Nonprofit Sector Data Analyses and Nonprofit Organizations Impact Analyses Reports
The MNA program is proud of its experiential learning and collaborative projects with nonprofit organizations, social enterprises. MNA students work in their practicum courses in collaboration with nonprofit organizations in project analyzing their impact and improving their capacity for designing and reporting their social impact. In their capstone project, students select a topic of their interest relevant to some aspects of the nonprofit / social sector.
These projects represent one element of the integrated experiential learning values of the MNA program evident in every course and emphasized project-based 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.
Author’s Last, First Middle. (Year published). Title in sentence case (Project No.). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. https://usfblogs.usfca.edu/nonprofit/research/
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MNA Capstone Summit
The presentations of the capstone projects are annual or bi-annual events provided to the public for the benefit of the nonprofit-social sector. The quality and cutting edge topics of these projects demonstrate the MNA student’s capacity to conduct applied action research. They also show the students’ interests and concerns as nonprofit leaders in their current and future careers. The events are held in person when possible at the University of San Francisco Downtown Campus and/or remotely through Zoom video conference presentations and posters.
MNA Capstone Projects Library
Presentations, Posters and Reports
Nonprofit Capstone Summit 2021
- Abdel, Sara (2021). Implementation of CRM strategy in the Nonprofit Sector: Toolkit focused on change management to enhance adoption. (Project No. 202105131). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) can be the tool that leapfrogs organizations or a waste of time and resources. This capstone is a model that focuses on the people management of a CRM strategy to enhance adoption. The project includes ethical and management considerations that are equally important as the adoption process. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report]
- Amai, Aki (2021). Reimagining the Nonprofit Sector: Nonprofit + Cooperatives = Solution to Inequality? (Project No. 202105132). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. This research aims to explore how co-operative business models can enhance nonprofit organizations’ mission and performances. Nonprofit organizations work to create a more just, equitable, and co-operative world. Co-operatives’ model of shared power and equity aligns with the mission of many nonprofit organizations. The purpose of my research is to determine whether transitioning to a co-operative model is the right path for Grace Notes Community Music School. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report].
- Bailey, Jessi (2021). Missed Connections: Exploring the Interconnection of Food Insecurity and Housing Instability in the Bay Area and the Role of NPOs. (Project No. 202105133). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. The purpose of this research is to better understand how food insecurity and housing instability are related and how these issues are currently being addressed by NPOs. The research explores the ways Bay Area NPOs can build on already existent efforts to address these issues together in order to create a larger safety net and keep more people from experiencing good insecurity and housing instability. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report].
- Jones, Brittany (2021). DEAI In Nonprofits: Through the Lens of Museums and Public Gardens. (Project No. 202105136). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. The purpose of this research is to determine how nonprofit cultural institutions, such as museums and public gardens, are implementing diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) in operations and identifying what the barriers are that may prevent the work from happening. The research examines how museums and public gardens can push through barriers to begin DEAI work, through recommendations provided. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report].
- McCormick, John (2021). Exploring empowerment in food security and food sovereignty programs.(Project No. 202105137). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. The purpose of this research is to see if non-profit food security or non-profit food sovereignty programs are better at empowering their participants. The research is carried out through a content analysis of mission statements from food security-based and food sovereignty-based organizations. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report].
- Ramirez, Moises (2021). It’s about Capacity, not Ability: Minority CEOs. (Project No. 202105138). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. The upper echelons of business, such as the CEO position, have predominantly belonged to White males. This has been true for the S&P 500 where there currently are less than 1% Black CEOs and 3% Latino CEOs. However, one would imagine that in the nonprofit sector things would be much different, a sector that strives for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Yet, if a closer look is taken we would realize that the nonprofit sector is not leaps and bounds ahead of the business sector. Why? Well, it isn’t because there is a lack of professional, competent minorities to lead big nonprofits, it is because many nonprofits do not operate in a way that creates space for minorities to become CEOs. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report].
- Rudman, Zoe (2021). Walking the Walk: The Role of Impact Investing in Foundation Mission Fulfillment. (Project No. 202105139). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of how various types of foundations are utilizing impact investing activities, such as program-related investments and mission-related investments, and determine how these organizations view these activities as a part of their mission fulfillment alongside their traditional grant-making portfolios. Through expert interviews, several different foundation types are explored as case studies, including their motivations for and potential barriers to engaging in the impact investing space, as well as how these investing activities are communicated to stakeholders. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report].
