Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management
The Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management (CNSM) is a globally-recognized leader in analyzing the evolving role of nonprofit organizations within the context of society, politics, and the economy.
Through community engagement, teaching, and research, it examines how government, business, and philanthropic organizations are structuring their governance to help solve today’s most pressing policy issues.
Its New York City location encourages interaction with the nation’s most active nonprofit sector, and promotes internship and placement opportunities with many advocacy organizations.
To learn more about CNSM, download the brochure. For more information, contact:
General Inquiries or call 646-660-6743
Jack Krauskopf, CNSM Director
Nicole Marwell, Academic Director
CNSM Events Feature Policy Thought Leaders
The Center delivers its best thinking about public sector leadership, management and policy through its seminar series, conferences, and Consulting Day. All events focus on pressing nonprofit policy issues and provide an opportunity for practitioners to connect with noted experts in the field.
Click here to access an updated list of events, as well as PowerPoint presentations, videos, summaries, speaker biographies, and other event materials.
To obtain information about our seminars or to join our mailing list, please contact us by phone at (646)660-6743 or by email.
Community Engagement Programs Promote Leadership
The Center hosts a variety of community engagement activities, including educational programs, nonprofit seminars, educational events, and nonprofit policy involvement:
- Educational Leadership Programs
CSNM works with the School’s Office of Executive Programs to develop non-credit leadership educational programs for some of New York’s largest nonprofit umbrella organizations. The Partnership for After School Education, United Neighborhood Houses, and the Hispanic Federation are among the organizations that co-sponsor certification in nonprofit management for senior staff members.
- Monthly Nonprofit Seminars
The Center offers a free monthly series of seminars and workshops covering a wide range of topics on nonprofit finance, fundraising, management, marketing, and many other timely issues. For more information about our seminars, or to join our mailing list, please call (646) 660-6743.
- Consulting Day Provides Pro Bono Consultations
Consulting Day, CNSM’s signature community engagement program, gives nonprofit leaders and staff an annual opportunity to receive pro bono advice from more than 40 experienced consultants. The 45-minute, one-to-one sessions focus on:
- Board development
- Capacity building
- Program evaluation
- Marketing and communications
- Financial management
- Strategic planning
In addition, the event includes two workshops on topics such as strategic enterprise and advanced social media. Click here for an archive of Consulting Day descriptions, videos, or seminars.
- Nonprofit Policy Involvement
CSNM faculty regularly participates in nonprofit boards, advisory organizations, and governmental committees. Among their board involvement:
- Director Jack Krauskopf was a member of the New York State Attorney General’s Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization, and is on the New York City Independent Budget Offices’ Advisory Board, as well as five nonprofit boards
- Academic Director Nicole Marwell leads research on government financing of nonprofits, among other projects
- Affiliate Hector Cordero-Guzman sits on the board of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations (ARNOVA)
CSNM Promotes Research for Scholars and Practitioners
The Center promotes research on nonprofit and non-governmental organizations conducted by Baruch faculty. The Center also works with affiliated faculty and external organizations to produce original research on timely topics:
- Surveys Present Perspectives on Human Services Issues
CSNM has published an annual Nonprofit Executive Outlook Survey that analyzes the views of executive directors of New York City human services agencies about current conditions affecting their clients and the operations of their programs. The recent surveys include responses to Superstorm Sandy, as well as how human services organizations persevere in uncertain times.
Surveys are developed in conjunction with the key social services organizations such as Human Services Council of New York City, United Neighborhood Houses of New York, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, UJA Federation of New York, Catholic Charities, and others. Click here to access archives of CNSM surveys.
- Case Studies Promote Advocacy Campaigns
Under the direction of Professor John Casey, CNSM produces New York nonprofit case studies, including advocacy for better public policies for waste management, child welfare, and educational finance, as well as other topics that promote the roles of New York nonprofits. Case studies are available in:
- Full versions with an appendix with an analysis of the lesson learned
- Student versions for use in the classroom (appendix is omitted)
- Teaching Notes with how-to information, study questions for classroom discussions and an analysis of lessons learned.
Click here to access our case studies.
- Working Papers Present Research in Progress
The Center’s Working Papers Series, edited by Professor Susan Chambre’, focuses on significant and emerging nonprofit sector policy and management issues. Contributors include Baruch and CUNY faculty as well as emerging scholars from other institutions.
The Center publishes papers on these topics:
• Government contracting, governance and accountability
• Organizational strategies
• Community-based organizations
• Human resources
• Civic engagement
• Women and philanthropy
• Global perspectives
- Research Reports Focus on Critical Policy Issues
Visit the links below to access our latest research reports:
Leadership, Diversity and Legal Services: Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of Legal Services Management in New York and in America’s Most Diverse City - Fall 2009, Conducted by Professor Sonia R. Jarvis.
SPA Program Includes Nonprofit Coursework and Specialization
The School of Public Affairs offers both Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs (BSPA) degrees. The MPA includes a wide selection of nonprofit-related courses, and students can pursue a specialization in nonprofit management as part of their degree.
The BSPA program focuses on the advocacy and analysis of public policy, examining how nonprofit and public organizations are involved in policy development and implementation. Students can earn certification in a range of nonprofit organizational competencies, and earn internships with nonprofit organizations.
Visit SPA’s Admissions pages to learn more about our degree programs.
CNSM Faculty: Large and Globally Diverse
The CNSM faculty with globally diverse nonprofit interests is one of the largest in the country. More than 80% are full-time professors who are engaged in research projects on nonprofit collaborations, city and state contracting with New York City nonprofits, global nonprofit organizations and evaluations of specific programs.
- Stan Altman, Professor, Health Policy and Administration
- Cristina Balboa, Assistant Professor, Public Administration
- David Birdsell, Dean and Professor, Public Communication
- Micheline Blum, Distinguished Lecturer and Director of Baruch Survey Research, Survey Research
- Hilary Botein, Assistant Professor, Housing Policy
- John Casey, Associate Professor, Comparative Nonprofit Administration
- Susan Chambré, Professor, Volunteer Management
- Bin Chen, Assistant Professor, Organizational Networks
- Hector Cordero-Guzman, Professor, Immigrant-Serving Nonprofits and Philanthropy
- Michael Feller, Substitute Assistant Professor
- Bill Ferns, Associate Professor, Computer and Information Systems
- Paul Firstenberg, Adjunct Professor, Boards and Finance
- Florence Frucher, Adjunct Professor, Health Care Management
- John Goering, Professor, Housing Policy
- Els de’Graauw, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
- Peter Dobkin Hall, Professor, Nonprofit History and Theory
- Sonia Jarvis, Distinguished Lecturer, Law & Equality
- Jack Krauskopf, Distinguished Lecturer, Human Services and Emergency Management
- Frederick Lane, Faculty Fellow, Administration of Nonprofit Organizations
- Thomas Lyons, Professor & Field Family Chair in Entrepreneurship, Economic Development Policy
- Nicole Marwell, Associate Professor, Sociology
- Michael Seltzer, Distinguished Lecturer, Nonprofit Organizations and Philanthropy
- Robert Smith, Professor, Immigration and American Institutions
Newsletter Explores Role of Nonprofits
CSNM’s newsletter explores critical issues facing nonprofit organizations today, including the role of nonprofits in society and how government, business and philanthropic organizations are structuring their governance to help solve today’s most pressing policy issues.
Click here to access our newsletter.
Helpful Resources for Nonprofits
Click here to access a list of organizations, publications and media links that can provide helpful information and data about nonprofit organizations.