NACC News: September 2017

NACC News publishes information about the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council and its members. We invite you to contribute your news and encourage you to share this newsletter with colleagues, the nonprofit community, and all others you think might find it of interest.

The Annual NACC Membership Meeting . . . .

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Please mark your calendars:
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Avenue Northwest
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
11:30 am–  4:30 pm | Reception to follow

Held in:
The Thornapple Room
Third Floor on the Conference Level of the Hotel


Message from the President

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Matthew Hale
Associate Professor and MPA
Program Chair
Department of Political Science and Public Affairs
Seton Hall University


Dear NACC Members,

As most of us face the start our academic year, it is easy to get caught up in the crazy hustle that is the beginning of a semester.  A panicked student bursts into office hours suddenly realizing he forgot to take a required course last year and yet still wants to graduate in December.  A new dean or administrator calls a pre-meeting to discuss tomorrow’s real meeting.  You and your travel agent struggle to find a cost effective way to get to Grand Rapids for a conference without doing three layovers.  Your budget office wants to know if you wouldn’t mind staying “just outside of DC” because the conference hotel rates are beyond expensive.  The journal editor sends increasingly urgent notes reminding you of the promises you made all summer to get the revisions back to her before classes actually start.  A new local nonprofit calls wondering if perhaps they can “have” one of your best students for a part-time, non-paid internship so they can develop a 5-year strategic plan, update their website, and run the volunteer program.  A donor asks if they can have “5 minutes” to just bend your ear about an idea about a new research project that will “prove once and for all” the other political party is wrong about everything.  But at least your kids are happy.  They get 24/7 XBox or other screen time because there are no more camps and middle school starts a week after your own classes do.  

It is times like these that almost everyone I know who works in our corner of the nonprofit/ philanthropy world wonders why in the world we do what we do?  If you go to the next page, you will find an answer.  

There are simply not words to describe the “On my Mind” Column written by Robbie Robichau.  In it, she describes her experiences with the recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  But what she really does is remind us all of why we do what we do and why we will still be there for the panicked students, the redundant Dean, the bean counters and the donors and, of course, most importantly our kids.  It’s what we do.

Thanks for the reminder, Robbie.  


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

NACC News offers thought pieces contributed by representatives of member institutions. The intent is to engage the faculty of member institutions in an exchange of ideas about issues that affect or reflect the nonprofit sector.

Meaningfulness in the midst of a storm                    

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Robbie Robichau
Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies
Georgia Southern University

We have all heard it before; nonprofits should be run like a business and focus more on the bottom line.  Over the years, the lines between business, government, and nonprofit have blurred. Under growing pressures to be more public-like or private-like, the true purpose and uniqueness of the nonprofit sector can be lost. What does being more nonprofit-like mean?

On August 25th, I, like most of the country watched with trepidation as Hurricane Harvey headed for the Texas coast. While we continued to watch the devastation in Corpus Christi and Rockport, Texas that followed the storm’s initial hit, I could not have imagined what equally devastating circumstances were about to come to my hometown in Southeast Texas. Affectionately referred to by the locals as the Golden Triangle, the cities of Beaumont-Orange-Port Arthur were about to get inundated by water beyond their imaginations. The National Weather Service had to add two new colors to their weather maps to designate rainfall from 20-30 inches to greater than 30 inches. It was estimated that Houston and Southeast Texas got anywhere from 40-51 inches within 48 hours (National Weather Service, 2017).

I vividly remember waking up on Monday, August 28th and going straight to Facebook-the most reliable source for local news (or fake news when you live in another state). My friends and family began posting pictures of the water either getting close to their homes or entering their homes. I was panicked. Was everyone going to get out safely? And if so, how? Local 911 operators could not answer and send rescue to the thousands of calls coming in. It only continued to get worse over the next 48 hours as the rain continued and water was released from the dams. The weather conditions were too dangerous to begin rescue operations.

