Research

I research nonprofit sector theory and practice with an emphasis on issues related to fundraising and philanthropic behavior. My current projects involve message strategies in charitable appeals, professional development for fundraisers in rural communities, decision-making processes by women donors making gifts of $1M or more, and influences of religious identity on philanthropic giving to pro-choice organizations.

My research is influenced by my background working for health and human service organizations. I’m a former nonprofit executive with 17 years of experience in resource development, marketing communications, and grants administration. I’ve earned the Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School (TFRS)  as well as the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.

I’ve presented my research at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR). Published research is available on Google Scholar.

Qualitative & Quantitative Methodology Used:

  • Content analysis
  • Behavioral experiments, online and in-field
  • Individual interviews
  • Surveys
  • Focus groups

Dissertation in Progress:

“Reading Between the Lines: Social Contextual Influences on the Production of and Response to Charitable Appeals”

Selected Training and Recognition for Research:

Emerging Scholar Award, 2019
Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Ph.D. Seminar, 13th International Conference in Amsterdam, 2018
International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)