Nonprofit Leadership & Service

Center Mission and Purpose


To contribute to the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by conducting research on critical problems facing the nonprofit community, with special emphasis on faith-based organizations, and by preparing students and practitioners for bold and visionary leadership.


The Center for Nonprofit Studies at Baylor University has the following purposes:


To focus research efforts on issues facing nonprofit organizations and stakeholders in those organizations. To listen to leaders of nonprofit organizations and focus much of the research agenda on problems identified by them. To disseminate research both through peer-reviewed journals (such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Quarterly, Journal of Nonprofit Marketing, Journal of Voluntary Action Research, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Public Policy and Marketing) and through outlets that will assure exposure of findings to nonprofit managers and boards of directors. Research projects under way include "Mission Creep and Mission Adaptation Among Nonprofit Organizations," "The Role of Organizational Vision in Institutions of Higher Education," "The Role of Large Gifts in Mission Distortion in Faith-Based Nonprofit Organizations" and "Sarbanes-Oxley and the Nonprofit Organization."


To focus educational programs initially on undergraduates in the form of course sequences which make up minors that can be added to other majors both among business majors (Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management, Entrepreneurship, etc.), as a Track within the Marketing Major and among non-business majors (Social Work, Music, Religion, Journalism, Museum Studies, Environmental Studies, etc.). The objective is to equip students to lead and volunteer in organizations that represent their passion for service. Over time, the feasibility of a graduate level program will be explored for nonprofit managers. Despite the importance of a graduate program, the greatest impact for the instructional program will likely always be among undergraduates. See Appendix 1 for programs of study.


To offer to nonprofit managers assistance in having access to best practices among such organizations. This can be done in a variety of ways. One is to foster a dialog among practicing nonprofit leaders through periodic symposia that would focus on contemporary issues. Another is to place interns and student teams within selected nonprofit organizations to study and find solutions to problems that may be beyond the resources of those organizations.

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