I’m a Ph.D. candidate, instructor, and former nonprofit executive studying third sector theory and practice with an emphasis on issues related to nonprofit management, fundraising, and philanthropic behavior. As both a scholar and practitioner in the nonprofit sector, I aim to help fundraisers be more effective and donors feel better understood.

My research and teaching are informed by my 20 years of experience in nonprofit resource development and communications. From designing comprehensive development plans to securing seven-figure gifts and grants, I’ve helped health and social service nonprofits expand resources for programs, annual operating support, capital campaigns, and endowments.

I’m currently working on projects that focus on message framing in nonprofit communications, nonprofit pedagogy, and the intersections of identity and philanthropic decision making.

My husband and I are Alaskan expats currently living in Croatia with our dog, Mila.

Latest Publications

Dale, E. & O’Connor, H. (2020) “The Million Dollar Donor Journey: Stages of Development for Women Donors.” International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. https://doi.org/10.1002/nvsm.1680

O’Connor, H. (2020) “Mindfulness as a Foundation for Reflection: Applying Principles from Dialectical Behavior Training to Service-Learning Instruction.” Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. 10(2). https://doi.org/10.18666/JNEL-2020-V10-I2-10091

Dale, E., Shaker, G. & O’Connor, H. (2020) “Teaching Philanthropy: Developing Critical and Compassionate Approaches to Giving.” In Teaching Nonprofit Management. Bezboruah, K. and Carpenter, H., (Eds). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788118675.00017