MNA Impact Analysis Projects

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The MNA program is designed to integrate experiential learning elements in every course and also in project specific courses such as the Practicum and the Capstone. This gives MNA students the opportunity to positively contribute to nonprofit organizations and social sector initiatives. Here is a partial list of projects assessing social impact or evaluating specific elements of an organization or project to improve its effectiveness.

If you represent a nonprofit organization (NPO) that would like to partner with the MNA Program in a project of this kind you may request the service of our graduate students and assistance of our expert faculty through this application form: MNA-NPO Collaborative Project Application

2018 MNA Projects

  1. Thomas Casey-Corporate Social Responsibility in Nonprofit Organizations: How Nonprofits Leverage CSR and Sustainable Reporting: This project explores the possible negative effects of not practicing sustainability reporting for nonprofits, and advocates for the benefits of sustainability assessments in the nonprofit sector.
  2. Adriana Guerrero-Pivoting to Meet the Need: A Fundraising Blueprint for Community-Based Organizations: This report explored how the shift in presidential administration affects nonprofit funding strategies for community-based organizations supporting immigrant communities.
  3. Mary McInerney-How Nonprofits Can Use Storytelling and Engagement Metrics to Improve How They Share their Philanthropy Narrative: This project is driven by storytelling and data, which have been rarely considered together for building an engagement strategy in nonprofit organizations.
  4. Vanessa Merino- At-Risk Youth: Substance Use Policy Issues and Modeling Positive Behaviors: The purpose of this project is to provide CASA of San Mateo County with research based information that will help them define their Volunteer Drug and Alcohol policy post Prop 64 and will subsequently allow them to enhance their current Volunteer Training program.
  5. Mercedes Reed- Unpacking the White Savior Complex: How Identity and Socialization Impact Youth Development WorkThis report contains a literature review focusing on the white savior complex, white privilege, identity development and cultural relevant practices.
  6. Kyle David Ruth-Islas-Byer Square Business Plan: A New Vision for AgingThis report is a comprehensive business plan for the new entity on the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living (SFCJL), named Byer Square.
  7. Nathan Schnackenberg-Facilitating a Nonprofit Merger-Identifying the Benchmarks and Success Indicators of a Nonprofit Merger: This report outlines tools and philosophies that address issues of staff engagement, staff motivation, and the Actor Oriented integration process, while chronicling the steps required for strategic and structural post-merger integration.
  8. Carmen Sepetka-Human Trafficking Awareness At The University Level: This report examines the human trafficking awareness at universities in the United States.
  9. Jane Tobin-Cross-Sector Solutions for Disaster Resiliency: The purpose of this research is to examine how cross-sector collaborations foster long-term solutions for catastrophic events. 
  10. Katrielle Risa Martinez Veslenio- To Partner or Not to Partner: Creating Successful Partnerships Between For-profit and Nonprofit Organizations in the Legal FieldThis project aims to explore current partnership building models and create a model specific to the partnership building between for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the legal field.
  11. Samantha Wilkinson-Labor Market Integration: The Key to Welcoming Refugees and Migrants in High Income CountriesThis paper explores the economic impacts of integrating refugees and migrants into the labor market of high-income host countries. 
  12. Brandy Wright-The Way Forward: The Katie A. Promise: This project examines the 202 Katie A. v. Bonta Lawsuit which sought to achieve systemic changes within our children’s mental health system and reveals that we have a long way to go before realizing the promises of that settlement. 
  13. Karla Diaz-The Push for Family Engagement in Schools and the Challenge to Develop Benchmarks to Track ImpactWith the assistance of nonprofits, family engagement has given families the tools and resources needed to partake in their child’s academic and social emotional development while learning how to become advocates for themselves and their families.

