A Message from Your Board President: April 2024

Angela R. Logan, NACC President
Angela R. Logan, PhD

Angela R. Logan, PhD
St. Andre Bessette Academic Director,
Master of Nonprofit Administration

Associate Teaching Professor,
Mendoza College of Business
University of Notre Dame

Spring is in the Air

Hello! The calendar says it’s Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. In the northwest corner of Indiana, that can only mean one thing: I am simultaneously dealing with high pollen count days and freeze warning nights! LOL!

In all seriousness, it’s also a great time in the life of our programs: Commencement season is upon! We get to witness the time-honored tradition of the culmination of all the blood, sweat, and tears we have endured right alongside our students to get them to this point! We welcome the newest members of Nu Lambda Mu, and meet the loved ones of our students. Faculty promotions and teaching awards are also announced, and we are recognized by our students and institutions for our commitment and dedication.

For me, Spring is also a time of reflection and renewal. As a new homeowner, that means I’ve been thinking a lot lately about planting flowers, building container gardens, and welcoming slower days and patio nights. In the Christian tradition, we speak of “seed-time-harvest.” As the granddaughter of a farmer and a gardener, I learned early that you should not expect to see peppers the day or even the week after you plant them. Good things take time, attention, and care.

Our work in nonprofit and philanthropic education is no different: when our students come to us, we cannot expect them to understand de Tocqueville at Orientation. It takes time, attention, and care to get them to understand the “Four-Legged Stool of Fundraising” or how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need impacts volunteerism. We teach our students that cultivating donors requires “seed-time-harvest:” rarely do major gifts precede annual gifts.

Good things take time, attention, and care … especially us! I hope in this season of celebration and renewal, you are able to give yourself the time, attention, and care you need to flourish and bloom! Right now, that means I’m going to sit on the deck and enjoy the sun!

Congratulations: we survived another academic year! Go get some sun!

All the best,

Angela R. Logan
Board President, NACC

By |2024-04-22T13:02:10-04:00April 22nd, 2024|President's Message|

A Message from Your Board President: February 2024

Angela R. Logan, NACC President
Angela R. Logan, PhD

Angela R. Logan, PhD
St. Andre Bessette Academic Director,
Master of Nonprofit Administration

Associate Teaching Professor,
Mendoza College of Business
University of Notre Dame

What’s Love Got To Do With (Our Sector)?

Hello! This month, inspired both by Valentine’s Day and the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the late, great Tina Turner, I’ve been thinking a lot about the age-old question: What’s love got to do with it, specifically, our sector? When I think about this question, I reflect on both my formal and informal connections to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. While my formal journey into the study of philanthropy began 20 years ago in Dr. Dwight Burlingame’s course, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (or, as we called it, “521’), my informal journey began decades earlier… in my childhood home. There, my parents instilled in me their own version of the Muhammad Ali quote, “Service to others is the rent you pay for the room here on earth.” Except, in my parents’ case, the quote was more like, “Service is the rent you pay for your room in this house.” In DB’s class, I learned about the Promethean Myth and Alexis de Tocqueville. On Elizabeth Drive, I learned about The Good Samaritan and my parents’ roles in the US Civil Rights Movement. Dwight gave me one of the staples of our field, Giving USA. Richard and Terry gave me staples of my culture, Jet Magazine and Ebony Kids.

Although they may have shown up in different forms, in both of those spaces, I constantly interrogated the true meaning of “φιλανθρωπία:” “love of humanity.” Whether it was giving my old toys and clothes to families in need, participating in Girl Scouts, or receiving a scholarship to attend my UG alma mater, my life was marked both by the impact of my own service and by the generosity of others. When I sat in 521, I began to piece together how acts of generosity were connected across time. What inspired my Girl Scout troop leader to work with me, 25 years after her husband led my father’s troop? What role did Black churches play in supporting the formerly enslaved, like my maternal great-grandmother, and how did that support change over time, to help my mother go to college? How did the work of Black Greek Letter Organizations, the majority of which were founded in the early 1900s, influence political activism as recently as the US Presidential election of 2020?

Similar to my own experiences, our students come to our classrooms with a lifetime of firsthand knowledge and experience of “φιλανθρωπία:” their faith communities, early childhood center, club participation, scholarships to pursue their education, and “walkaround money” from loved ones have all prepared them to ask questions of us…and our sector. Our responsibility is to provide them the tools and skills necessary to embed their own experiences into the wider context of our sector, all while helping them to remember that, at the root of our work is love.

So, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed with administrivia and grading, remember why we do it: for the love of our students…and humanity. Because what’s love got to do with our sector? EVERYTHING!

All the best,

Angela R. Logan
Board President, NACC

By |2024-02-27T11:41:35-05:00February 27th, 2024|President's Message|

A Message from Your Board President: December 2023

Angela R. Logan, NACC President
Angela R. Logan, PhD

Angela R. Logan, PhD
St. Andre Bessette Academic Director,
Master of Nonprofit Administration

Associate Teaching Professor,
Mendoza College of Business
University of Notre Dame

Getting to Know…Me!

Hello! I hope this letter finds you and all whom you hold dear doing well and in good spirits. It is with delight and excitement that I write my first letter as the new Board President of NACC. Special thanks to Will Brown, who served us well these past two years, and has been a great resource to me during this transition. And thanks to each of you for your trust in me to lead our organization at this critical time in history.

For those of you who don’t know me, next year marks 20 years since I first became affiliated with NACC. Like many of our students, I didn’t necessarily plan on a career in nonprofit and philanthropic studies, let alone that I would devote my career to preparing the next generation of leaders in our field, but I cannot imagine doing anything else. My philosophy of teaching is “Becoming the Person I Once Needed,” and I try to live into that approach every day. I am a public scholar, whose research lies at the intersection of race, gender, and nonprofit and philanthropic leadership (check out the inaugural episode of my podcast, Powerful Conversations, for an example of my public scholarship). I am a proud product of the Mahoning Valley in Northeast Ohio, with roots in Alabama and Southern Virginia. One of my grandfathers was a dirt farmer, while the other was a steelworker, and both of my grandmothers were “The Help.” That background gives me a unique perspective about the communities our students come from, and helps guide my thinking about where we need to go as programs, centers, and institutes. I love football, good dinner parties, and most importantly, I love the power and the promise of our sector, which means I will challenge her to be the greatest force for good in the world.

Over the course of my term, I look forward to getting to know you and each of your stories. Many of us teach our students about “The Five Ts:” Time, Talent, Treasure, Ties, and Testimony. Now more than ever, we need to tell our stories, and the impact that our students and our programs have on the world. Together, let’s make sure our stories and our impact are known and felt!

All the best,

Angela R. Logan
Board President, NACC

By |2023-12-07T11:41:29-05:00December 7th, 2023|President's Message|

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|

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

Greetings!

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|

Message from the President: June 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

Greetings and happy summer!

We are excited about the upcoming 2023 Biennial Conference in Auburn, Alabama! We look forward to welcoming many of you to this highly anticipated event. NACC’s biennial conference brings together a global network of researchers and practitioners for discussion, reflection, and sharing of research, resources and best practices surrounding nonprofit/NGO and Philanthropic Studies in higher education. With a lineup of excellent sessions, it promises to be a fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge and reconnect with old friends.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Peter Weber and Kelly Krawczyk for graciously hosting us on their beautiful campus. Their generosity has made this event possible, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Thanks as well to the conference sponsors!!

At a time when nonprofit education programs in higher education are facing unique challenges, this conference aims to address how our programs can connect to the world, celebrate diversity, and build resiliency in our Nonprofit and Philanthropic Studies Curricula. The roles and functions of nonprofits as service providers, community organizers, and policy actors are crucial in strengthening the core features of our society, and it’s vital that we come together to explore innovative educational approaches.

The nonprofit landscape is continuously evolving, with the number and diversity of organizations steadily growing. However, we are witnessing a decline in volunteerism and philanthropic participation. Simultaneously, the higher education environment has become increasingly competitive and intricate as student demand has shifted and, in some cases, even declined.

Join us in Auburn this July for a stimulating conversation that delves into these crucial topics. We anticipate a vibrant exchange of ideas and perspectives that will shape the future of nonprofit education programs in higher education. And just for fun I used ChatGPT, an AI language model developed by OpenAI, to provide suggestions and assistance in crafting this essay!

Mark your calendars and make sure to be a part of this incredible event!

All the best,

Signature, William A. Brown

By |2023-06-19T11:56:16-04:00June 19th, 2023|President's Message|
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