ERIC Number: ED460656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Building Philanthropy and Nonprofit Academic Centers: A View from Ten Builders.
Larson, R. Sam; Barnes, Sonia
In response to changes in society and the nonprofit sector, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation developed and funded the Building Bridges between Practice & Knowledge in Nonprofit Management Education initiative (Building Bridges). The work of those involved in Building Bridges and other leaders in nonprofit management education can benefit from the experiences of innovators who developed centers for education in the management of nonprofit organizations. This study was conducted to explore the development of the early centers and the roles of their founders. Researchers interviewed 10 "builders," or academic innovators to find out how the centers with which they are associated emerged and how they were sustained. Findings show that the impetus for development of the center came from faculty, administrators, and external funders, and not from students or practitioners. The centers became more comprehensive over time, more inclusive of activities, topics, and societal demands. The relationships between the centers and their communities tended to focus on information dissemination rather than co-learning. The builders were, to some extent, practitioners. The four factors that emerged as critical in the long-term viability of the centers were: funding, faculty involvement, university leadership support, and the visibility of the field. The builders relied on relationship strategies to navigate the challenges of developing and sustaining their centers. Builders were purposeful about constructing networks and collaboration. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Departments, Educational History, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Nonprofit Organizations, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, Program Development
CenterPoint Institute, 114 Church St., New Lenox, IL 60451. For full text: http://www.centerpointinstitute.org/bridges/Papers&Reports/ papers.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: "Report to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Prepared as part of the Building Bridges Initiative Cluster Evaluation."