Celebrating Two Years of Progress – A Message from Your Board President: October 2023

William A. Brown, NACC President
Dr. William Brown

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

Celebrating Two Years of Progress

I hope this message finds you in good health. It is with a profound sense of gratitude that I write to you today, marking the conclusion of my two-year term as your Board President. I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve alongside a dedicated group of individuals who make up our vibrant community. I want to express my appreciation to everyone for your continued support and engagement.

During my term as Board Chair, I have witnessed firsthand the dedication and remarkable efforts of our members, who have worked to enhance the value and experience of being part of our association. From organizing engaging events and educational programs to fostering an environment of inclusivity and camaraderie, our collective achievements are a testament to what a dedicated group of individuals can accomplish.

I have every confidence that, under the capable leadership of Angela Logan incoming President, the board, and Nicole, our association will continue to flourish and thrive. Texas A&M University has committed to continuing to serve as the institution home of NACC for another four years. Thank you for your trust, your dedication, and your enduring commitment to our shared vision. I look forward to staying connected with you all in the months and years to come and witnessing the continued growth and success of NACC.

Warm regards,

Signature, William A. Brown

Will Brown
Outgoing Board President, NACC

By |2023-10-23T13:45:42-04:00October 19th, 2023|President's Message|

“Maintaining Hope for a Better Future:” An Interview with Dr. Crystal Felima

Mark Schuller, Northern Illinois University
Mark Schuller, PhD

Mark Schuller, PhD
Acting Director of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies, Presidential Research Professor of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University
Affiliate, Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti

Crystal A. Felima

Crystal A. Felima
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African American & Africana Studies
University of Kentucky

“Maintaining Hope for a Better Future:” An Interview with Dr. Crystal Felima

Dr. Mark Schuller, et. al.

Annals of Anthropological Practice, August 2023

Crystal Felima, Abigail DeeWaard, Clara Barbier, Erica Cano-Garcia, Gonzalo Jeronimo, Nari Coleman, Nataliya Hryshko, Mark Schuller

“This piece not only offers advice to students about how to maintain activist engagement within the academy, but I love how this is coming from students themselves. Undergraduate students have lots of amazing things to say! With proper encouragement students *can* publish in peer reviewed journals. I’m so inspired by them.”
–Dr. Mark Schuller

While anthropologists have played roles speaking out for marginalized groups, formalized to combat Antisemitism, racism, and xenophobia, they have also aided in the marginalization and oppression of communities, justified colonialism, and put the communities they have studied at risk. In recent decades, anthropologists have rethought the way research is conducted, presented, and justified to reduce harm to communities. Despite these shifts, anthropological training has been slow to include activist work by women of color and other marginalized people, leaving anthropologists-in-training with limited concrete guidance on how to apply their anthropological lens to social justice.

Addressing this gap, this article centering a Black feminist analysis offers an interview conducted between anthropology students and a professor of anthropology, giving insights into how anthropological thought can be applied to activism and advocacy. Centering Black feminism is not only important to redress historical marginalization within the discipline. By centering the lives of marginalized people within an intersectional lens, Black feminist analysis provides a mandate to rethink theoretical models, such as political ecology, the dominant frame anthropologists have used to address disasters and climate change. Also importantly, centering Black women’s bodies and embodied experience uncovers the urgent necessity for self-care during fieldwork. Prof. Felima embodies both these challenges, and offers candid advice to students, inspiring a two-way dialogue.

NACC Member Representative

Mark Schuller is Acting Director of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies as well as Presidential Research Professor of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti. Supported by the National Science Foundation Senior and CAREER Grant, Bellagio Center, and others, Schuller’s research on NGOs, disasters, globalization, and gender in Haiti has been published in fifty peer-reviewed articles or book chapters as well as public media. He authored or coedited eight books including Humanity’s Last Stand. He is co-director / co-producer of documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (2009). Schuller is co-editor of Berghahn Books’ Catastrophes in Context and University of Alabama Press’ NGOGraphies. He is Co-Chair of the Risk and Disaster Topical Interest Group at the Society for Applied Anthropology and Secretary of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology. Recipient of the Margaret Mead Award, the Anthropology in Media Award, and the Haitian Studies Association’s Award for Excellence, he is active in several solidarity efforts.