Social media was ablaze with individuals trying to get rescued by any means necessary: reaching out to 911, the Cajun Navy (semi-local neighbors with boats), or any random stranger with a boat or large truck. For example, I had friends that no longer lived in Texas, seeking rescue for their loved ones that did not have access to the internet or a phone. One of the more surprising things I read online were people posting lists of cell phone numbers of good Samaritans who were out in their boats giving people and animals rides in the middle of the storm. People were fleeing to neighbor’s houses they did not even know, often to have to leave those houses for shelters, being transported by boat first, then by bus or army vehicles. The desperation was unfathomable.

   Statesboro’s Luke’s Project 11 donated money and supplies for us to make care packages.

Statesboro’s Luke’s Project 11 donated money and supplies for us to make care packages.

When Hurricane Irma threatened to affect Georgia Southern University two weeks later, we packed our truck, hastily gathered donations from local nonprofits, friends, and neighbors in Statesboro, and headed for Texas.  It was amazing to see how a community 800 miles away from Texas wanted to help out through various kinds of donations. When we arrived, I quickly realized that neither TV nor my Facebook feed accurately captured the devastation left after the floodwaters receded. What many Americans have not seen is how neighborhoods and towns were left uninhabitable. National Guard troops stood guard at neighborhood entrances to protect people and prevent looting. Curfews were instituted. The devastation was palpable, street side curbs became holding spots for the entire contents of people’s houses.  Due to the fact that the floodwater was deemed to be “black water”, nothing that it touched was salvageable.

During a tragedy, such as this, the need for the nonprofit sector and its services comes to the forefront. I was able to experience this firsthand by seeing local and national nonprofits providing relief to those most affected by the storm.

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Yard Refuse about here

Despite the controversies surrounding Red Cross, on numerous occasions during our stay, I saw Red Cross driving through the affected neighborhoods handing out cleanup supplies and MRE’s (although one friend was advised not to chew the gum). In addition, churches, whose congregations do not always think of themselves as nonprofits, were integral in the disaster relief efforts during and after Harvey. Many credit the work of faith-based organizations as being the leader during the storm and contributing 75% to the relief efforts of the National Volunteer Organizations Active Disaster (NVOAD) that works in conjunction with FEMA (Singer, 2017).  Some churches will even be hosting local classrooms for the semester as government seeks to renovate and rebuild schools. One of the most positive things to come out of this tragedy is just how willing neighbors were to help one another by offering shelter as the water rose or by helping each other clean up in the aftermath. The bonding and bridging social capital developed and strengthened from citizen’s experiences during crisis will likely have positive implications for decades.

As we drove back to Georgia after a physically and emotionally exhausting week, I was left thinking about a topic that I am currently researching: meaningfulness in public serving organizations. Along with my colleagues Billie Sandberg and Tom Catlaw, we have been examining the power of meaningfulness in why individuals choose to work for nonprofits and stay in the sector with ever increasing performance measurements and market-like pressures. We ask what makes their work meaningful to them? Meaningfulness captures the “amount of perceived or felt significance something holds for an individual” and “positive valence” cognitively and affectively (Rosso, Dekas, & Wrzesniewski, 2010, p. 94). What became evident in witnessing these nonprofits in action is that their motivations did not seem to be financial, but rather grounded in what Rosso et al. (2010) discovered to be four common sources of meaningfulness in work. Individuals find meaningfulness because of their sense of self like personal values or beliefs, by relationships with others, as the result of the work context itself like job tasks or organizational mission, or by virtue of their spirituality where work gives them a connection to something sacred or divine.

What encourages me, as a nonprofit scholar-teacher-practitioner, is the reminder of just how important the nonprofit sector is during times of crisis and for society at-large. As scholars have long argued, nonprofits fill a significant space that business nor government cannot or will not fill. They serve those in need expecting nothing in turn and bring others together to participate in those efforts. Nonprofits can bring cross-sections of the population together in unique ways to rebuild communities. These organizations accept that survival of the fittest does not make society collectively better off and lead by example through service. At a conference in D.C. this summer I bought a coin from the Holocaust Museum. It stated “what you do matters.” I share this as a reminder that as nonprofit educators, practitioners, and scholars what you do and how you do it matters! And that is meaningfulness in the midst of a storm means to me.

