literature of the field, published in journals dedicated to nonprofit sector subject matter.

I make this point because the subject matter of nonprofit scholarship has typically examined the lens of users of that knowledge no matter where they sit in the field of practice.  Published business case studies invariably include nonprofit organizations illustrations to depict a particular condition or dilemma of management, leadership or governance; public management case studies typically involve nonprofit actors engaged with public sector process and community action; philanthropic case studies frequently involve nonprofits even in policy-making settings.   

This strikes me as a core concept in the nonprofit and philanthropic studies as worthy of pedagogy and why it should matter to faculty in business and public management, organization behavior, and the academic fields of applied social science.  It is a justification for a field of knowledge that, as I have written elsewhere, credits the role of nonprofit institutions in society to stimulate and enable civil society, and influence the scholarship of public, private, business and nonprofit processes and institutions. 

Nu Lambda Mu

The talent and zest for innovation that members of the NLM society represent are in clear evidence in the brief profiles of NLM members NACC News will continue to offer in each issue:


Justin Goettsch, a 2017 graduate of the University of Oregon and a member of the NLM honor Society, was recently hired as the Development Director for Volunteers In Medicine (VIM) in Eugene Oregon.  There are 88 VIM clinics around the country and each provides various health care services depending on the needs of their communities.

Justin says, “At Volunteers In Medicine I am the Development Director, in charge of securing the Annual Campaign budget which includes just about everything: direct solicitations, community presentations, donor cultivation, donor database management, and stewardship.”  VIM is a clinic that provides care for the uninsured and under-insured in Land County Oregon.  There are 88 other VIM clinics nationally that have similar missions but each adapts to the specific needs of their individual communities.

Before entering the University of Oregon, during his senior year at Hastings College, Justin attended a nonprofit conference, “Campus Leaders Today, Community Leaders Tomorrow” in Richmond, Virginia.  He recalls, “this conference sparked a passion for nonprofit work that led me to change my career path.”  Justin spent four years as a high school math teacher in Colorado before leaving to pursue the Masters of Nonprofit Management degree at the University of Oregon. 

Justin is a firm believer in the importance of nonprofits and their role in encouraging people to find ways to interact with their community in ways that bring people together.  He affirms, “The darkness of hate,  insecurity, and selfishness is out there but nonprofits bring hope and light as we continue to grow together.”


Hilary Habeck Hunt is a 2017 graduate of the Master of Nonprofit Management program at the University of Oregon, where she learned about the intersecting ecology and sociology of the Pacific Northwest. After a recent move to Portland, Oregon she accepted a position with Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc., a nonprofit neighborhood coalition that facilitates community engagement in Southwest Portland.

Hilary says, “My role at the Southwest Neighborhoods coalition is as the Watershed Resource Center Manager. My work is to inspire awareness and action on behalf of watershed health.“ Currently, her projects include neighbor workshops on mitigating stormwater issues, a watershed-themed after-school curriculum for middle-schoolers, and participating in other stewardship-focused projects and partnerships.

As a new-comer to Portland, she plans to spend her spare time volunteering on environmental justice campaigns, gardening, hiking, and deepening connections of all kinds.

NACC thanks Justin and Hillary for contributing their thoughts to the newsletter. We‘d like to hear from other NLM recipients about their nonprofit stories.

Membership News

  • The Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership  (JNE&L)has agreed to produce a special issue based on papers submitted to the NACC biennial conference, “Nonprofit and Philanthropy Parables and Cases: What We Learn from the Stories We Tell.” 

  • Please mark your calendars for the 2017 November NACC Membership Meeting on Wednesday the 15th 1 day before the ARNOVA Conference in Grand Rapids.  Look for locations and times in the next newsletter.

  • The Master of Nonprofit Administration graduating students at University of San Francisco’s School of Management presented at various national and international conferences this Summer 2017. Some presented on the international process of reclassification of nonprofit institutions (NPIs) and social sector economic contributions at the annual EMES conference Social Enterprises. Some others presented their research projects utilizing human security and social innovation solutions for refugee crisis at the IAJBS international conference at University of Namur and at The Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN). Their consultancy Practicum projects and their Capstone projects benefitted more than 18 nonprofit organizations and their findings were presented through posters and presentations to MNA alumni and nonprofit leaders of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Dr. Marco Tavanti with Julie Brown, MNA ’17 presenting a research on nonprofit re-classifications at the EMES international conference on social enterprises at Louvain-La-Nouve in Belgium. 

  • The Centre for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) announces competitive selection of participants in the VI International Summer School
    " Assessment of volunteer activities:  economic efficiency, social effect and contribution to the development of the country, regions and municipalities"

Students, graduates and researchers of civil society and the nonprofit sector from Russia, the CIS and other countries with no age restrictions are invited to participate in the Summer school.

