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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