PhD Residency–Nonprofit Management Day One

by Carrie Roberts, CEO

Many of you probably don’t know that I am working on a PhD in Public Policy with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Today I started a five day residency in Houston, Texas, focusing on what it means to be a doctoral scholar—practioner. I figured most of this week would be very academic in nature, but I really wanted to blog about my experience, because one of the reasons I’m doing this PhD is to bring my passion for nonprofits together with my love of academic learning. I’m hoping that this collision results in good results for those working in the nonprofit sector. My classes are at Walden University, www.waldenu.edu and right away today, in the opening session, I received confirmation that I am in the right place, doing the right thing.

Walden wants to train scholar-practioners who are interested in social change.  My whole career has been about social change, as that is what typifies the nonprofit sector. During the opening session we watched a video of a woman who earned her PhD in public health policy and used her training to go to the remote Watu tribe in Tanzaniza, Africa. She provided dental and health programs for the local peoples. I was touched beyond belief.

Yes, I’ll be learning about correct APA citations, accessing appropriate databases, using correct statistical formulas and tests – but to what end? That is the important question.  I’m not completing my PhD for the sake of knowledge, but to bring about social change. For me, it’s about…

  • …helping to strengthen the nonprofit sector
  • …helping the sector access needed capacity-building funds
  • …finding corporate funding partners that align with the work of the nonprofit sector

This is my mission.  This is the mission of For the Charitable Community, Inc.

Stay tuned.  The next few days will be interesting.  We all might learn a lot.  I know I will.

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Beverly Molander of Unity Online Radio interviewed Carrie Roberts on the air. Carrie talked about the financial challenges that nonprofits face and she explained important issues for nonprofit start-ups. Carrie and Beverly discussed the mission of For The Charitable Community, and Carrie explained what makes the upcoming Fearless Fundraising webinar unique. Listen here: Unity Online Radio Interview.

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