Assistant Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management, Housing

University of Oregon is hiring!

We are hiring a new position at the University of Oregon’s School of Planning, Public Policy and Management and welcome candidates who focus their research areas in Nonprofit and Public Admin/Public Policy focusing on homelessness or housing issues.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2023; position open until filled.

By |2023-08-21T14:31:05-04:00August 21st, 2023|Job Posting|

Message from the President: August 2023

William A. Brown, NACC President

William A. Brown
President, NACC
Professor, Bush School of Government and Public Service
Director, Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Director, Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Holder of the Mary Julia and George Jordan Professorship
Texas A&M University


Another academic term is starting for many of us. The academic calendar is one of my favorite parts of being a professor. The chance to start anew with renewed plans and high hopes for a successful fall. We all know things never quite come together as we plan, nevertheless we start refreshed and hopeful!

What a wonderful time we had at the 2023 Biennial Conference in Auburn, Alabama! It was an intimate group that allowed for real and significant conversations. The conference planning was impeccable, presentations and talks outstanding, and our hosts rolled out true southern hospitality. It was a wonderful week to reflect on our roles and purposes in turbulent times. I am reminded yet again how fortunate we are to build programs and foster careful dialogue on topics that contribute to some of the most important principles and institutions in our communities. The conference ended with a trip to Montgomery, Alabama where we had a historic tour of civil rights landmarks and then visited the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. These are amazing institutions – I highly recommend a visit. These institutions highlight a vital aspect of American history that I for one do not fully understand. It reflects both the higher ideals of who we hope to be and the baser aspects of human nature. A powerful afternoon. May your fall term achieve its full potential and I look forward to seeing many of you at our fall conferences.

All the best,

Signature, William A. Brown

By |2023-08-21T13:51:40-04:00August 21st, 2023|President's Message|

Peter Weber Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure, Auburn Welcomes Dr. Di Qing to Philanthropy and Financial Planning Faculty

Peter Weber, Auburn University
Dr. Peter Weber

Peter Weber
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (PNPS) Program
College of Human Sciences, Auburn University

Dr. Di Qing

Dr. Di Qing
Lecturer, Financial Planning
Auburn University

Peter Weber Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure, Auburn University Welcomes Dr. Di Qing to Philanthropy and Financial Planning Faculty

Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences proudly announces the tenure and promotion of Peter Weber to the rank of Associate Professor. Alongside this achievement, Weber will also serve as the Program Coordinator of the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (PNPS) program. Launched in 2019, the PNPS program has been instrumental in equipping students with the essential knowledge and practical competencies needed for successful engagement in philanthropic endeavors.

Weber’s research delves into the intricate intersections between private actors, associational dynamics, and philanthropic efforts, particularly during periods of political, cultural, and economic turbulence. His multidisciplinary approach draws from historical insights and contemporary analyses, providing a comprehensive understanding of civil society, international philanthropy, and democratic governance. As a multidisciplinary scholar, he has published extensively in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals, including diverse disciplinary outlets such as Voluntas, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Civil Society, and Nonprofit Policy Forum, among others.

Auburn University is also delighted to introduce Dr. Di Qing as a valuable addition to its faculty. Dr. Qing brings his expertise to the realm of financial planning, a component interwoven within the university’s nonprofit program curricula. As a Lecturer at Auburn University, Dr. Qing will spearhead financial planning courses, offering students insights into estate planning, retirement strategies, and fundamental financial principles.

Dr. Qing’s expertise well aligns with Auburn University’s commitment to philanthropy and charitable giving. His research specialization in charitable giving adds a unique dimension to the educational experience, enhancing students’ understanding of how financial planning and philanthropy intersect to create meaningful societal impact. Additionally, Auburn University is in the process of establishing a Certificate in Financial Planning program under Dr. Qing’s coordination.

By |2023-08-14T16:15:22-04:00August 14th, 2023|Member News|

University of Texas at Dallas Introduces New Undergraduate Minor and Certificate in Nonprofit Management

University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Elizabeth Searing

Dr. Elizabeth Searing
Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management
School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas

University of Texas at Dallas Introduces New Undergraduate Minor and Certificate in Nonprofit Management

The University of Texas at Dallas is proud to announce the launch of its latest academic offerings, the Undergraduate Minor in Nonprofit Management, and the accompanying Undergraduate Certificate program. Historically recognized for its exceptional graduate education in nonprofit management, the Public and Nonprofit Management Program within the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences is now extending its expertise to the undergraduate level, further cementing its commitment to nurturing socially conscious leaders.

