In 2016, the Center selected Dr. Muthusami Kumaran from the University of Florida as its first ever Researcher in Residence and Visiting Philanthropy Faculty. Dr. Kumaran spent one semester at the Center supporting Our House, Inc., a local nonprofit, to collect, organize, and analyze data to advance practice and performance of its mission.
Recently published studies by the Center on Community Philanthropy:
– Passing the Torch: Planning for the Next Generation of Leaders in Public Service by Karl Besel and Charlotte Lewellen Williams. Co-authored by the Center on Community Philanthropy’s Director Dr. Charlotte Williams and past Scholar and Residence Dr. Karl Besel of Indiana University Northwest, Passing the Torch is essential for nonprofit leaders, university faculty, and students to understand the factors that influence selection of a career in public service and to plan for succession in your organization.
– Journal of Communication, The Changing Misrepresentation of Race and Crime on Network and Cable News by Travis Dixon and Charlotte L. Williams
– Foundation Review, “Community Philanthropy: How the Delta Region Revives, Embraces, and Promotes the Spirit of Giving,” by Charlotte L. Williams, Sherece West and Joanna Klak
– Nonprofit Management and Leadership, “Nonprofit Sustainability During Times of Uncertainty,” (Registration required) by Dr. Karl Besel, Charlotte L. Williams and Joanna Klak
Scholars in Residence
The Center on Community Philanthropy proudly presents its “Scholars in Residence” program, a designation extended to researchers, practitioners and senior executives who have demonstrated exemplary contributions in the field of community philanthropy. Each Scholar joins the center for one week at the Clinton School.
During their stay, Scholars in Residence write an essay on community philanthropy, interact with students and faculty and present their work, in the form of a Public Program, as a part of the Clinton School Speaker Series.
In 2010, the Center published a compendium of essays by its scholars titled, “Community Philanthropy: Strategies for Impacting Vulnerable Populations.”
In 2013, the Center published a compendium of essays by its scholars titled, “Pathways to Racial Healing and Equity in the American South.”
In 2016, the Center published the third compendium of essays by its scholars during the first National Conference on Community Philanthropy and Public Service titled, “Community Philanthropy and Public Service: Practicing Models of Giving, Civic Engagement and Leadership Development.”
In 2016, the Center published its fourth compendium titled “Good to Great: Expanding Access to Quality Pre-K in Arkansas” through the Good to Great partnership between the Center, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Arkansas Public Policy Panel, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and Arkansas State University Department of Childhood Services.
Past scholars include (for a full list of past scholars, click here):
David Beckwith, Principal Consultant, Great Lakes Institute
Emmett Carson PhD., President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Foundation
Diana Aviv, President and CEO of Independent Sector
Ronald Richard, President/CEO Cleveland Foundation
john a. powell, Executive Director Haas Diversity Research Center University of California Berkeley
Manuel Pastor Ph.D., Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California
David R. Williams. Ph.D., Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health, Harvard School
Minnijean Brown Trickey, Little Rock Nine
Joel Anderson Ph.D., Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Ivye L. Allen, Ph.D., President, Foundation for the Mid South
Heather Larkin, J.D., CPA, President and CEO Arkansas Community Foundation
Steven E. Mayer, Ph.D., Director,Effective Communities
Sherece Y. West PhD., President, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Wenda Weekes Moore, Board of Trustees, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Suzanne Eloise Siskel, Director of Philanthropy at the Ford Foundation
Hanmin Liu, Ph.D., DDS, President and CEO of Wildflower Institute
Kristin Lindsey Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Council on Foundations
John H. Jackson, Ed.D., J.D., President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education
Kathy Smith, Senior Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation
Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholars
The Center on Community Philanthropy hosts a Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholar for one semester at the Clinton School. Visiting scholars pursue a research project that furthers the center’s mission to explore community philanthropy as a distinct practice of philanthropy and a powerful influence for turning communities toward social and economic development. In addition to the research project, scholars are expected to engage in class lectures and student learning. Eligible candidates must be an associate or full professor who has received approval for a research sabbatical or equivalent leave.
Travis Dixon, Communication Alumni Professorial Scholar and Associate Professor of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Dr. Travis Dixon is an Associate Professor of Communications at the University of California Los Angeles. His research interests primarily focuses on minority racial stereotyping and television news. During his time as Visiting Philanthropy Fellow, Dr. Dixon co-authored a study with the Center on Community Philanthropy Director Dr. Charlotte Lewellen-Williams entitled “The Changing Misrepresentation of Race and Crime on Network and Cable News.”
Karl Besel, Ph.D., Assistant Dean and Director, Professor of Public Administration and Health Management, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Northwest – Dr. Karl Besel is an Associate Professor at Indiana University-Kokomo School of Public and Environmental Affairs. His research interests include non-profit sustainability, community and economic development, and comparative civil society. Dr. Besel has served in a variety of roles in the field of philanthropy including principal investigator, consultant and academic fellow. During his time as Visiting Philanthropy Fellow, Dr. Besel co-authored a study with the Center on Community Philanthropy Director Dr. Charlotte Lewellen-Williams entitled “Nonprofit sustainability during times of uncertainty.”