- Sheehan, Stephanie (2021). Moving Towards Dignity: Using Inclusive and Equitable Fundraising Language to Dismantle Philanthropy’s White Savior Narrative. (Project No. 2021051310). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. The purpose of this research is to better understand how using inclusive, equitable and dignity-focused fundraising language can ultimately contribute to dismantling philanthropy’s white savior narrative and how frontline fundraisers can play a critical role in shifting power dynamics. The research explores the ways in which fundraisers can thoughtfully abandon all notions of white saviorism and fully embrace language that honors our beneficiaries with dignity and respect without compromising revenue or quality donor relationships. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report].
- Shen, Jiefang (2021). VR for Social Impact: Integrating Virtual Reality into the Nonprofit Space. (Project No. 2021051311). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Three-dimensional virtual environments have been at the forefront of the advancement of technology. With the evolution of society and recent events, virtual reality (VR) is now at a new peak in its untapped potential. This study explores the place of virtual reality in the nonprofit space. A review of literature indicates evidence for the effective use of VR across all major parts of nonprofits. Primary research is conducted via expert interviews from various perspectives. Interviews were conducted with nonprofit leaders both using and not using VR, as well as a VR content creator. Thematic analysis is used to find various challenges and perspectives regarding the use of VR in the nonprofit space. In conjunction to the literature, partnership co-creation models are developed as research implications and recommendations. Models are presented that both connect to literature reviews, as well as address primary research findings. As shown in the primary model, nonprofits should seek partnerships with VR content creator and funders. Together, the three co-creators can build a VR program that can fulfill more than the sum of its parts. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report].
- Shepard, Brandon (2021). Communicating on the Countryside: Challenges and Lessons Learned From Rural Nonprofit Marketing. (Project No. 2021051312). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. This research is exploring the challenges facing rural nonprofits on how they market and communicate themselves for clients, funders, volunteers, and staff. This research is also exploring how urban and suburban nonprofits can learn from rural nonprofits on their marketing strategies and practices. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report].
- Tait, Anna (2021). Thrive, Survive or Die: The Crossroads of Nonprofit Crisis Management and Organizational Resilience.(Project No. 2021051313). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. The events of recent years have highlighted the increased need for nonprofit organizations to develop competencies in crisis management and engage in activities to promote resilient responses when crises occur. Through the examination of existing literature on organizational resilience and crisis management, and the qualitative analysis of interviews with experts in the field, this project provides a model for NPO resilience to aid the development of resilience capacity and capabilities to aid the prevention and effective handling of the various reputational and operational crisis typologies that NPOs may face. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report].
- Thompson-Lastad, Owen (2021). The Personal is the Professional: Applying the Trauma-Informed Approach to Nonprofit Staff (Project No. 2021051314). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. The trauma-informed approach (TIA), in which organizations strive to modify their services reflect the widespread and profound impact of trauma on the communities they serve, has made great inroads in the nonprofit sector. However, existing research suggests nonprofit leaders too often leave staff wellness out of the TIA equation, even as staff exposure to trauma leads to burnout and low retention. For this project, I interviewed nonprofit leaders to learn more about how they did, and did not, incorporate staff wellness into their thinking as they strove to make their organizations trauma-informed. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report].
- Witwer, Rakiya (2021). DEI and Belonging: Changing the Narrative and Creating a Culture of Belonging In Nonprofit Organizations. (Project No. 2021051315). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. The purpose of this research is to explore the concept of belonging as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nonprofit organizational context. The research project focuses on identifying barriers that nonprofit organizations face in implementing diversity equity and inclusion policies. The research highlights the impact that belonging has on the workplace culture and overall performance of nonprofit organizations and lastly, outlines a roadmap for achieving belonging by expanding inclusive practices in nonprofit organizations. [Presentation & Poster] + [Capstone Report].
Video recording of Capstone Project Presentations ( August 7, 2020).
- Bartell, Megan Clare (2020). Community Foundation Donor-Advised Funds: Analyzing Efficiency and Effectiveness. (Project No. 202008071). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Megan Bartell Capstone Presentation – V2 | Megan Bartell Capstone Report This research is an analysis of California-based community foundations and their approaches to working with DAF donors.
