College of Business and Economics

Dr. Ruth K. Hansen Appointed New Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Management Studies

The Institute for Nonprofit Management Studies welcomes new Director Dr. Ruth K. Hansen, Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dr. Hansen assumed the responsibilities of director in July 2022. Dr. Hansen earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2018; her research focuses on the theory and practice of fundraising, stigma, and equity and inclusion in resource mobilization. She joined UW-Whitewater in 2016, teaching courses on nonprofit organizations, fundraising, organizational behavior, and research methods.

Dr. Hansen has more than 20 years’ professional experience as a fundraiser, and is a former board member of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Recent publications include “Applying a stakeholder management approach to ethics in charitable fundraising,” published in the Journal of Philanthropy and Marketing and “Gary Neighborhood House: Managing mission and uncertainty in the Civil Rights era,” in the edited volume Hoosier Philanthropy, due out this fall. She contributed the chapter, “Theory in Fundraising,” to the new edition of  Achieving Excellence in Fundraising,  which was featured on Bill Stanczykiewicz’s First Day Podcast from The Fundraising School.  Her research with Dr. Lauren Dula on fundraising appeal letters, supported by the AFP Foundation, was the subject of a recent article in Successful Fundraising.

The Institute for Nonprofit Management Studies thanks Dr. Carol Brunt  for her service as the inaugural Director of the Institute from 2018-2022. During her tenure, UW-Whitewater developed new academic programs for the study of nonprofit management. A scholar of international development and nonprofit management education programs, Dr. Brunt’s knowledge and efforts have been instrumental in the development of the Institute for Nonprofit Management Studies.  In addition to establishing new academic programs, other key accomplishments of the Institute have included visiting faculty speakers; cross-campus collaboration on Wisconsin-focused nonprofit sector research; annual Careers in Nonprofits events; and an internship program that supports student experiences in local nonprofit organizations. Dr. Brunt convened the core staff of the Institute, which also includes Megan Matthews and Kristen Burton. Many thanks to Dr. Brunt for her dedicated service.

Located within UW-W CoBE’s Department of Management, the Institute for Nonprofit Management Studies promotes the study and practice of nonprofit management at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and within the larger community. The Institute focuses on relevant research, energized education, and community co-production to strengthen Wisconsin communities.

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The Institute for Nonprofit Management Studies recently worked with the Helen Bader Institute on the Wisconsin Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Report which is now available for review. Click here for more information about the report and to obtain a copy. For an update on the institute's other activities, please see our Winter/Spring 2022 Newsletter

For information on UW-Whitewater's Nonprofit Management academic programs, including our minor for business and non-business majors, and emphasis for General Management majors, visit our Nonprofit Management program page.  If you are interested in pursuing a nonprofit management minor or emphasis, please visit CoBE Advising in Hyland 1200. Their drop-in hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, or you can call them any time during regular office hours at 262-472-4900.  Please also feel free to reach out to the Nonprofit Management academic team at


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Dr. Ruth Hansen appeared as a guest speaker on the May 31st edition of Bill Stanczykiewicz' First Day Podcast from The Fund Raising School. Click here to listen.

National COVID-19 Nonprofit Impact Report

Researchers have released a nationwide picture of COVID impacts. A total of 68 state level reports from 43 states covering over 21,000 nonprofit organizations have been compiled to provide a national level synthesis of COVID's impact on the nonprofit sector. The written report and a shared table summarizing the state reports is available at this link:  States of COVID-19:  Synthesis of State-level Nonprofit Reports on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Wisconsin COVID-19 Impact Study

The Helen Bader Institute (HBI), in collaboration with the Institute for Nonprofit Management Studies (INMS), conducted a series of surveys to assess the state of Wisconsin nonprofits after the onset of the coronavirus. Report One is available:  The COVID-19 Effect on Wisconsin's Nonprofit Sector. 

HBI and INMS also evaluated the impact of the pandemic on various sectors of nonprofit organizations. For details, see the reports on the COVID-19 Effect on Nonprofit Human Services  and on the COVID-19 Effect on Arts, Culture, & Humanities.


If you are graduating soon with a focus in Nonprofit Management, or just looking for work in the nonprofit sector, here are some sites you might find helpful. 

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