The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy will host a reception on Thursday, September 7 at 5 p.m. in Sturgis Hall to release its first Researcher in Residence study, completed in partnership with Our House, Inc.
Our House is a local nonprofit that utilizes a multi-generational approach to assist homeless and near-homeless families transition into the workforce and civic life.
Dr. Muthusami Kumaran was the 2016 Center on Community Philanthropy’s Researcher in Residence. Our House Executive Director Georgia Mjartan and members of her staff worked with Dr. Kumaran in partnership with the Center on Community Philanthropy to craft a meaningful data project aimed to build capacity for innovative data collection and analysis as Our House continues its work toward its powerful mission.
“Strengthening capacity of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector is critical for communities across the state,” said Dr. Charlotte Williams, Associate Professor and Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “We are excited to share the findings from the project with our partners and cultivate more data driven practice within the field.”
Dr. Kumaran is currently an assistant professor of Nonprofit Management and Community Organizations in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida. He received a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Madras, India, where he also earned two master’s degrees and a Bachelor of Science.
“Positioning our students to better understand assessment tools and compete in a data driven world was another benefit of hosting the Researcher in Residence here at our school,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “We look forward to more opportunities like this in the future.”
This project is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit wkkf.org.
About the Center on Community Philanthropy
Launched in 2007, the Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy was created to focus its teaching, research and policy-making exclusively on the emerging field of community philanthropy, the idea of giving and sharing time, talent, and treasure from within one’s own community. For further information, please visit the Center’s website.