- Lee, Jieun (2020). Designing Sustainable Economic Models For Impact Investing Organizations. (Project No. 202008072). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Lee JieunCapstone Presentation and Poster | Jieun Capstone Report SU2020 The purpose of this project is to contribute to the newcomers in the impact investing sector to guide how to build a sustainable economic model.
- Gray, Raymond (2020). Homeless Veterans in San Francisco / Housing our Heroes. (Project No. 202008073). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Gray Presentation and Poster | Gray – Report This capstone research reviews the homeless population, including homeless veterans, in San Francisco and the ways the city has tried to handle the situations with the homeless and project a path forward with ideas to help end homelessness for good.
- Sansern, Oak Suradet (2020). Nonprofit Succession Plan: Essential Practices to Overcome Barriers. (Project No. 202008074). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Sansern Presentation and Poster This study on HR in nonprofits considers the challenges and best approaches in organizational readiness for developing executive transitions and finding new leaders for nonprofit administration.
- Ashley, Amelia (2020). Learning From The Past: Building a Model for Sustainable International Development Poverty Reduction Programs in the Central African Region. (Project No. 202008075). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Ashley – Presentation | Ashley – Poster | Ashley – Report This study aims at understanding what factors makes international development programs implemented by foreign organizations effective in ensuring participants maintain self sufficiency.
- Alcaraz-Minnick, Katya (2020). The Nonprofit Gender Leadership Gap: Data-Driven Systemic and Inclusive Solutions. (Project No. 202005151). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Alkaraz-Minnick – Presentation | Alcaraz-Minnick – Report This project proposes that the nonprofit sector can be the influencing force to uplift women into positions of power, including C-suite, executive director, and general manager positions. It suggests that data-driven systemic and inclusive solutions can be formulated to support nonprofit organizations to take innovative steps to lean in and close the gender leadership gap.
- Byrd, David (2020). Tools For Success:An Assessment of Capacity Building in The Nonprofit Sector. (Project No. 202005152). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Byrd – Presentation and Poster | Byrd – Report This study examines the elements of capacity building in nonprofit organizations and aims at identifying needs, challenges, and gaps in order to provide guidance on enhancing capacity building efforts.
- Chavez, Cristina (2020). Activating the Power of the Latino Community: Engaging the Latino Community Through Volunteerism and Philanthropy. (Project No. 202005153). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management.Chavez – Presentation | Chavez – Poster | Chavez – Report This research considers the growing and potentials of Latino population in the U.S. for the nonprofit sector through volunteerism and philanthropy. It reviews the gaps, opportunities, trends, and support the community needs to engage Latino communities and diversify volunteerism and philanthropy.
- Cousin, Kelly Rose (2020). Nonprofits Doing It All: An Examination of Nonprofit Social Responsibility. (Project No. 202005154). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management.Cousins – Presentation | Kelly – Report This research examines how social responsibility can expand nonprofit impact and better align their mission with coherent practices. Nonprofit Social Responsibility is here defined as “anything an organization does, beyond the scope of their direct mission, that integrates social and environmental concerns in their operation and in their interactions on a voluntary basis.”
- Czarnik, Shannon (2020). Equity in Nonprofit Compensation Negotiation: Uncovering Influential Biases and Patterns. (Project No. 202005155). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management.Czarnik – Presentation | Czarnik – Report This research examines how gender, ethnicity and other implicit biases affect nonprofit executive compensation negotiations. The analysis results in practical recommendations for HR executives, hiring managers, and prospective employees.
- Edelman, Andrea (2020). How Much is 1%?: Two Paths to Shareholder Benefits and Community Investment. (Project No. 202005156). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management.Edelman – Presentation | Edelman – Report This study compares the efforts of two organizations – Pledge 1% and 1% For the Planet to assess the effectiveness of their respective models. By focusing on stakeholder benefits, relationships, intention and perception, the study uncovers the epicenter of what drives a company to choose one pledge or another
- Murray, Shana (2020). Shared Space Across Sectors: Using Space As A Platform For Shared Value And Social Impact. (Project No. 202005157). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Murray – Presentation | Murray – Report This research investigates the challenges and opportunities of adopting a shared space model for nonprofit-corporate partnerships. The analysis offers suggests a new shared values model in which nonprofit can utilize shared physical space as a useful resource for engagement for social good and organizational growth.