By |2023-10-23T13:46:44-04:00October 19th, 2023|NACC Member Research|

Global Generosity During the COVID-19 Crisis: Recommendations for Philanthropic Organizations and Governments in Times of Crisis from 11 Countries

Irina V. Mersiyanova, Centre for Studies of Civil Society and Nonprofit Sector
Irina V. Mersiyanova

Irina V. Mersiyanova
Associate Professor and Director
Centre for Studies of Civil Society and Nonprofit Sector, Head of the Chair Economics and Management of NPOs, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Global Generosity During the COVID-19 Crisis: Recommendations for Philanthropic Organizations and Governments in Times of Crisis from 11 Countries

Irina V. Mersiyanova, et. al.

IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, September 2023

Hampton, D., Wiepking, P., Chapman, C., McHugh, L. H., Kim, S. J., Neumayr, M., Vamstad, J. Arnesen, D., Carrigan, C., Feit, G., Grönlund, H., Hrafnsdottir, S., Ivanova, N., Katz, H., Kristmundsson, Ó. H., Litofcenko, J., Mersianova, I., Pessi, A. B., Scaife, W., Sivesind, K. H., and Yang, Y. (2023). Global generosity during the COVID-19 crisis. Recommendations for philanthropic organizations and governments in times of crisis from 11 countries. Indianapolis, IN: IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

“This study contributes to an increased understanding of philanthropy, especially in times of crisis, by studying the conditions under which such behaviors may be threatened or promoted across different countries and cultures.”  –Global Generosity in Times of Crisis Project – Executive Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic presented a unique opportunity to undertake a cross-national study of how people living in different countries manifested generosity behaviors during the crisis. Cross-national data allow us to consider how generosity presented in countries with various welfare and health systems, as well as varying public and private responses to manage the effects of the pandemic. The present study also provides valuable insights about which actions philanthropic organizations and governments can take to promote a strong, viable social sector and to support societal wellbeing during times of crisis.

To this end, philanthropy researchers across 11 countries studied the generosity responses emerging in their own country during the early COVID-19 crisis in 2020. The 11 countries included in this project are Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Sweden, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America. In 11 individual country reports, the researchers compared generosity behavior data for their country with data from the other participating countries.2 Second, they expounded what both philanthropic organizations and governments could learn from the findings, with the goal of facilitating people’s future generosity responses more effectively, especially during crises.

A survey of over 44,000 people across 11 countries showed a predominance of monetary donations to philanthropic organizations during crises, with notable variations in the beneficiaries of donations among different nations. Despite overall stability in giving compared to pre-pandemic times, the consistency was due to non-donors pre-pandemic continuing not to donate, while those who donated before were likely to either increase or decrease their donations during crises. Factors such as pandemic uncertainty or personal financial issues influenced some donors to decrease their donations, while paradoxically, others increased their generosity amid similar challenges. The authors advise philanthropic organizations to prioritize key actions to optimally support community needs during crises. More detailed information and specific recommendations can be accessed by reading the full text.

By |2023-10-19T12:59:11-04:00October 19th, 2023|NACC Member Research|

Here’s What We See: Competency-Based Education Can Solve the Nonprofit Disciplinary Conundrum

Dorothy Norris-Tirrell and Susan Tomlinson Schmidt
Dorothy Norris-Tirrell, PhD

Dorothy Norris-Tirrell, PhD
Vice President of Programs and Research
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, ACNP

Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, ACNP
Content Specialist, Early Childhood Innovation Center
University of Missouri, Kansas City

Here’s What We See: Competency-Based Education Can Solve the Nonprofit Disciplinary Conundrum
Dorothy Norris-Tirrell and Susan Tomlinson Schmidt

Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, October 2023

Multiple disciplines and numerous theoretical foundations built the basis for study of nonprofit organizations. This article explores the disciplinary debate with data from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance about the majors of students earning the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential over the last 10 years. Our analysis suggests that with a focus on the competencies needed for practice, nonprofit education works in any discipline. Embedding a competency-based, applied pedagogy allows many disciplines to ensure successful outcomes for students.

Dorothy Norris-Tirrell, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Programs and Research for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance – a national network of 50 universities and national nonprofit partners working to create a talented and prepared nonprofit workforce. In this position, Dr. Norris-Tirrell facilitates the development of programs to develop strong nonprofit leaders. Her previous experience includes over twenty years as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Memphis and the University of Central Florida. Dr. Norris-Tirrell’s teaching and research focused on nonprofit organization leadership, governance and resilience, volunteerism, and cross-sector collaboration. Her research is published in the book, Strategic Collaboration in Public and Nonprofit Administration, and in book chapters and journals including the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, American Review of Public Administration, International Journal of Public Administration, and the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. Dr. Norris-Tirrell has extensive experience as an agency manager, board member, consultant, and volunteer for a wide range of nonprofit organizations.