The format of the School: lectures of Russian and foreign experts, workshops, project work of the participants in the development program of volunteer activity assessment, group projects presentation and consultation with school experts.

Time and venue: from 4 to 10 September 2017 based on the HSE (Moscow, Russia). Working language: Russian.

Participant selection is on a competitive basis. To participate you are to fill in an application form describing the plan of your research project and your enquiry letter via the link

For Information about Summer schools of previous years visit  For organization issues of the Summer school contact project coordinator of the Centre for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector Alina Zakharova by email

Job Postings

  • IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy search for Endowed Chairs

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has begun to search for two Endowed Chairs.  The two positions are described individually below.  Each position is posted separately at Indiana University.  Please be sure that you use the corresponding link to apply to each position. The search for these positions begins in July 2017 and will remain open until filled. These positions are 10-month open rank tenured or tenure-track faculty position.

Melvin Simon Chair in Philanthropy

This is an open rank and open discipline search.  The School is particularly interested in research on the following areas/disciplines:  sociology (especially organization theory); ethics of philanthropy; social entrepreneurship, and/or philanthropic fundraising, but there is also a broader interest in excellent research and teaching that will advance the field. The incumbent will conduct research and facilitate the translation of new knowledge into improved practice; create a thriving intellectual community to attract outstanding students to research and research-informed practice; expedite the assimilation of new findings to provide direct instruction to practitioners; and share emerging knowledge with practitioners worldwide through conferences, specialized training and publications.

Candidates should have a significant record in the area of philanthropic research, preferably in one of the areas listed above, though any relevant research with broad impact is highly valued.  The incumbent can be a senior professor with an established record in philanthropy or an emerging scholar with a promising research agenda.  Regardless of the rank, the faculty of the school will look for an excellent scholar who will thrive in our collegial community, engage in building the field of philanthropic studies, and demonstrate an interest in engaging current and future practitioners

Qualifications:  A Ph.D. is required but the disciplinary field is open and may be in sociology (especially organization theory); ethics of philanthropy; social entrepreneurship, and/or philanthropic fundraising or other related fields.  Teaching and research experience in philanthropic studies or related area of interest is required.

To Apply please follow this linkMelvin Simon Chair in Philanthropy

The Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, located in Indianapolis, seeks a colleague to join the faculty as an endowed chair in the area of international philanthropic studies. 

As a faculty member, The Stead Family Chair holder will provide intellectual leadership to the school and the field through active research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  The incumbent can be a senior professor with an established record in international philanthropy or an emerging scholar with a promising research agenda.  Regardless of the rank, the faculty of the school will look for an excellent scholar who will thrive in our collegial community, engage in building the field of philanthropic studies, and demonstrate an interest in engaging current and future practitioners. 

Qualifications: A Ph.D. is required but the disciplinary field is open and may be in anthropology, economics, ethics, fundraising, history, nonprofit management, political science, public policy, sociology, psychology or other related fields.  Teaching and research experience in philanthropic studies or related area of interest is required.

To apply follow this link The Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy

IUPUI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution M/F/D.  IUPUI is an urban-located research campus with an international reputation for its leadership in community engagement. With a concentration in the health sciences, it confers more professional degrees than any other campus in Indiana and is one of the state’s two leading institutions for externally funded research. Valuing candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving the conditions in higher education for under-represented students, the School encourages candidates from under-represented groups to apply. 

  • Texas A&M University
    Bush School of Government and Public Service
    Nonprofit Management Faculty Position

The Department of Public Service and Administration, Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track assistant or tenured associate professor in nonprofit management to teach in its Master of Public Service and Administration Program.  Candidates with expertise in all fields related to nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, civil society and voluntary action will be considered.  Successful applicants must have a Ph.D. by the beginning of employment in September 2018 and demonstrate evidence of a commitment to both high quality research and teaching in a professional school of government and public service.  Candidates will support the Program’s nonprofit management track. 

Applicants should send a formal letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to:

Prof. William A. Brown
Ms. Kimberly Reeves
(preferably as electronic attachments to
The Bush School of Government & Public Service
Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, TX77843-4220.

Review of applications will begin on October 1 and continue until the position is filled. 

Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities

  • Arizona State University
    College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Director, School of Community Resources and Development

The College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Community Resources and Development (SCRD), full or associate professor (with tenure), with a term commencing no later than July 1, 2018. The School is home to the array of programs that comprise the nonprofit leadership and management, philanthropic studies and social entrepreneurship themes at ASU.

Full online ad attached. Also posted at


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