- Sanchez-Cruz, Cristina (2020). Diversity, Inclusion and Authenticity: How To Make a Lasting Impact on Organizational Culture. (Project No. 202005158). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management.Sanchez – Presentation Diversity and inclusion has become of popular interest. Almost, making diversity and inclusion sound and feel superficial. As often as those terms are being used today, there are organization that are not making an intentional change for diverse and inclusive environments. Often, the voices of those impacted by the lack of diversity and inclusion are generally dismissed and having to overcompensate to feel comfortable, and advance in their careers.
- Smith, Lilly (2020). Navigating Implicit Bias within Corporate Volunteer Programs: Empowering Nonprofits to Raise Awareness and Set Expectations. (Project No. 202005159). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Smith – Presentation | Smith – Report This study explores how nonprofits can navigate implicit bias within corporate volunteer programs to raise awareness and ensure positive programmatic experiences and outcomes.
- Thompson-Echevarría, Yvette (2020). Latina Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector: What can organizations do to foster an equitable and inclusive workplace?(Project No. 2020051510). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Thompson-Echevarria Presentation | Thompson-Echevarria – Poster | Thompson-Echevarria Report This research examines the obstacles that Latinas face when pursuing leadership positions in the nonprofit sector and offers concrete strategies for organizations to create a culture that embraces Latina leadership.
- Aguina, Marisela (2019). Understanding the factors of retention to help create an effective retention plan in social service organizations. (Project No. 2019080501). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Aguina Report | Aguina Presentation | Aguina Poster This research explores the factors that impact retention rates in social service organizations to achieve their mission, positively and negatively.
- Burt, Alicia (2019). Life After Foster Care: Strategies for a Successful Transition to Adulthood. (Project No. 2019080502). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management.Burt Report | Burt Presentation | Burt Poster This project analyses the types of services that exist to support youth as they age out of foster care.
- Chan, Gyra (2019). Giving and Getting Involved: A Guide to New Parent Philanthropy at Independent Schools.(Project No. 2019080503). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Chan Report | Chan Presentation | Chan Poster This study analyses parent’s involvement in independent schools’s philanthropic efforts. It considers how to best capture and build relationships with new parents as they enter the school to facilitate long- term giving and community involvement.
- Downing, Jackie (2019). Preventing Homelessness in Oakland, California. (Project No. 2019080504). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management.Downing Report | Downing Presentation | Downing Poster This project contributes to the development of solutions to the growing homelessness crisis in cities like Oakland, California. Its research, analysis and recommendations center on prevention as a strategy for decreasing the number of people becoming newly homeless.
- Hasbum, Valerie (2019). Analyzing the Narratives of Support Across the Sector: Comparing Storytelling Practices Between Stakeholders. (Project No. 2019080505). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management.Hasbum Report | Hasbum Presentation | Hasbum Poster This research considers how storytelling is an essential component of non-profit stakeholder and offers practical recommendations for way to create more compelling stories.
- Komarek-Meyer, Grace (2019). Gentrification, Displacement & Creative Placemaking: Evaluation Methods for Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations. (Project No. 2019080506). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management.Komarekmeyer Report | Komarek Presentation | Komarekmeyer Poster . This capstone research examines the role of nonprofit organizations in combating gentrification and displacement. It considers how the task of evaluation and measurement program impact creative placemaking projects.
- Kristova, Barbora (2019). Destroying Coercion by Expansion: Finding Value in Unconventional Growth of International Faith-based Organizations.(Project No. 2019080507). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management.Krisova Report | Krisova Presentation | Krisova Poster . This project explores how international nonprofit organizations expand in their services and territories. Specifically, it considers the unique expansion of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in. its unique approach to humanitarian interventions for creating long-lasting and sustainable change.
- Justice, Greg Gilgen (2019). Nonprofit Organizations and the Sustainable Development Goals: Social Sector Partnerships for Transforming the World. (Project No. 2019080509). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Capstone Final – Greg Justice This research explores why many American nonprofit organizations do not know about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and advances a “Three-Tiered Model” for increased Goal integration, funding and implementation.