For her work in connecting student learning, nonprofit agency needs, and academic knowledge, Dr. Norris-Tirrell received the 2009 University of Memphis Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award, and the 2014 Don Pugliese Award from the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration. She received a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida International University.

Susan Tomlinson Schmidt has spent more than 30 years of her career advancing the missions of a variety of service organizations, by focusing on building capacity through partnerships with universities and their local communities.

Currently, Schmidt is a senior advisor to the Executive Director of the Early Childhood Innovation Center (ECIC) at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. ECIC is part of the Institute for Human Development. The Center supports a range of community-based programs that lift the quality of the early childhood workforce across the State of Missouri.

Previously, Schmidt was President of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a national network of professionals, nonprofit organizations, and universities building capacity in the nonprofit workforce. While there, she successfully introduced several key initiatives, Leaderosity, a robust, virtual professional development platform. Leaderosity trains as many 15,000 nonprofit professionals annually reaching across the globe to provide targeted training in nonprofit leadership. Schmidt’s leadership in converting the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) program from an analog, B2B model to an innovative, virtual, B2C model increased access and affordability to earning the nationally recognized workforce credential.

She received her master’s in public administration from the University of Memphis and is an Advanced Certified Nonprofit Professional.

By |2023-10-19T11:41:41-04:00October 19th, 2023|NACC Member Research|

NACC Celebrates Outgoing and Incoming Board Members

As we bid farewell to our outgoing board members, we extend our deepest gratitude for their invaluable contributions, dedication, and guidance that have steered our organization towards success. Their legacy will remain an integral part of our journey.

John Casey
Baruch College
City University of New York (CUNY)

Renee Irvin
Past President
School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management
University of Oregon

Alicia Schatteman
Vice President of Governance
Center for Nonprofit & NGO Studies
Northern Illinois University

David Springer
RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service
LBJ School of Public Affairs
University of Texas at Austin

At the same time, we warmly welcome our new board members, trusting in their fresh perspectives and expertise to lead us into the future. We look forward to forging new paths and achieving greater milestones together.

Nathan Grasse
Associate Professor
School of Public Policy & Administration
Carleton University

Ruth K. Hansen
Assistant Professor
Whitewater College of Business & Economics
University of Wisconsin

Genevieve Shaker
Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies
Donald A. Campbell Chair in Fundraising Leadership
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Ellen Winiarczyk, EdD
Academic Director and Teaching Assistant Professor
Nonprofit Leadership Master’s Program
University College, University of Denver

By |2023-10-19T11:29:24-04:00October 19th, 2023|NACC Announcement|

Student Spotlight: Meet Joshua Carley

NACC, Texas A&M University
Joshua Carley

Joshua Carley
Program Coordinator, NACC
Nonprofit Management Student
Bush School of Government & Public Service
Texas A&M University

Student Spotlight: Meet Joshua Carley, Program Coordinator for NACC

Carley is a dedicated second-year Nonprofit Management student currently pursuing his master’s degree in Public Service & Administration at the Bush School of Government & Public Service. Carley is currently serving a local tourism organization as a Bush Board Fellow and is the student worker for NACC. Carley is deeply interested in cultivating and sustaining diverse community spaces, specifically focusing on looking at museums and local destination sites as areas of egalitarianism.

This past summer, Carley had the opportunity to explore both Washington D.C. and New York City to visit tourism nonprofits that represent our nation’s busiest cities. “The issues that face our world and tourism today deal heavily with how we can remain environmentally respectful of the space we travel. Organizations like Destination D.C. are leading the way in developing sustainable tourism that positively impacts the local culture and environment.” Carley looks forward to finding ways to scale these practices into his local community of Bryan/College Station and leave a green impact on tourism in Aggieland.

Upon graduation, Carley seeks to continue working with tourism nonprofits to help facilitate safe, sustainable, and exciting programming for locals and visitors alike.

