Navis, Lewis present at UW-W Undergraduate Research Day

March 22, 2019 on 11:32 am | In Research | No Comments

One of the enduring critical issues of societies across time is how to care for those in need. Who is responsible for providing care? Who is responsible for funding it?

Alexandra Lewis (Left) and Mariah Navis (Right) with Research Poster

We know that charitable giving isn’t evenly spread across the nonprofit sector. What can published accounts tell us about what Americans consider less worthy of donations? Over this academic year, students Alexandra Lewis ’18 and Mariah Navis ’19 have been working with Dr. Ruth Hansen to replicate a study first done in the United Kingdom by Dr. Ali Body and Dr. Beth Breeze, using published accounts as a proxy to determine which charities and causes are considered unpopular or unworthy by the general public. Alex and Mariah presented the study’s preliminary results at the UW-W Undergraduate Research Day on March 21.

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Preliminary findings show some differences between the list generated by reviewing UK media and the one reviewing US media.  For instance, US articles identified Confederate heritage as an unpopular cause.  Articles on the topic started appearing in 2015, after a mass shooting in a historic black church in Charleston, SC prompted national debate on displaying the Confederate flag and other monuments to the Confederacy.

Mariah and Alex will also present preliminary findings at the system-wide undergraduate research symposium, held this April at UW-Green Bay. The research team plans to conclude analysis this spring.

UW-W Faculty Present at ISTR Conference in Amsterdam

July 18, 2018 on 2:36 pm | In Research | No Comments

Last week UW-Whitewater Nonprofit Management faculty Carol Brunt and Ruth Hansen traveled to Amsterdam, the Netherlands to present research papers at the biannual conference of the International Society for Third-Sector Research .

Dr. Brunt’s presentation, Advancing a “People-First” Culture: Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Curricula, assessed the inclusion of human resource management in American nonprofit management education.

Dr. Hansen’s presentation, Unpopular: Examining the Role of Client Stigma in Writing Charitable Appeals, looked at evidence of fundraising practice for different nonprofit client groups.

The conference was hosted by the Philanthropic Studies department of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and allowed for discussion among 600 scholars of nonprofits and philanthropy from around the world.  Dr. Brunt and Dr. Hansen joined colleagues in visiting some of Amsterdam’s nonprofits, including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Anne Frank Museum.

Fun fact: In addition to tulips, the Dutch pride themselves on their cheese making.  One associate at an Henri Willig cheese shop asked us to convey greetings back “to Wisconsin, to our fellow cheeseheads!”

To learn more about nonprofit management at UW-W, visit our webpage.  You can also follow Ruth on Twitter: @Ruth_K_Hansen .

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