2017 MNA Projects

  1. Erica Williams – Using Citizen Media and Open Source Investigations to Promote Human Rights: UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Investigations Lab: This project seeks to analyze the  UC Berkeley Human Rights Investigation Lab’s work within the larger human rights context, and to address a pressing issue raised by the research – Is it possible to create investigative and evidentiary standards for using open source investigations and citizen media to promote human rights?
  2. Priscilla Valencia – Comparative Analysis of Workforce Development Programs in the Public Sector:The purpose of this project is to analyze different approaches and assess the impact of workforce development programs from the perspective of two nonprofit organizations and one government agency working to create employment opportunities to foster youth, formerly incarcerated, and individuals that have experienced homelessness in Los Angeles County.
  3. Julie Brown – Reframing Social Impact: This research builds on the global discussion of how to define and effectively measure the social impact of mission-driven organizations.
  4. Dalal Altuwaijri – Nonprofit Organizations In Saudi Arabia – An Analysis Of Impact Assessment Tools: This report examines nonprofit organizations in Saudi Arabia and analyses the impact of the nonprofit sector and its ability to achieve accountability.
  5. Lorena Gomez-Barris – Storytelling for Organizational Impact and Sustainability: The research collected for this project serves as a model to frame storytelling as a catalyst towards organizational sustainability.
  6. Michelle Collier – Social Emotional Learning and Play: The intention of this project is to provide more data-based evidence to build Playworks’ (a national nonprofit that delivers opportunities for social-emotional learning to elementary students) case and provide recommendations to the organization and the field.
  7. Yun Jin Carson– Sustainable Labor Practices for Nonprofit Organizations: The sustainable labor project defines, highlights, and offer solutions for problems related to worker burnout, worker dissatisfaction, employment inequities, and high turnover rates in non-profit organizations in the United States.
  8. Shakti Fleisher – Continuous Adaptation: Financial Sustainability for Global Nonprofit Startups: This project explores various approaches to financial sustainability and the particular challenges and opportunities for international startups in achieving this goal.
  9. Emily A. Grossman – Innovation in the Social Sector: Measuring Organizational Capacity for Nonprofits to Innovate: This paper builds on a growing body of research focused on innovation in the social sector. Recognized as a process of adaptation and improvement, innovation becomes less of a buzzword and more of an organizational necessity, vital for social ventures in serving their missions, clients, and society.
  10. Tricia Harris – Navigating the Complex Marketplace of Donor-Advised Funds: Strategic Recommendations for Nonprofit Leaders: This project is intended to serve as an overview of donor-advised funds in order to provide nonprofit leaders with practical insights and suggestions for strategically navigating the DAF arena.
  11. Roxanne Moore – Building Our Case: How Can Grassroots Organizations Using Restorative Justice Frameworks Demonstrate Their Impact on Incarcerated and At-Risk Populations? This report creates a program evaluation model for small, under-resourced organizations that focuses on leveraging opportunities, checking capacity, and remaining mission-centric.
  12. Christine Preziosi – Integrated Workforce Development for People with Disabilities: Exploring the Common Barriers and Offering Sustainable SolutionsThis project analyzes the current state of integrated employment for adults with disabilities in the United States.
  13. Ian Benjamin Shore – The Impact of Mentorship: Why Organizations Should Grow Their Own Talent: This project aims to identify the importance of mentorship within organizations, evaluating its impact on retention, satisfaction, and mentee development. From there, this report will propose a model of mentorship that fulfills the needs of all entities of the mentorship relationship: mentors, mentees, and the organizations.
  14. Bidya Subedi – Mainstreaming Girls’ Voices: Girls’ Empowerment Programs in Nepal: This paper examines existing girls’ empowerment programs in Nepal.  The major question explored was what are the contributing factors that lead to effective women and girls empowerment programs.
  15. Meera E. Swanson – Nonprofit Evaluation: A Essential Element for Impact: This paper examines the practice of evaluation in nonprofit organizations through a thorough overview of nonprofit evaluation practices, motivations and outcomes.
  16. Anne Weltner – Nonprofit Mergers: A User Guide for Organizations Seeking a Merge: This study captures four different perspectives of what goes into the merger process and, ultimately, the decision-making process. The purpose of this paper is to elicit responses from four interviewees; 2 from the perspective of board members; one from the CEO and CDO from acquirer organizations, which are organizations that are in more of a position of control and come to the aid of faltering organizations.
  17. Sergio Cuellar – N.O.P.A.L Collaborative Structure: Will a Collective Impact Model Structure Work for a Cross Regional, Nonprofit Sector Collaborative, Neighborhoods Owning Power, Action, and Leadership? This project hopes to recommend structure options for Neighborhoods Owning Power, Action and Leadership (N.O.P.A.L.), a collective of community based, nonprofit organizations representing Central California working to build the leadership and civic engagement of young adults through trauma informed, healing centered, civic engagement to support equity and social justice in the partner organization’s local community and together as a collective on a regional and statewide scale.
  18. Tracy Harris – Collaborative Frameworks in Nonprofit Emergency Response: Examining Earthquake Preparedness and Response in the San Francisco Bay Area: This capstone analyzes the nature of collaborative response between nonprofits, governmental and community organizations, with an emphasis on disaster planning and response in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  19. Erica Kalingking – Balancing Nonprofit Efficiency and Effectiveness: Implications of an Integrated Model Approach to Nonprofit Financial Sustainability and Mission Impact: This capstone adds to the discussion on achieving independence and sustainability in the nonprofit sector through a legitimate integrated model framework.
  20. Erin Rene’ Nelson – Capstone Research Stakeholder Model for Leadership Succession: Identifying Founder’s Syndrome and Succession Strategies: The purpose of this capstone project is to explore using the stakeholder approach for assessing an organization for founder’s syndrome and providing recommendations for founder succession.
  21. Colette Whitney – Strategic Engagement: Activities for Sustainable Individual Giving : The purpose of this capstone project is to discover the trends and activities that lead sustainable individual giving. The intention is for nonprofits to recognize these trends and activities and use them in their development departments to help generate more revenue and retain their donors.
  22. Rosa Revuelta- Alza la Voz- How Nonprofit Organizations Mobilize Immigrant Communities and Influence Policy: This paper attempts to define the the impact that nonprofit can have on immigrant communities when engaging them in advocacy.
  23. Clorens Andre- Senior Management Team Diversity in Social Ventures and its Impact on Performance: This study examines the correlation between diversity among senior management teams of social ventures and meeting performance goals. Specifically, it examines trends within the composition of senior management teams with respect to satisfying social impact and financial commitments.