- Nee, Michaela (2019). Pooling Power: Engaging Nonprofits in Coalitions for Social Change. (Project No. 2019080508). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Nee Report | Nee Presentation | Nee Poster . The purpose of this research is to explore the nonprofit sector’s role in social movements and systemic change, the benefits of operating in a coalition, and how nonprofits can leverage and effectively participate in coalitions for systemic social change.
- Campbell, Karen (2019). Climate Change and Philanthropy: Implications for Fundraisers. (Project No. 2019051501). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Campbell Report| Campbell Poster. This study examines the influence of philanthropy on the fundraising efforts of nonprofit organizations working to address climate change. Results of the findings indicated a need for nonprofit organizations to embrace collaboration in the form of more partnerships among large and small nonprofits to increase social impact and gain more access to foundations and wealth managers, as well as, the need to leverage the youth movement and technology to innovate fundraising.
- Davidson, Alexa (2019). Developing a Nonprofit Board for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: An effective tool for measuring a Boards vulnerability, integrity, and readiness. (Project No. 2019051502). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Davidson Report | Davidson Presentation | Davidson Poster This study examines nonprofit boards’ policies, practices, and procedures in relation to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and identifies how they lack adequate tools to effectively asses themselves for DEI. This research culminates in the development of a survey-based DEI self-assessment tool that measures Board readiness, vulnerabilities, integrity, and personal biases.
- Lee, Wendy (2019). Cross Sector Partnerships (CSPs) for Social Change: Unique opportunities and challenges of transformational collaborations. (Project No. 2019051503). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Lee Report | Lee Presentation | Lee Poster This research considers the growing interest in cross-sector partnerships (CSPs) that nonprofit organizations seek to address complex social issues and achieve greater impact through collaborative efforts. The project captures the motivations of each sector and provides nonprofit organizations with multiple perspectives to think about how to engage with each traditional sector.
- Lewis, Claire (2019). “Next Generation” Givers: Implications for Nonprofit Engagement. (Project No. 2019051504). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management.Lewis Report | Lewis Poster | Lewis Presentation This project considers “Next Generation” philanthropy which typically include Gen Y, and some or all of Gen X and Gen Z.. It considers their values, characteristics, and philanthropic habits. calls for understanding and investing in specific tools and models to meet these individuals where they are at— online.
- Luna, Kathryn (2019). Breaking Barriers and Building a Pipeline for Women’s Leadership Success in Nonprofit Organizations. (Project No. 2019051505). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Luna Report | Luna Presentation | Luna Poster. This research examined women in leadership positions, with a specific focus on minority women and nonprofit organizations. The findings in this research project add to the existing literature on women in leadership, particularly minorities, and endorsed the need for organizations to build and commit to a sustainable pipeline model which includes personal, internal, and external resources and factors that will most effectively contribute to women’s advancement in the workplace.
- McNally, Stephanie (2019). 2020 Census Trusted Messengers: Community Based Organizations Challenged to Make the Marginalized Matter. (Project No. 2019051506). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. McNally Report | McnNally Presentation | McNally Poster This report reviews research on past census outreach efforts as well as current studies on messaging for hard-to-count communities that are considered at risk in the upcoming decennial census. This capstone research is based on the belief that community-based organizations (CBOs) have earned the trust of residents from historically hard-to-count communities and therefore have the potential to meaningfully increase census participation in a challenging environment if provided an effective outreach model.
- Pate, Kyle (2019). Mission Engagement: A Nonprofit Employee Survey. (Project No. 2019051507). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Pate Report | Pate Presentation | Pate Poster This study evaluates how organizations in the social sector, as those in the private sector, might increase employee engagement through surveys. This project has developed and tested an employee engagement survey tailored to purpose-driven organizations.
- Rosemond, Sascha (2019). Inside Out: Internal Equity Within Community Foundations. (Project No. 2019051508). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Rosemond Report | Rosemond Presentation | Rosemond Poster The purpose of this research is to understand how equity- focused community foundations are looking inward to pursue internal equity as they pursue equity externally and produce a set of recommendations for other community foundations. The recommendations put forth by this research add to what is available for community foundations and other nonprofit organizations to begin the process becoming a more equitable organization.
