The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University seeks to understand, strengthen, and advance philanthropy in order to create strong, inclusive communities. Its Center for Scholarly & Creative Excellence is seeking a Research Manager 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 Research Manager, you will focus on program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative analysis, writing, and presentation support for applied research and evaluation projects.
The Research Manager works collaboratively with research associates, data analysts, and web developers at the lab as well as staff across the Johnson Center. In addition, the Research Manager builds relationships with current and potential clients and engages in public speaking and facilitation at workshops, presentations, and conferences. Key to the position is maintaining the highest standards of research quality and ethics, including collaboration with the university’s Institutional Review Board.
In addition, the Research Manager proposes research methodology (including alternative and equitable approaches to evaluation and participation), follows existing Johnson Center data protocols, suggests and implements improvements, and serves as an internal and external “evaluation ambassador” for the Johnson Center.
The Research Manager will regularly meet one-on-one with the Director of the Community Data and Research Lab, who will work closely with you and support you regarding project selection, client engagement, research, and final presentation. On-the-job training and professional development opportunities will be available.
The past decade has witnessed a whirlwind of change and uncertainty across the globe. Despite these challenges, the UK’s charitable sector has continued to make significant contributions to the philanthropic field. To thrive in this ever-evolving landscape, charity leaders must continue to adapt and develop, meeting the cascading demands of their roles.
A pioneering research project, led by the Centre for Charity Effectiveness (CCE) at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London, is taking a proactive stance by investigating the critical attributes that charity Chairs of the future will need to embrace. This ambitious initiative brings together a diverse array of thought leaders and experts in the sector to delve into this vital topic. The research methodology encompasses roundtable discussions and in-depth interviews with contributors, culminating in a thought-provoking report set to be launched in Spring/Summer 2024.
The Bayes Centre for Charity Effectiveness leads this project, with funding from the Higher Education Innovation Fund, additional sponsorship from Green Park Recruitment and support from strategic partners including the Association of Chairs and Crowe UK LLP.
Shaping Future Leadership: The project aims to provide insights that will shape the future development and recruitment of charity Chairs, ensuring they possess the requisite skills and attributes.
Sustainability and Governance: By highlighting long-term considerations for board discussions, the research contributes to the future sustainability and impact of the charity sector.
Influencing Best Practices: The findings intend to inform regulatory measures and best practice guidelines within the sector, emphasizing the ever-evolving nature of charity governance.
Value of Governance: The project underscores the critical value of effective charity governance, emphasizing its continuous evolution to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world.
A Decade of Change: Anticipating the Future Charity Chair in 2033 and Beyond
The journey of the CCE Future Charity Chair steering committee commenced in July 2023, when representatives from diverse charitable organizations convened to share their invaluable insights and experiences. Reflecting on the past decade and the profound changes witnessed, the workshop sparked discussions about the skills and attributes necessary for future charity Chairs in 2033 and beyond.
The decade between 2013 and 2023 brought seismic shifts that reshaped our world. From political transitions to technological advancements, the pace of change was relentless. We adapted to living in a state of perpetual crisis, moving from one transformative event to another. This relentless change underscores the need for the charity sector to thrive amid uncertainty, making it crucial to explore and understand the evolving role of charity Chairs.
A pivotal workshop with Good Innovation provided an opportunity to examine the disruptive elements likely to impact the sector. Representatives from various charities engaged in fruitful discussions, touching on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, climate challenges, funding dynamics, stakeholder expectations, and regulatory changes. While the sector’s diversity remains evident, common threads emerged, offering valuable insights.
Key takeaways from the workshop include the evolving nature of leadership, with discussions on movements, networks, and collaborative and generative leadership. Sustainability, succession planning, and the focus on collective impact were also central themes. Emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and ongoing personal development were highlighted, as was the importance of trust-building, vulnerability, and team empowerment. The necessity for increased diversity was recognized, including a focus on less visible forms of diversity. The increasing importance of creating social value from outside of the sector was also part of the debate, with more corporate entities seemingly entering the space once uniquely occupied by charities.
As this research project advances, with individual interviews and further roundtables, these initial findings and reflections will be explored in greater depth. For those interested in contributing or learning more, please keep an eye on the project’s website.
Alex Skailes is a senior academic within the faculty of management and Director at the Bayes Centre for Charity Effectiveness (www.bayes.city.ac.uk/faculties-and-research/centres/cce).
Alex is an experienced strategy and finance director with a successful track record of advising and leading clients in the nonprofit and private sectors. She believes passionately in the power of cross sector working. Alex has combined the first class skills and expertise gained from her earlier senior career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deutsche Bank with a period of post graduate academic study and consulting work focusing specifically on the nonprofit sector. As a result of her cross sector experiences, she is able to harness best business practise and strong commercial experience with leading edge thinking for a sector that is currently undergoing transformation.
Alex specialises in strategic and business planning, feasibility and options studies. She teaches and co-leads the main core module ‘Resource Management in the Voluntary Sector’ on the MSc Charities programme. She has a particular interest in mergers, collaborations and sustainable business models and was a founder member of the mergers and collaborations advisory group within Bayes’ Centre for Charity Effectiveness (Bayes CCE) in 2014. In 2018 Alex joined the Executive PhD programme. Her research focuses on merger and acquisitions within the social purpose organisations, an exploration of the resultant social value created and the factors that drive this form of organisational change.