2016 MNA Projects

Catholic Charities Santa Rosa: Needs Assessment Evaluation Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program, Carley Gill
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  3. http://www.srcharities.org
MNA Program: Measuring the Social Impact of a Nonprofit Educational Program, Joan Bayston.
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  2. https://www.usfca.edu/mna

Community Recovery Resources: Internal Communication Strategies, Shirmila Cooray.

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  3. http://www.corr.us

Health Connected: Management and Operations—Scaling Social Impact, Rebecca Kirkpatrick.

  1. http://www.health-connected.org

Foundation for Sustainable Development: Impact Analysis Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Sustainable Communities, Sarah Keller, Francisco Guzman & Lauren Pinsker

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  2. http://www.fsdinternational.org

Aspire CoffeeWorks:The Perfect Blend, Valentina Cardenas and Katrina Cabauatan

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  2. https://aspirecoffeeworks.com

Nonprofit Management Education: Nonprofit Capacity Building Through Hybrid Education, Jack Cupples

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  2. Presentation-7-Cupples
  3. http://www.nonprofit-academic-centers-council.org

Center for Nonprofit Leadership: Cultivating Ethical, Effective Nonprofit Leaders – Developing a Modular Toolkit, Ariel Lovett.

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  3. http://cnlsierra.org

Change Scale:Building Sustainability – Membership Strategies for Backbone Organizations, Melissa Tang

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  3. http://changescale.org

Summer Search: A Vision for Transformative Scale, Kenyon DeVault

  1. https://www.summersearch.org

Common River: A Strategy for Capacity Building, Virginia Turner and Thomas Natale

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  3. https://commonriver.org

2015 MNA Projects

Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD): Developing a Participatory Community Goal Identification Process Foundation for Sustainable Development. Molly Brennan, Shelly Helgeson, and Danielle Lam.

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  3. Report-FSD Report-CoachArt FacilitationBook-FSD
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  5. http://www.fsdinternational.org

Kiva Zip: A Comparative Impact Analysis of American Based Micro-lending Programs. Benson Tran and Fernando Enciso-Márquez.

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  2. Presentation-KivaZip
  3. Report-KivaZip
  4. https://zip.kiva.org

Coach Art: USF and CoachArt Collaboration Project Volunteer Survey and Engagement. Kaitlyn Azevedo, Jennifer DiStefano, Ariana Gonzalez.

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  3. Report-CoachArt
  4. http://coachart.org

Good Food for Good Foundation: LearnUp Center Market Analysis. Amy DePree, Kerry Inokuchi, Sandra Lieu, Kevin Mosca.

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  3. Report-LearnUpCenter
  4. http://www.gffgfoundation.org

The Arc San Francisco and Project SEARCH: Bridging the Gap: Expanding Supported Employment for Adults with I/DD from San Francisco to Marin County. Carolyn DeVoto, MNA’15 & Risa Harrison, MNA ’15.

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  2. Report-DeVoto&Harrison
  3. http://www.thearcsf.org

BEETS Program at Community Grows: Promoting Sustained Engagement in a Community Ecological Literacy Program. Mike Harris, MNA ’15.

  1. Poster-BEETS-Harris
  2. Report-Harris
  3. http://www.communitygrows.org

Common Sense: What Nonprofit Leaders Can Learn: Successes and Challenges of Nonprofit-Government Collaborations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ellen Coplan Holderman, MNA ’15.

  1. Poster-CommonSense-Coplan
  2. Report-Harris Report-Holderman
  3. https://www.commonsensemedia.org 

Kiva: Unbankable: Microfinance in the U.S. Adele Axness, MNA ’15.

  1. Poster-KIVA-Axness
  2. Report-Axness 
  3. https://www.kiva.org

Marine Ventures Foundation: Future Leadership Growth at Marin Ventures. Rebecca Ennis. MNA ’15

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  2. http://marineventures.org

Women and Armed Conflicts:Why Has the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2015 Not Been Passed? Molly Ehlinger Brennan, MNA ’15.

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  2. Report-Brennan

2014 MNA Projects

KVIE Public Television: Tools to Evaluate KVIE’s Ready To Learn Program. Johnny Avows-Smith. MNA ’14.

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  2. Report-avotssmithjohnny
  3. http://www.kvie.org

LEAPS Initiative – Community Grows: The State of Environmental Education in the San Francisco Bay Area: Implications for Grassroots Environmental Education Nonprofits. Jessa M. Barzelay, MNA ’14.

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  2. Report-barzelayjessa
  3. http://www.communitygrows.org/category/leaps-initiative/

California Lawyers for the Arts: Expanding School Mediation Program Using a Train-the-Trainer Model Molly Patterson, MNA ’14.

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  2. Report-pattersonmolly
  3. http://www.calawyersforthearts.org

Universal Giving:Building A Loyal Volunteer Corps: Gleanings From The Internship Program At Universal Giving. Kelly Ann Yeo-Oxenham, MNA ’14.

  1. Poster-yeokellyann
  2. Report-yeokellyann
  3. http://www.universalgiving.org

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