- Schappert, Sonja (2019). Transformational Relationships: Reframing Impact in Faith-Based Social Service Organizations. (Project No. 2019051509). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Schappert Report | Schappert Presentation This Capstone examines the influence of relationship theory on a faith-based organization’s impact. While the context of the research is faith-based, the models are general enough to be applied to a diverse number of organizations. The findings demonstrate that relationship theory does have implications for how their theory of change and logic models are formed and how impact is subsequently evaluated.
- Walker, Hayley (2019). Major League Impact: A Comparative Analysis of Youth Programs within Major League Baseball Club Charities. (Project No. 2019051510). MNA Capstone Project, University of San Francisco, School of Management. Walker Report | Walker Presentation | Walker Poster This study focuses on the methods of youth programming utilized by the charitable affiliates of five professional sport teams. Through in- depth interviews with program leaders and thematic analysis of collected data, this research identifies definitions of success and key elements of effective sport-based youth development programs in underserved communities.
- Gregory Finkelstein – The State of Animal Advocacy: An Exploration of Various Strategies Beyond the Ethical Argument This project explores the current state of animal advocacy and its strategies for success beyond the ethical/morally based argument.
- Kia Harris – Change by Design: An Exploration of Characteristics and Practices of Nonprofit Founders in the Bay Area and Organizational Effectiveness This project is an exploratory study of nonprofit founder characteristics and practices in the San Fransisco Bay Area and its impact on the future of the nonprofit sector.
- Brandon Jones – Breaking Through Barriers: Exploring the Link Between Board Diversity and Organization Effectiveness This project explores how board diversity and its inclusion practices relate to a more effective organization.
- Alyssa Perez – Bridging the Inclusion Gap: Creating Transformation in the Workplace This project investigates the disconnects between diversity initiatives and actually creating an inclusive work culture in organizations. This report emphasizes the importance of transformational leadership when doing inclusion work and offers an expanded model of inclusion based on expert interviews from nonprofits already engaged in this work.
- Carol Pertowski – Public – Nonprofit Partnerships in Public Health Emergency Response: Maximizing Impact Through Collaboration This project provides insights into ways for the public health and nonprofit sectors can collaborate to improve public health response during an emergency.
- Amanda Tompkins – Breaking Down Silos: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Maximize Mission Impact Through Interdepartmental CollaborationThis project aspires to offer easy-to-adopt answers to the question of how leaders can break down silos and establish a culture of trust and knowledge sharing through storytelling.
- Kimberly Yarnall – Trust & Community: Capacity Building Best Practices and How Bay Area Community Foundations Are Heeding the Call This project analyzes industry best practices for funding capacity building interventions and assesses how Bay Area community foundations are meeting these benchmarks. The project’s main deliverables are a comprehensive capacity building best practices model and a new model that suggests why community foundations are particularly well suited to the work.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mercedes Reed- Unpacking the White Savior Complex: How Identity and Socialization Impact Youth Development Work: This report contains a literature review focusing on the white savior complex, white privilege, identity development and cultural relevant practices.
- Kyle David Ruth-Islas-Byer Square Business Plan: A New Vision for Aging: This report is a comprehensive business plan for the new entity on the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living (SFCJL), named Byer Square.
- 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.
- Carmen Sepetka-Human Trafficking Awareness At The University Level: This report examines the human trafficking awareness at universities in the United States.
- 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.
- Katrielle Risa Martinez Veslenio- To Partner or Not to Partner: Creating Successful Partnerships Between For-profit and Nonprofit Organizations in the Legal Field: This 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.
- Samantha Wilkinson-Labor Market Integration: The Key to Welcoming Refugees and Migrants in High Income Countries: This paper explores the economic impacts of integrating refugees and migrants into the labor market of high-income host countries.
- 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.
