Nonprofit management & leadership

Nonprofit organizations play an essential role in society by providing goods, services, and connections that might not otherwise be available. School of Public Affairs faculty conduct research on multiple aspects of the nonprofit sector, including philanthropy, nonprofit governance and financial management, social entrepreneurship, and the ways in which nonprofits use collaborations and networks to achieve their missions.


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PUAD 5110/CRJU 5010 Seminar in Nonprofit Management

  • Portrait of Dr. Jason Machado

    Machado brings passion to virtual class on nonprofit management

    Sep 11, 2020 by Rebecca Gianarkis
    Students in Dr. Jason Machado’s classes have the opportunity to learn from a University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs (SPA) alumnus who teaches as a way to share his passion for the nonprofit sector and its role in advocacy work. Machado teaches at least six different classes via online, remote, and in-person modalities. His students range from certificate and degree-seeking graduate and undergraduate students interested in the intersection between public administration or criminal justice and the nonprofit sector.
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Alumni stories

Our School of Public Affairs alumni make a huge impact in Colorado and beyond! Read their stories.

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    MPA alumni share experiences leading Colorado nonprofits during COVID-19 pandemic

    Sep 8, 2020 by Joan Fishburn
    School of Public Affairs alumni Annie Davies (MPA ’03), Engagement Director Western U.S., at the United Way (formerly Executive Director of United Way Larimer County), and Rachel Fuchs (MPA ’16), Director of Partner Services at Intercambio, recently answered questions on how they, as nonprofit leaders, continue to lead their organizations through challenging times and into the future.
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  • DCLF Alumni Spotlight: Terrell Curtis

    Aug 4, 2020 by Guest Contributor
    Terry Curtis, Associate Investment Director, Family Economic Security, Gary Community Investments, shares her experiences of participating in the School of Public Affairs Denver Community Leadership Forum.
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  • DCLF Alumni Spotlight: Emily Bustos

    Aug 4, 2020 by Guest Contributor
    Emily Bustos, CEO, Denver’s Early Childhood Council, shares her experiences of participating in the School of Public Affairs Denver Community Leadership Forum.
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Faculty OpEd


Leadership training spotlight

Meet DCLF instructor Merrick Weaver

In 2018, the Denver Community Leadership Forum (DCLF) was rejuvenated after a short hiatus. The curriculum was revamped and new faculty were engaged. In this video, DCLF director Lisa VanRaemdonck interviews DCLF faculty member Merrick Weaver about the concept of “learning in public” and why it is an important part of leadership development.


Latest news on nonprofit management & leadership

  • Economic Development Class Strengthens San Luis Valley Communities throughout the years

    Nov 16, 2022
    Since 2017, students in Randy Harrison’s ‘Economic Development’ class (PUAD 5630) have had the opportunity to engage with Colorado communities in an experience unlike any felt in a typical classroom. Through its partnership with Downtown Colorado, Inc., this SPA course allows students to become project coordinators in a process known as the Colorado Challenge Program; here, students connect with community members and experts in the field to establish a plan of work to engage public, private, and non-profit partners in addressing a significant community challenge over the course of their semester. Through their partnership, SPA students and DCI have connected with and created initiatives for almost 30 Colorado communities.
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    Sara Reynolds Talks About Her Lifelong Passion for Public Service

    Nov 2, 2022 by Joan Fishburn
    Sara Reynolds is the Vice President of Operations for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. She oversees the daily operations of COGA, including financial management, membership development, programs and events, and community investments.
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  • Brad Reubendale

    Alum Brad Reubendale: Nourishing a Nonprofit DreamOpens in a new window

    Mar 3, 2022
    CU Denver alum Brad Reubendale, executive director of SAME (So All May Eat) Café on East Colfax, knows all too well what it means to lose everything. At 17, he and his family were excommunicated from the Missouri cult he’d been raised in. “The only humans I knew were my brothers and my parents until I got my feet back under me working in youth services for the Salvation Army.”
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