National Weather Services. (2017). Major Hurricane Harvey-August 25-29, 2007. Corpus Christi, Texas. Retrieved from

Rosso, B. D., Dekas, K. H., & Wrzesniewski, A. (2010). On the meaning of work: A theoretical integration and review. Research in Organization Behavior, 30, 91-127.

Singer, P. (2017, September 10). Faith groups provide the bulk of disaster relief, in coordination with FEMA. USA Today.
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Robbie working on a roof that was damaged

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People making light of a difficult situation - “Hoarder’s Rehab” sign

Greetings from the Executive Director’s desk,

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As we head into fall, one of the things I look forward to most is the re-launch of the Nu Lambda Mu application process. We’re just a few days into the application cycle and already I’ve received quite a few applications from our eager students.

Perhaps the most exciting updates we’ve introduced this semester’s application cycle is the re-vamp of the Nu Lambda Mu website and the expansion of the program in general. I invite you take a look at the updated site here. You’ll see we’ve added quite a few new features. All Nu Lambda Mu inductees are now honored and recognized in the Nu Lambda Mu Hall of Fame. NLM alumn can now also update their contact information, so we can stay connected after graduation. We’ve also added a new contact form where NLM members can send us their stories for inclusion in the Nu Lambda Mu Spotlight section of NACC News. Our grads are encouraged to share their success stories and let us know how their nonprofit or philanthropy related degrees have made a difference in their lives, careers, and communities. Last but not least, we’ve formed an exclusive Linked In NLM networking group for members-only. Here they can connect with one another, share scholarship and articles, and share job and volunteer opportunities with their fellow NLM colleagues.

From a more nuts-and-bolts perspective, we’ve also clarified the eligibility requirements and the application, enabled online payment acceptance (a new feature since 2016), and created an informative FAQ guide so students can be certain they are eligible before they pay the application fee. In the past, our website did not properly capture the many benefits of Nu Lambda Mu membership, and so this year we’ve made a point to broadcast why Nu Lambda Mu membership is such a great opportunity for our students.

After all, our nonprofit and philanthropy (and related) academic programs ultimately exist to serve our students, and the Nu Lambda Mu international honor society is a great way for NACC to have a direct and personal connection with them. Not to mention, it is a great way to build our field and pave the way for our up-and-coming nonprofit and philanthropy leaders.

I hope you’ll share this special opportunity with your students today. Their academic achievement deserves recognition, and Nu Lambda Mu provides the perfect platform for them to showcase their exemplary leadership, academic merit, and scholarly research that advances the nonprofit and philanthropy sector.


Erin Vokes
Executive Director

Nominations to NACC’s Board . . . .The Process

This year NACC is replacing one member and adding two to the Board of Directors. During the past several months the Board worked to restructure the process by which candidates for Board membership are considered. A Nominations Committee led by Vice President for Board Development & Nominations, Paul Palmer, and committee members William Brown, Douglas Ihrke, and Erin Vokes, was formed to review and improve the nominations process.  As a result of their work, we are pleased to announce three new candidates for the Board:

Heather Carpenter, Notre Dame of Maryland University
David Springer, RGK Center for Philanthropy & Community Service, University of Texas at Austin
Peter Weber, Murray State University

History: At the Board of Directors retreat on May 17, 2017, members affirmed the decision to expand the board from eleven seats to thirteen. This resulted in two new positions and one as a result of the retirement of Dr. Stuart Mendel, for a total of three.  The Nominations Committee was advised by the Board to provide diversification and to identify the next generation of nonprofit academic leaders. Following the retreat, nominees were submitted by board members, staff, and NACC reps. Of the nominees put forth, the Committee selected six candidates for consideration. Of the six, four expressed interest in joining the board.

The Nominations Committee interviewed the candidates. One candidate stepped down from the process. The Nominations Committee found all three candidates to be well-suited for board membership and recommended they be included in the November 2017 slate. The Board’s vote was unanimously affirmative. As a result, the consent slate including Heather Carpenter, David Springer, and Peter Weber will be put before membership at the annual membership meeting on November 15, 2017. Board members will assume their terms following the vote.