By |2023-10-23T13:48:47-04:00October 19th, 2023|Member News|

Project Manager

The Johnson Center for Scholarly & Creative Excellence at Grand Valley State University seeks a Project Manager to join a multidisciplinary team of professionals. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position, located at our offices on the Pew Campus at GVSU, with the opportunity for flexible work arrangements according to the GVSU remote work policy (see Salary and Benefits and ADA sections below).

As a Project Manager, you will support external and internal consulting, research, and operational projects. The Project Manager position will plan and implement project timelines, identify staff and other necessary resources, maintain clear client communication, and ensure quality, on-time, and within-budget deliverables. The position reports to the Director of Strategy and Planning and will support this Director as needed.

By |2023-10-18T15:21:58-04:00October 18th, 2023|Job Posting|

Data Architect

The Johnson Center for Scholarly & Creative Excellence at Grand Valley State University is seeking a Data Architect to join an interdisciplinary team of social science and information technology professionals. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position with the center’s Community Data and Research Lab, located at our offices on the Pew Campus at GVSU, with the opportunity for flexible work arrangements according to the GVSU remote work policy (see Salary and Benefits and ADA sections below).

As a Data Architect, you will focus on defining and implementing the data architecture to support research, evaluation, and technology projects across the Johnson Center.

This role works collaboratively with the organization’s team of researchers, data analysts, and web developers. In addition, the Data Architect helps build relationships with clients and supports the identification, development, and delivery of client projects. Key to the position is a strong foundation in system design and development, strict adherence to data quality and security, and a desire to leverage these skills to support effective philanthropy and advance the common good.

As a member of the Johnson Center’s Community Data and Research Lab, this position’s responsibilities may include designing databases, defining ETL pipelines, and assisting with data processing to feed web-based dashboards and reports. In addition to project work, the role is responsible for proposing new data storage solutions and suggesting and implementing improvements to the current infrastructure. Current data infrastructure includes PostgreSQL databases hosted on-premises in a Windows environment, with a move to the cloud on the horizon. The position reports to the center’s lead of technical services.

By |2023-10-18T15:18:52-04:00October 18th, 2023|Job Posting|

Assistant or Associate Professor / M.S. in Nonprofit Administration Program Director

The Institute for Nonprofit Administration & Research at Louisiana State University in Shreveport seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor (starting 2024) who also will serve as the Program Director for the Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration.

Assistant or Associate Professor / M.S. in Nonprofit Administration Program Director

The MSNPA Program Director performs under a 9-month contract overseeing a 33-hour graduate program designed to matriculate students within a year of entering the program. Teaching load is 4 courses within an academic year, including an expectation that one of those will occur during the summer term for which the PD will receive additional compensation commensurate with university policy for summer teaching. The Director will oversee the MS in Nonprofit Administration program, serving our students by (a) ensuring our curriculum remains consistently relevant and connected to Nonprofit Academic Centers Curricular Guidelines, (b) conducting coherent and instructive advising as necessary, and (c) helping assemble, develop and maintain instructors who bring exceptional insight and passion to the courses they teach. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Institute and working with the Manager of Operations/MSNPA program advisor, the MSNPA Director also will participate in connecting students to nonprofit organizations for internship and job opportunities. The Program Director is responsible to keep the MSNPA program aligned with NACC accreditation standards. There is an endowed professorship that is associated with the position.

The faculty member will be expected to be involved in service through the university, community, and profession as outlined in the Faculty Performance annual reporting done by LSUS. The departmental service expectations include participating in INAR staff meetings and attending INAR-sponsored events and conferences. The faculty member also can facilitate workshops and conduct consulting through INAR (any employment or consulting outside of INAR) must be pre-approved.

In addition, the faculty member will be expected to maintain an active nonprofit-focused research agenda. The faculty member may initiate, lead, and participate in INAR-sponsored research studies and supervise two Graduate Research Assistants.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Nonprofit Administration, Management, Leadership (or similar)
  • Strong familiarity with best practices in online, graduate-level instruction
  • Previous experience as a program director, or in a coordinator capacity in a university environment
  • Previous paid experience working within a nonprofit organization environment

Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in Nonprofit Administration, or at the discretion of the Search Committee, one that is sufficiently associated with Nonprofit Administration
  • Track record of scholarly research
  • Demonstrated ability to teach well in an online platform as well as a traditional classroom environment


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and 3 references to the Search Committee Chair, Heather Carpenter heather.carpenter@lsus.edu. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2023.

By |2023-10-02T13:38:07-04:00October 2nd, 2023|Job Posting|
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