Nonprofit Leadership & Service
In the 160 years of Baylor University's existence, no other single effort has captured the heart of the institution more than that of preparing people for service to their communities through nonprofit organizations. Early mission statements for the University affirmed the need to prepare leaders for churches, schools, missions and healthcare. While that effort has generally taken the form of training ministers, teachers, physicians, dentists, and nurses, many of the graduates of Baylor have gone on to lead large and small organizations with altruistic and philanthropic missions. This deep historical commitment to organizations that is driven by ideals of service makes Baylor a perfect site for a concentrated effort to research, teach and extend the body of thought concerning how nonprofit organizations may more effectively serve people.
Baylor's Mission today continues to value the precepts of "service" and "leadership:"
The mission of Baylor University is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.
In light of this mission, nonprofit organizations offer the primary vehicle for service, both vocationally and avocationally to many, if not most, of those who earn degrees from Baylor University. Likewise, Texas and the rest of the world are populated with Baylor graduates who lead nonprofit organizations both professionally and as a personal purpose for their after-hours life.
Many nonprofit organizations have been started by Baylor University graduates and innumerable organizations have been led by Baylor servant-leaders over the past century and a half. A casual scan of the current Baylor Alumni Association directory reveals many graduates who currently are employed across the world with nonprofits.
The Center for Nonprofit Studies enhances this historical passion in the fabric of the Baylor community and strengthens Baylor's contribution to knowledge about nonprofit organizations while better preparing students for leadership in these important organizations.