The nominations process for board seats 2018 will begin in June of 2018 with an open call for nominations to be distributed to full membership at that time.

Should have you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Erin Vokes at

Nominations to Consider

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David Springer
Candidate for the NACC Board

I currently serve as the Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Strategies, a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and a Fellow to the Sid Richardson Chair of Public Affairs in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. After receiving my Ph.D. in social work from Florida State University, I joined the faculty at UT Austin in 1997.

I began my professional career as a clinical social worker in community and school-based settings with adolescents and their families. Today, my research and teaching coalesce around nonprofit leadership and sustainable communities, especially at the intersection of positive youth development. This fall, I am teaching a graduate seminar at the LBJ School, Leadership as a Catalyst for Community Change, in which students develop a personal philosophy of leadership and apply it to a small-wins community building plan.  In the spring, I will teach my Freshman Seminar, The Art of Being Human: Designing a Life with Meaning, where students explore how we create a meaningful and happy existence.  

In my free time, I enjoy surfing, trail running, playing the guitar, and having fun with my family – Stephanie, Aidan (13 years), Skyler (12 years), Coco the Australian Sheppard, and Maddie the cat.    

Why I’d like to serve on the NACC Board of Directors:

A great institution of higher learning is actively engaged in and makes profound contributions to its local and global communities. Impacting and adding value to these communities, of which the university is a part, ought to be central to the academy’s mission and not a peripheral exercise of appeasement. NACC-affiliated Centers and Programs are ideally situated in this regard. In the context of increasing scrutiny, where the public ponders the value added of the university to our communities, NACC-affiliated Centers tangibly demonstrate that value. It is reflected in our mission, teaching, research, outreach, and the work of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. In short, I believe in the work that we are doing, individually and collectively, and I’d like to be more centrally engaged with the work of NACC and my colleagues.   

I am primarily interested in two key, yet related, issues.  The first is the growing role of NACC- affiliated Centers in enhancing our impact on the philanthropic and nonprofit sector through our educational programs, research, and service. Second, I’d like to contribute more deeply to the discussions and work around NACC’s exploration of accreditation in strengthening our programs and curricula.  I love to teach and mentor students. It’s why I became a professor.  Accordingly, I commit that I will view the work of NACC through the lens of an enhanced educational experience for our students.

Curriculum Vitae

  Peter Weber Candidate for the NACC Board

Peter Weber
Candidate for the NACC Board

I would be honored to serve on the board of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). I am among the first generation of scholars who “came of age” within this field as I obtained degrees in nonprofit and philanthropic studies rather than coming to the field from a topical interest or practitioner experience. This experience deeply embeds me in the ethos of the field and in the original, broad based conceptualization of nonprofit and philanthropic studies beyond the field of nonprofit management.    

I have been involved with this field for over 10 years and have directed the Nonprofit Leadership Studies program at Murray State University for the last two and a half years. I studied in one of the first European programs dedicated to the study of philanthropy at the University of Bologna with Giuliana Gemelli. This program had a far-reaching influence as it purposefully focused in the international dimension of our field. This experience – and the interaction with students and faculty from all over the world – broadened my perspective on the nonprofit sector, as well as on nonprofit education. I then earned a doctorate in philanthropic studies from the IU Lilly family School of Philanthropy, where I benefitted from the direction of my primary advisors Greg Witkowski and Dwight Burlingame, and had the good fortune of working with many great scholars.

Shortly after graduating, I accepted the position at Murray State University, which houses one of oldest programs focusing on nonprofit organizations (it was established in the mid-1980s and has historically been associated with American Humanics, now Nonprofit Leadership Alliance). Here I worked closely with one of the creators of the field, Bob Long. I took a position as director of an academic program with both undergraduate and graduate degrees and had the opportunity to participate in the shaping of this field. Joining NACC was one of my first decisions as director because I feel the growth of NACC is essential for the growth of nonprofit studies programs.

My training as a historian has directed my scholarly interest to long-term trends and principles, as well as to the contextual factors shaping and influencing philanthropic practices. As a result, I have focused on the role of philanthropy and associational life during social transformations, both nationally and internationally. I am particularly interested in how organizational and philanthropic practices are connected to the context within which they develop, and aim to influence.  