- Karla Diaz-The Push for Family Engagement in Schools and the Challenge to Develop Benchmarks to Track Impact: With 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.\
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Christine Preziosi – Integrated Workforce Development for People with Disabilities: Exploring the Common Barriers and Offering Sustainable Solutions: This project analyzes the current state of integrated employment for adults with disabilities in the United States.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Yulin Cheng – The Development of Social Entrepreneurship in China. This capstone project focused on reviewing China’s social enterprise development, based on history of social development in China and current situation of social enterprises in China to draw a possible blueprint of China’s social enterprise in future with challenges and opportunities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Catholic Charities Santa Rosa: Needs Assessment Evaluation Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program, Carley Gill. Poster-1-Gill | Presentation-1-Gill | http://www.srcharities.org
- MNA Program: Measuring the Social Impact of a Nonprofit Educational Program, Joan Bayston. Presentation-2-Baystone | https://www.usfca.edu/mna
- Community Recovery Resources: Internal Communication Strategies, Shirmila Cooray. Poster-3-Cooray | Presentation-3-Cooray | http://www.corr.us
- Health Connected: Management and Operations—Scaling Social Impact, Rebecca Kirkpatrick. http://www.health-connected.org
- Foundation for Sustainable Development: Impact Analysis Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Sustainable Communities, Sarah Keller, Francisco Guzman & Lauren Pinsker Poster-5-Guzman,Keller,Pinsker | http://www.fsdinternational.org
- Aspire CoffeeWorks:The Perfect Blend, Valentina Cardenas and Katrina Cabauatan Presentation-6-Cardenas | https://aspirecoffeeworks.com
- Nonprofit Management Education: Nonprofit Capacity Building Through Hybrid Education, Jack Cupples. Poster-7-Couples | Presentation-7-Cupples | http://www.nonprofit-academic-centers-council.org
- Center for Nonprofit Leadership: Cultivating Ethical, Effective Nonprofit Leaders – Developing a Modular Toolkit, Ariel Lovett. Poster-8-Lovett | Presentation-8-Lovett | http://cnlsierra.org
- Change Scale:Building Sustainability – Membership Strategies for Backbone Organizations, Melissa Tang. Poster-9-Tang | Presentation-9-Tang | http://changescale.org
- Summer Search: A Vision for Transformative Scale, Kenyon DeVault. https://www.summersearch.org
- Common River: A Strategy for Capacity Building, Virginia Turner and Thomas Natale. Poster-11-TurnerNatale | Presentation-11.Natale&Turner | https://commonriver.org
- Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD): Developing a Participatory Community Goal Identification Process Foundation for Sustainable Development. Molly Brennan, Shelly Helgeson, and Danielle Lam. Poster-Brennan&Helgeson&Lam | Presentation-FSD | Report-FSD Report-CoachArt FacilitationBook-FSD | FacilitationBook-FSD | http://www.fsdinternational.org
- Kiva Zip: A Comparative Impact Analysis of American Based Micro-lending Programs. Benson Tran and Fernando Enciso-Márquez. Poster-Enciso-Marquez&Tran | Presentation-KivaZip | Report-KivaZip | https://zip.kiva.org
- Coach Art: USF and CoachArt Collaboration Project Volunteer Survey and Engagement. Kaitlyn Azevedo, Jennifer DiStefano, Ariana Gonzalez. Poster-Azevedo&DiStefano&Gonzalez | Presentation-CoathArt | Report-CoachArt | http://coachart.org
- Good Food for Good Foundation: LearnUp Center Market Analysis. Amy DePree, Kerry Inokuchi, Sandra Lieu, Kevin Mosca. Poster-DePree&Inokuchi&Lieu&Mosca | Presentation-LearnUpCenter | Report-LearnUpCenter | 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. Poster-ARC-DeVoto-Harrison | Report-DeVoto&Harrison | http://www.thearcsf.org
- BEETS Program at Community Grows: Promoting Sustained Engagement in a Community Ecological Literacy Program. Mike Harris, MNA ’15. Poster-BEETS-Harris | Report-Harris | 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. Poster-CommonSense-Coplan | Report-Harris Report-Holderman | https://www.commonsensemedia.org
- Kiva: Unbankable: Microfinance in the U.S. Adele Axness, MNA ’15. Poster-KIVA-Axness | Report-Axness | https://www.kiva.org
- Marine Ventures Foundation: Future Leadership Growth at Marin Ventures. Rebecca Ennis. MNA ’15. Poster-MarineVentures-Ennis | 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. | Poster-WomenSecurity-Brennan | Report-Brennan
- KVIE Public Television: Tools to Evaluate KVIE’s Ready To Learn Program. Johnny Avows-Smith. MNA ’14. | Poster-avotssmithjohnny | Report-avotssmithjohnny | 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. Poster-barzelayjessa | Report-barzelayjessa | 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. Poster-pattersonmolly | Report-pattersonmolly | 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. Poster-yeokellyann | Report-yeokellyann | http://www.universalgiving.org