Commencing in the upcoming Fall 2023 semester, the Undergraduate Minor in Nonprofit Management presents an exciting opportunity for all UT Dallas undergraduates, regardless of their major, to delve into the dynamic world of nonprofit organizations. This program offers students a chance to enrich their educational journey by acquiring valuable insights and skills related to nonprofit operations, social impact measurement, and resource development. Collaborating with peers from diverse academic backgrounds, participants will engage in a comprehensive curriculum that empowers them to effectively contribute to the nonprofit sector and drive meaningful change within their communities.

The program’s innovative courses encompass a spectrum of relevant subjects, including Managing Nonprofit Organizations, Measuring Social Impact, Starting a Nonprofit or Social Enterprise, Human Resources Management, and Resource Development for Nonprofits. Designed to foster a holistic understanding of nonprofits and other organizations striving for social impact, these courses will empower students to seamlessly integrate their distinctive interests and major-specific training into their nonprofit studies, equipping them with practical, real-world proficiencies that transcend traditional academic boundaries.

By |2023-08-16T14:55:35-04:00August 14th, 2023|Member News|

Advancing Beneficiary Accountability Through Research: A Conversation with Dr. Kylie Kingston

Dr. Kylie Kingston, Queensland University of Technology
Dr. Kylie Kingston

Dr. Kylie Kingston
Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accountancy
Queensland University of Technology

Advancing Beneficiary Accountability Through Research: A Conversation with Dr. Kylie Kingston

Dr. Kylie Kingston, a dedicated lecturer and emerging researcher within the School of Accountancy at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), has been making significant strides in the realm of nonprofit studies. With a rich background spanning two decades in diverse educational settings, Kylie’s journey has been driven by a fervent commitment to improving the conditions of marginalized individuals and stakeholder groups. Her interdisciplinary and collaborative approach has resulted in a body of research that intertwines critical perspectives on accounting, accountability, evaluation, ethics, and education, yielding insights that hold immense value for the nonprofit sector.

Kylie’s journey into academia was shaped by her profound experiences working and volunteering in various nonprofit organizations. She identified a crucial gap in the voices of beneficiaries and their influence within these entities. This realization kindled her interest in pursuing a doctoral degree to delve deeper into beneficiaries’ participation in evaluation, with the aspiration of enhancing their impact within organizations.

Her path led her to QUT, where she continued her pursuit of knowledge and exploration. Having completed a coursework Master of Business at QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS), Kylie’s association with the institution kindled her passion for research and set her on a trajectory to become a leading scholar in the field.

Kylie’s recent research paper, “Examining the re-territorialisation of beneficiary accountability: Digitising nonprofit services in response to COVID-19,” delves into the evolving landscape of nonprofit accountability amidst the pandemic. This comprehensive study, conducted through case studies of Australian nonprofit organizations, explored the repercussions of digitizing services in response to the pandemic. The research found that digitalization had both positive and negative impacts on beneficiary accountability, shedding light on the intricate dynamics between technology, service delivery, and stakeholder engagement.

Surprisingly, one organization witnessed an improvement in accountability through digitalization, as it extended access to services for beneficiaries, particularly those in regional areas. In contrast, another organization revealed a longing for the return of face-to-face interactions despite the digital offerings. These findings underscore the importance of considering the diverse needs and preferences of beneficiaries while navigating digital transformations.

Dr. Kingston’s work has far-reaching implications, urging nonprofit organizations to critically assess the consequences of unexpected changes on their beneficiaries and accountability practices. Her dedication to empowering marginalized voices continues as she delves into further research, interviewing older individuals and staff in the Australian aged care sector to refine practices and policies surrounding beneficiary participation in evaluation.

Dr. Kylie Kingston’s trajectory exemplifies the profound impact that dedicated research can have on the nonprofit sector, amplifying the voices of those often unheard and fostering more inclusive and accountable organizational practices. Her commitment to advancing the field through interdisciplinary collaboration and critical inquiry serves as an inspiring model for aspiring academics, researchers, and administrators within the nonprofit domain.

Our full interview with her is below.

Q&A with Dr. Kylie Kingston

What interested you in pursuing a doctoral degree? What interested you in philanthropy and nonprofit related studies? 