Why I’d like to serve on the NACC Board of Directors:

Serving on the NACC board would allow me to take an even more active role in institutionalization this field as I consider NACC the natural reference point of this process. I had the fortune to work with some of the field’s first generation of scholars, both in the United States and in Europe, who have had a long commitment to NACC and to building the field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies. I hope to continue this legacy and be involved in the future development of NACC by combining an attention to both the internal (managerial) and external (context and history) disciplinary foci of the field. As we move forward, I see our task in balancing on the one hand the need for internal coherence, which is part of the development and institutionalization of a field, with on the other hand the necessity to avoid providing the variety of existing programs with a disciplinary straitjacket, limiting the multiplicity and plurality of the field.

Curriculum Vitae

  Heather Carpenter Candidate for the NACC Board

Heather Carpenter
Candidate for the NACC Board

I am very honored to be nominated to the NACC Board of Directors for I am a product of nonprofit management education.  I earned a Certificate of Nonprofit Leadership from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (from San Diego State University), a Master of Management in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership from the University of San Diego. As a result of this wonderful education, I developed my passion and mission to help people run more effective nonprofit organizations and to prepare people for nonprofit careers.

For the past year I have served as Assistant Professor of Business and Nonprofit Management, and Program Coordinator of the MA in Nonprofit Management in the Business and Economics department at Notre Dame of Maryland University.  Prior to joining the faculty at NDMU, I served as Assistant Professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University, as research associate in the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at the University of San Diego, and as Operations Manager for several nonprofit organizations in California and Illinois.

My husband (John), is a commercial pilot for Spirit Airlines and we have a very vivacious six-year old daughter (Kristin) who often stops by to visit NACC conferences.

Why I’d like to serve on the NACC Board of Directors

I want to serve on the NACC Board of Directors because I want to support the organization’s endeavors in continuing to build the field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies. I believe I am a strong candidate to the NACC board due to my ongoing commitment to the organization, my research agenda devoted to the field of nonprofit management education, my previous experiences serving on nonprofit infrastructure boards, and my social media expertise.

I first learned of NACC when I attended the Benchmark 3 conference in Arizona in 2006, and I’ve been committed to the organization ever since.  I helped organize Benchmark 3.5 in San Diego and presented at subsequent NACC conferences.  I don’t think I’ve ever missed a NACC conference! I also enjoy serving on the accreditation process sub-committee and have written several opinion articles for the NACC newsletter.

My research agenda is also in alignment with NACC. I study nonprofit management education in a variety of contexts and disciplines, such as experiential education approaches used within master’s degree programs affiliated with NACC member centers (Carpenter, 2014); the impact of American Humanics on alumni career paths (Altman et. al, 2011); the impact and use of nonprofit graduate students’ applied projects on nonprofit organizations (Carpenter & Krist, 2012); and the need and use for a professional doctorate in philanthropy (Carpenter, 2016). This knowledge and background of nonprofit management education will help me contribute thoughtfully and strategically as a board member.  

My infrastructure organization board experiences (e.g., co-founding the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network chapter in San Diego, serving on the advisory board for the NGen program of the Independent Sector, and participating in the Nonprofit Workforce Coalition) along with my experiences as an operations manager for several nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area, will also help me contribute as a board member as NACC operationalizes nonprofit accreditation.   

Finally, as a NACC board member, I plan to use my social media expertise and large follower base (i.e., over 4,000 twitter followers) to strengthen the organization’s marketing efforts.  I can help raise awareness of the organization among students, faculty, and the nonprofit community.

Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to participating in NACC for many years to come.

Nu Lambda Mu
That Time of the Year . . . Applications to NLM are Now Open

NACC launched the Nu Lambda Mu international honor society to recognize dedicated graduate students pursuing a nonprofit focus in their academic studies. The two-fold mission of NLM is to advance the study of nonprofit organizations and their function in society, and to promote scholarly achievement among those who engage in these academic pursuits. Nu Lambda Mu membership is offered exclusively to students in colleges, academic centers, and programs that are members of NACC.

