College of Business and Economics
Upham Hall

Ruth Hansen
Assistant Professor

  • Office Location: Timothy J Hyland Hall 4516
  • Phone: (262) 472-1645
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  • Department(s): Management

Department of Management, College of Business and Economics

800 West Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190

(262) 472-1645


Ph.D. (expected 2018) Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Philanthropic Studies

M.J. (2001) Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Business Law

B.A. (1992) Rutgers University, Music

Ruth Hansen, CFRE is a Lecturer in the Department of Management at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA. She is a doctoral candidate and recipient of the Ernest R. Wood dissertation fellowship at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Ms. Hansen’s research focuses on fundraising and resource development for nonprofit organizations. Her dissertation examines fundraising communications for different types of beneficiaries. 

Ms. Hansen is an experienced charitable fundraiser and is a former board member and officer of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Her work has been published in Giving USA and in Advancing Philanthropy. Her practical experience, coupled with graduate education in business law and in philanthropic studies, contributes to a solid preparation for students seeking careers in management, particularly in nonprofit settings.

Ruth K. Hansen is an assistant professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s College of Business and Economics, where she teaches classes in nonprofit organizations, fundraising, organizational behavior, and ethics. Her research focuses on the practice of fundraising, popular support for unpopular causes, and social policy. She speaks regularly on the topics of fundraisers, fundraising, and related issues both nationally and internationally. Ruth has more than 20 years’ professional experience as a fundraiser, and is a former board member of AFP-Chicago. A recent project, “Gary Neighborhood House: Managing Mission and Uncertainty in the Civil Rights Era,” will be included in an upcoming volume, Hoosier Philanthropy, due out in 2019.

Ernest Wood Fellowship
April 2017
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Philanthropic Studies
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Master of Jurisprudence
Business Law
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Bachelor of Arts
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive)
December 2008

Academy of Management (AOM)
December 2017 - Current
International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)
2013 - Current
Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
2012 - Current
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
1999 - Current

Do Fundraising Appeals Contribute to Social Polarization? Identifying Causal Mechanisms.
Avner Ben-Ner, Lehn Benjamin
Science of fundraising: A meta-review of studies using experimental methods in fundraising
Abhishek Bhati
Meanings of "Community" in Fundraising Practice: Connotations, Boundaries, Obligations, and Treatment of In-groups/ Outgroups
A Penny for Your Thoughts: How do Fundraisers Think about Clients and Donors When Writing Appeals?
Unpopular: Examining the Role of Client Stigma in Writing Charitable Appeals
Do Fundraisers Write Different Appeals for Stigmatized Groups?
Professional Fundraising: Longevity, Effectiveness, and Vocational Satisfaction
T.S. Austin, J. Goodwin, T.H. Jeavons, D. King, S.K. Nathan, H. O’Connor, P.M. Rooney, G. Shaker, E.R. Tempel
Building Knowledge: Positioning Nonprofit Programs in Institutions of Higher Learning
C. Brunt, R. Long, P.M. Rooney, P.C. Weber
Discretion is Key: Some Factors in Fundraisers' Interpersonal Communications with Donors
Civil Rights, Urban Renewal, and the Final Years of the Gary Neighborhood House
Measure for Measure: Capturing Generosity in Volunteering
Richard Steinberg, Barbara Duffy, Yuan Tian

Gary Neighborhood House: Managing Mission and Uncertainty in the Civil Rights Era
Hoosier Philanthropy
Giving by Bequest (Chapter 5) 2019
Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018
Vol. 64 Pg. 126-144
Giving by Bequest (Chapter 6) 2018
Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017
Vol. 63 Pg. 133-146
Giving by Bequest (Chapter 6) 2017
Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016
Vol. 62 Pg. 129-143
Using the National League for Nursing Faculty Preparation for Global Experiences Toolkit for successful application for the Fulbright scholar award.
Nursing Education Perspectives
Vol. 38 Iss. 4 Pg. 214-215
Giving by Bequest (Chapter 5) 2016
Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015
Vol. 61 Pg. 97-110
Book Review: Michael Edwards, Civil Society, Third Edition.
VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Vol. 26 Iss. 1 Pg. 414-416
Book Review: Nonprofit Organizations and Civil Society in the United States by K. LeRoux and M.K. Feeney.
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Vol. 44 Iss. 5 Pg. 1071-1073
Whattsamatta wit U, or U really got a hold on me
ISTR Working Papers Series
Vol. IX

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