My interest in pursuing a doctoral degree arose from my industry experience working and volunteering within a variety of nonprofit orgainsations. Here I noted that beneficiaries frequently had less voice (both verbal or non-verbal) within organisations than other stakeholders, and I was interested in researching ways that might be changed. My doctoral research focused upon beneficiaries’ participation in evaluation as a way of increasing their organisational impact.

What made you decide to attend QUT? How has your experience at QUT influenced or advanced your career path and/or your service to your community?

I chose QUT for my doctoral studies because I had completed a coursework Master of Business at their Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS). Involvement with the ACPNS spurred my interesting gaining research qualifications to become a researcher within this area.

What issues are you passionate about? What’s a big idea you think about?

I am passionate about beneficiaries being listened to and their voices (both verbal and non-verbal) impacting services they receive and organisations they are involved with. I often think about how we can do this better for beneficiaries that are non-human, like animals or the environment.

What would you like to share about your recent research article, “Examining the re-territorialisation of beneficiary accountability: Digitising nonprofit services in response to COVID-19”?

This research focusses upon accountability toward beneficiaries within nonprofit organisations. The research involved case studies within two Australian nonprofit organisations where changes in accountability toward beneficiaries, in response to the digitalisation of services during the COVID-19 pandemic, where noted. We explored the impact of these digitalised changes upon beneficiaries as we wanted to understand if beneficiary accountability was improved or hindered during this period.

Our findings revealed unexpected results, where accountability was improved within one organisation where online services enabled more beneficiaries, particularly those living within regional areas, to be able to access services. Here beneficiaries hoped that newly digitalised services would continue after COVID-19 had ended. Within the other organisation studied, digitalised services allowed beneficiaries to continue their connection to the organisation even when it was shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions. But in contrast, these beneficiaries were eager to return to former face-to-face services as soon as possible.

These findings are relevant to both academic and practitioner audiences, as they highlight both benefits and limitations of digitalising services. The findings encourage nonprofit organisations to reflect upon how they respond to unexpected change (such as that caused by COVID-19) and to seriously consider the impact upon their beneficiaries and accountability relations.

What other research are you working on, and/or what do you hope to research next?

I am currently furthering my PhD findings in relation to beneficiaries’ participation in evaluation through conducting research within the Australian aged care sector. I am interviewing older people using aged care services and staff, to better understand their views on evaluation, and hopefully impact upon practice and policy refinement.

Dr. Kylie Kingston is a lecturer and early career researcher within the QUT School of Accountancy. Her research focuses on exploring ways to improve social and organisational conditions for marginalised people and stakeholder groups. Kylie integrates critical perspectives on accounting, accountability, evaluation, and participation, into organisational practices and policies. Kylie’s research is interdisciplinary and collaborative. She has a 20-year background working in diverse educational settings and engages in research that spans accounting, accountability, evaluation, ethics, and education.

By |2023-08-14T14:27:04-04:00August 14th, 2023|NACC Member Research|

Exploring Nonprofit Education Impact: The Nonprofit Education Survey Project

Amanda J. Stewart, North Carolina State University
Nonprofit Education Survey Project logo

Exploring Nonprofit Education Impact: The Nonprofit Education Survey Project

The Nonprofit Education Survey Project (NESP) is a joint project between Kerry Kuenzi, Amanda J. Stewart, and Marlene Walk. The collaborative project began in 2017, and has compiled research evidence about nonprofit education alumni and outcomes.

Early works of the project focused on the profile of nonprofit graduate alumni, the role of nonprofit graduate education as a workforce pipeline for the nonprofit sector, and how nonprofit alumni think of their graduate degrees, including if school debt detracts from nonprofit sector commitment. More recent research has investigated the effect of COVID-19 on nonprofit graduates and how these workers fared during the pandemic.

NESP has partnered with 10 graduate programs to-date, and welcomes others who are open to surveying their alumni to understand the utility of their degree and how alumni use the degree in their work. NESP’s current research inquiry has engaged nonprofit executive recruiters to understand how they view nonprofit degrees as important to executive appointments.

Kuenzi is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and has her PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado, Denver. Stewart is an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University and has her PhD in Public Administration from American University. Walk is a faculty member at the School of Business and Economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany) and has her PhD from the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

By |2023-08-15T13:53:45-04:00August 14th, 2023|NACC Member Research|
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