Applications for the fall semester will be accepted from September 18 through November 3, 2017. This timeframe is firm, so please apply online today.

To become a member of NLM a student must:

  • Be a current graduate student or possess a graduate degree or certificate from a NACC-affiliate program.
  • Be pursuing (or have earned) a master’s degree, concentration, and/or graduate certificate in nonprofit, philanthropy, and/or social entrepreneurship related studies.
  • Have completed a minimum of 50% of their required degree-program coursework, or all required coursework for a graduate certificate.
  • Hold a minimum 3.70 GPA (cumulative) at the time.

Nu Lambda Mu is highly selective. Membership in this honors society informs academic scholars, employers, and colleagues you are a superior student and a preferred candidate in the workplace. Your academic achievement deserves recognition. Nu Lambda Mu provides the perfect platform for you to showcase your exemplary leadership, academic merit, and scholarly research that advances the nonprofit and philanthropy sector. Upon induction as a NLM graduate you receive a personalized membership certificate and honor cord that will distinguish you as an honor society recipient at your graduation ceremony. We hope you’ll take advantage of this special opportunity today.

Nu Lambda Mu Spotlight

The talent and zest for innovation that members of the NLM society represent are evident in the brief profiles of NLM members NACC publishes in the newsletter.

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Ashley Manz graduated Seton Hall University’s Masters of Public Administration program in 2016, with a double concentration in nonprofit organization management and public policy, leadership and governance. “After graduating from SHU as a Nu Lambda Mu member, I continued to keep nonprofit organizations and outreach at the forefront of my priorities as a strategic communications professional,” said Manz.  Within the School of Business at New Jersey City University, I teach a Marketing Communications course. Through this, we’ve created a bank of local nonprofit organizations that the NJCU Marketing Department uses as real-world clients for students to create integrated marketing communications campaigns.”

Each semester as part of the class, Manz’s students conduct extensive research and generate strategic marketing objectives and tactics for a nonprofit organization that is normally unable to afford hiring an outside marketing firm. “I recently obtained my Accreditation in Public Relations, which is a testament to my broad experience in strategic communications and commitment to behave ethically as a public relations practitioner and professor,” she said.
Manz remains involved in many nonprofit organizations, and has recently begun to raise awareness for the National Kidney Foundation. After a close friend's niece was diagnosed with a kidney condition, she created a team for the 2017 Northern New Jersey Kidney Walk and successfully raised more than $15,000, contributing to the event's total proceeds of more than $77,000.
The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information and how to donate to the National Kidney Foundation, please visit:

  Team Rory at the Kidney Walk

Team Rory at the Kidney Walk

An Administrative Home for NACC . . . . . . . An RFP

Request for Proposal from the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council

This Request for Proposal (RFP) is issued by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) for the purpose of securing an administrative Headquarters Office for an initial period of four years with the possibility of renewal.  NACC has enjoyed the hospitality, support, and nurture of Independent Sector at NACC's inception, and subsequently from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University.

NACC Overview:
NACC is an international membership association of academic centers or programs at accredited colleges and universities that focus on the study of nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, and philanthropy. It has 51 member organizations and an annual operating budget of $60,000. The staff consists of an Executive Director, a freelance editor, and student support. The staffing is also supplemented by in-kind staff support provided by Cleveland State University, including a fiscal officer, an accountant, an administrative assistant, and a web development team. Cleveland State University provides additional contributions in the form of conference sponsorships, and in-kind contributions averaging $50,000 annually.

The RFP is extended to all members of NACC and to administrative services or consulting organizations that work with the nonprofit sector.

Interested parties must be positioned to maintain comparable and consistent operations procedures as previously set forth by the current and former Headquarter locations. Of note, respondents must adequately address how they intend to: maintain a sustainable operating budget; support staff in terms of compensation, benefits, oversight, and basic office supplies and equipment if needed; and maintain other routine operations including accounting, NACC website maintenance, conference coordination, phone conferencing services, a mailing address and phone number, honors society management, programs, and other responsibilities as deemed necessary by the NACC Board of Directors.