As a Director at Bayes CCE, Alex leads the team of core directors and associate consultants. The team are expert in nonprofit management, have senior cross sector career experience and come from both practitioner and academic backgrounds. The Centre is a leading nonprofit and philanthropy centre in the UK and overseas and delivers a world class blend of postgraduate master (MSc) degree programmes, research, consultancy and leadership development programmes both in the UK and overseas.
Alex is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA), holds their post graduate diploma in charity accounting and has an MSc with distinction from Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) in Voluntary Sector Management. She holds a BA from University College, London. Alex is a Fellow of both the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce and the Royal Geographical Society and is a Freeman of the City of London. She is on the finance and audit committee of The Seckford Foundation, former Chair of Community Action Suffolk and is a member of the International Women’s Forum UK branch.
Dr. Winifred Curran Professor, Urban Geographer Geography and GIS, Sustainable Urban Development
School of Public Service
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences DePaul University
Dr. Euan Hague Professor, Director of School of Public Service Geography and GIS, Sustainable Urban Development
School of Public Service
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Never not Organizing: Long Resistance and the Fight Against Gentrification in Pilsen, Chicago Winifred Curran and Euan Hague
A Research Agenda for Gentrification (2023) | Edited by Winifred Curran and Leslie Kern, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Resistance is not about any one project or tactic, but rather is a constellation of practices and events that creates an alternative of what a neighborhood could be and who it should serve. This requires what we call “long resistance,” a sustained and multi-faceted engagement with community-building and contestation that utilizes a full array of tools in the community organizing toolbox, from direct action to electoral politics. In Never not Organizing, Winifred Curran and Euan Hague, Professors at DePaul University, illustrate one such case of long resistance by detailing the history of struggle at one site in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood on the lower west side. Through decades of activism around housing justice, activists have reshaped the conversation around urban development, leading to successful organization against market rate housing and the city’s commitment to build affordable housing on the site.
Offering a new theoretical framework for understanding gentrification and displacement, A Research Agenda for Gentrification focuses on resistance as the central research area in this subject field. Arguing that the future of gentrification research should focus on accomplishing the end of gentrification, chapters provide practical organizing and policy strategies using international case studies which are rooted in community-based research.
Dr. Winifred Curran is an urban geographer. Her research has focused on understanding the effects of gentrification on the urban landscape, looking at labor, industrial retention, policing, environmental gentrification and the gendering of urban policy. She is the author if Gender and Gentrification (Routledge 2018) and co-editor, with Trina Hamilton, of Just Green Enough: Urban Development and Environmental Gentrification.
Professor Euan Hague is a cultural and urban geographer with interests in gentrification, urban activism, Confederate commemoration, and cultural relationships between Scotland and America. His work examines how Chicago’s cultural and urban landscapes have developed historically and are continuing to change and he lives in that city where he regularly engages in community-based research and collaboration with local non-profit organizations. Dr. Hague’s recent work includes partnerships with the Pilsen Alliance, the Chicago Furniture Bank, and the DC-based food justice organization, Roots for Life.
Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation
ASU Lodestar Center Welcomes New Nonprofit Leadership and Management Faculty
The Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation welcomes two new faculty members to its nonprofit leadership and management faculty. Each has an appointment in the ASU Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions within the School of Community Resources & Development.
Dr. Megan Pontes Assistant Teaching Professor Arizona State University Lodestar Center
Megan joins ASU as an Assistant Teaching Professor teaching nonprofit leadership and management. She has a BS in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, MBA from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Leadership Studies focused in nonprofit and philanthropic leadership from the University of San Diego. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Diego. Megan has 13 years of experience in the financial sector and has years of experience as a board member, staff, and volunteer within the nonprofit sector. Her research interests include nonprofit advocacy for social change, philanthropy, board governance, and social enterprise.
Danbi Seo Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Leadership and Management School of Community Resources and Development Arizona State University
Danbi Seo is an Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Leadership and Management in the School of Community Resources and Development at the Arizona State University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Seoul National University, South Korea. She studies nonprofit and public management, collaboration, resourcing, leadership, and organization theory, using qualitative and process-oriented research approaches. Her work has been published in major journals and book chapters, including Public Management Review, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Public Performance and Management Review, and Policy & Politics. Before joining ASU, she worked at various centers, including the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center and the Shared Leadership Lab at the University of Minnesota, and the Asia Development Institute at the Seoul National University. She has worked with a group of nonprofit organizations and a collaboration in Minnesota as a developmental evaluator since 2015.
University of Oregon invites you to join our faculty! Two tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant professor level are open for candidates who can teach in the Public Policy, Public Administration, or Nonprofit Management fields. One position is for scholars who may have a current or future research interest in environmental administration and the other position is for scholars who may have a current or future research interest in housing and homelessness solutions. Both positions are in the School of Planning, Public Policy & Management, which hosts accredited masters degrees in public administration and nonprofit management, a competitive undergraduate major, and a doctoral program. The School is located on the beautiful Eugene, Oregon campus. Oregon is a welcoming state and we actively seek scholars who can serve our diverse student body. If you have questions about either position, we encourage you to contact the search chair, Prof. Dyana Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
Peter Weber Associate Professor and Program Coordinator Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (PNPS) Program College of Human Sciences, Auburn University
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.
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.
Dr. Kylie Kingston, Queensland University of Technology
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.
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.