Our Research Philosophy

The Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership engages the Mid-South nonprofit community to provide research that is relevant to their current issues. The Institute encourages an interdisciplinary community of scholars to work together to address gaps in knowledge and understanding in the nonprofit sector.

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Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Gillespie, E.M. (2021) Empowerment-focused philanthropy: Bridging feminist theories and organizational practices through U.S. women’s funds. Administrative Theory & Praxis, https://doi.org/10.1080/10841806.2021.1984103

  • Gillespie, E.M. (2020). Women's Grantmaking for Economic Security: The Work of One Coalition. The Foundation Review, 12(2), 38-53. https://doi.org/10.9707/1944-5660.1518

  • Nelson, E. (2020). Stakeholder Engagement in Curricular Design: Addressing Current and Emergent Community Needs. The Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 10(1), 25-48. https://doi.org/10.18666/JNEL-2020-V10-I1-8954

  • Nelson, E. K. (2020). Things that seem still are still changing: How transition impacts university-community collaborations. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 10(4). https://doi.org/10.18666/jnel-2020-10815

  • Gillespie, E. M., Mirabella, R. M., & Eikenberry, A. M. (2019). #Metoo/#Aidtoo and Creating an Intersectional Feminist NPO/NGO Sector, Nonprofit Policy Forum, 10(4), 20190019. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/npf-2019-0019

  • Gillespie, E. M. (2019) Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement, 1870–1967, Administrative Theory & Praxis, 41:4, 424-428, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10841806.2019.1643620

  • Nelson, E. K. (2019). Come on feel the noise: The relationship between stakeholder engagement and message amplification through an association’s Twitter use. International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing, 16(1). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12208-019-00219-1

  • Nelson, E. K. (2018). They pay people to work here? The role of volunteering on nonprofit career awareness and interest. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 4(3). https://doi.org/10.20899/jpna.4.3.329-349

  • Gillespie E.M. (2017). Citizen Participation and Nonprofit Organizations. In: Farazmand A. (eds) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_2937-1

  • Gillespie, E.M. (2017). C. Lange, S. Nakagawa, J. Onyx, and C. Schwabenland (eds.), Women's Emancipation and Civil Society Organisations: Challenging or Maintaining the Status Quo? Voluntas, 28(3), 1359-1360. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-017-9841-5

  • Nelson, E. K. (2017). The accidental nonprofiteer: Chance events and the selection of a nonprofit career. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. 7(4). https://doi.org/10.18666/jnel-2017-v7-i4-8164

  • Nemenoff, E. K. and Schenk, J. (2015). Creating brand ambassadors: Strategic online engagement in a nonprofit association. In Ascencio, H. D. and Sun, R. (Eds.) Cases in Strategic Social Media Utilization in the Nonprofit Sector. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-8188-0.ch006

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