Deadline for Proposal: Proposals must be received by 11:59 pm PST on November 10, 2017. All proposals shall be submitted to Erin Vokes, Executive Director, at

Timeline for Decision: NACC anticipates making the decision regarding the location of its headquarters on January 2, 2018.

Format: Proposals must be submitted in PDF format with the following headings:

  1. Submitting Institution. List the name of the organization submitting the proposal, name of individual serving as point of contact, address, telephone, fax, and email address.
  2. Narrative Statement. Write a narrative statement of 500 words or less that describes why the submitting organization should be the home site for the NACC Headquarters. Please describe how NACC members would benefit from having the NACC Headquarters at your institution, and, if already identified, include the name(s), credentials, and resume or vitae of person or persons who might be available to support NACC activities.
  3. Required Conditions - General. Describe your facility and your ability to meet the following conditions: 1) Sufficient office space to accommodate a staff member, files, etc.; 2) Telephone access; 3) Technology infrastructure including internet access and email; 4) Dedicated copy machine (or reasonable access to a machine) with collating, stapling, and a minimum capacity of 20,000 copies per month; 5) Administrative systems and support including human resource management, facilities maintenance, utilities, parking; 6) A financial system that would enable the host site to serve as fiscal agent for NACC. The host site will be responsible for overseeing and managing the NACC bank account, including invoicing members and collecting revenues, collect fees from Nu Lambda Mu honor society applicants, pay vendors for supplies and merchandise, etc.
  4. Required Conditions - Staff. The host site will be the employer of record of the NACC staff. Describe what arrangements will be made for the continued employment of staff currently employed with the NACC budget, or the hiring of new staff and other staffing arrangements.
  5. Preferred Conditions. The following conditions would be beneficial but are not required: 1) A conference room, (or regular access to a conference room); 2) Technology staff available to provide changes/updates to the NACC website in a timely manner; 3) A computer with up-to-date Microsoft Office Professional software and a printer; 4) Funding support for staff, office supplies, telephone, and postage.
  6. Optional Conditions. These are conditions that would be helpful but are not required and would be secondary to preferred conditions. 1) Easy access to a major airport; 2) Proximity to other related nonprofit associations or organizations with related interests; 3) Availability of conference and meeting space for NACC membership meetings.
  7. Budget. Please complete a budget that would indicate the amount of direct and indirect contributions your institution or organization will invest in the NACC Headquarters.
  8. Letter of Support. Please include a letter confirming support for this proposal signed by the chief executive officer or the decision-making authority (i.e., President, Executive Director, Dean) of your unit of your institution or organization.
  9. Date of Occupancy. The physical move is anticipated to be on or before June 1, 2018, or sooner if mutually agreeable. Please indicate your timeline with regard to accommodating NACC.
  10. Fiscal Controls. Briefly describe the fiscal controls currently in place to which NACC would be expected to comply.
  11. Additional Information. You are welcome to submit any additional information you think will be useful in helping the task force make a decision about NACC's future location.

If you have any questions about this process or this Request for Proposal, please contact Erin Vokes, Executive Director, at, or 216-687-5271.

Membership News . . . . . . . .

  Dr Li

Dr Li

  • Grand Valley State University is pleased to welcome its newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Huafang Li.  Dr. Li graduated in May 2017 with a PhD from Rutgers University.
  • At GVSU, Huafang will teach research methods, philanthropic studies and advocacy.



  • Jeannie Fox, director of nonprofit management programs at Hamline University, was selected as a 2017 Snorri Foundation participant this summer in Iceland. Jeannie (third from the right) is shown here with the President of Iceland, Guðni Jóhannesson, at his official residence. The program, for descendants of Icelanders to North America, is designed to establish deeper ties to Iceland for these individuals in both a personal and professional manner. Jeannie has already been invited back by professors at the University of Iceland to lecture on nonprofit advocacy and lobbying and will be helping their department develop curriculum for the 2018-19 academic year.


  • The new undergraduate program in nonprofit management at The University of Central Florida has been implemented for fall 2017. The Bachelor of Arts degree emphasizes fundraising, volunteer management, ethical decision making and general nonprofit management. What makes the degree unique is that students may elect to pursue a B.S. instead of a B.A., and upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential. Enrollment for the program has been steady thus far and is expected to grow in 2018. This is the first bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management to be offered in the state of Florida. Photo represents Second Harvest Food Bank. A partner with UCF on nonprofit initiatives.
  Robin Lemaire

Robin Lemaire

  David Moore

David Moore

  • This spring, Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance (VTIPG) Senior Research faculty member David Moore and Dr. Robin Lemaire, Assistant Professor in the VT Center for Public Administration and Policy released the Roanoke Valley (Virginia) Family Self-Sufficiency Network Analysis Report.  The effort was sponsored by the United Way of Roanoke Valley to assist in its efforts to build regional collaboration and collective impact around a goal of lifting 10,000 Roanoke Valley families out of poverty by 2030.  The United Way has circulated the analysis broadly among Roanoke Valley nonprofits to help them identify opportunities to build on and expand coordinated anti-poverty work.  The report provides a snapshot of where relationships already exist among the leaders and managers of relevant agencies and nonprofit organizations and reveals opportunities for new and expanded relationships and formal partnerships.
  Mary Beth Dunkenberger

Mary Beth Dunkenberger

  Liz Allen

Liz Allen

During the past 9 months, a Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance (VTIPG) research team led by Mary Beth Dunkenberger, Senior Program Manager, and Research Associate Liz Allen, conducted an assessment process to support and inform a restructuring of Loudoun County, Virginia’s (in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. region) nonprofit grant program.  The analysis involved a review of the priority human service needs of Loudoun County, the extent to which the County’s nonprofit grant program supports the effective and efficient delivery of human services programs and development of recommendations concerning strategies to achieve a cross-sector continuum of care for Loudoun’s human services. A Project Management team representing the Loudoun County Department of Management and Budget and a steering committee comprised of County human services and nonprofit community leaders have overseen the study.  The Project team will present its final report and recommendations to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on September 20th.


  • The Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness (Cass CCE) is launching a timely new course in partnership with law firm BWB, ‘Building Financial Sustainability & Re-imagining Organizations’ to help charities become more agile and financially resilient and sustainable.

November 10, 2017 and January 17 and 18, 2018. Early bird booking until 1 October.  
Venue: Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, 9London

  Mark Salway

Mark Salway

Aimed at charity CEOs, finance directors, business development managers and Trustees, the course will focus on strategic direction and impact, developing ideas about financial sustainability, growth, implementing change, and look at how to get these ideas to take root to develop profound change.

Earlier this year the Charities Aid Foundation reported that almost one in five (18%) charity chief executives fear their organization is struggling to survive, rising to more than one in four (28%)among charities with an annual income less than £1 million. 

Mark Salway, Course Leader and Director of Social Finance at Cass CCE says, “Cass CCE and BWB have jointly developed this course in response to the tremendous financial challenges the sector is facing at a time when they are also experiencing growing pressure on their services.

The course will bring participants together over four days in late 2017 and early 2018 and will be highly interactive, allowing senior level speakers to share their practical knowledge and make lasting change in their organizations

  • The Fall 2017 semester is going well for the Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NPML) program at UM-St. Louis. Dan Sise, who has been with the NPML program for nine years, serving most recently as its Community Engagement Manager, was promoted to Interim Director of the Public Policy Administration. Dan began the new position in August, 2017. In addition to planning noncredit classes and other NPML duties, Dan now advises students, and is responsible for all of the Public Policy Administration programs.

NPML offers noncredit professional development classes throughout the year. Upcoming noncredit classes are:

  Dan Sise

Dan Sise

  • Doing Good and Knowing it, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 in the J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus).
  • Cybersecurity: A Strategic Priority for Nonprofits 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in Express Scripts Hall (on the UMSL north campus).
  • Successful Grant Writing9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 in the Millennium Student Center (on the UMSL north campus).
  • Grants Research: An Introduction to Data Resources and Grant Prospect Research 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 in the J.C. Penney Conference Center.

NPML student Nate Hilliard was recently chosen as the first recipient of the John McClusky     Endowed Scholarship in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.