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.

DCLF instructor Merrick Weaver on Learning in Public (2020)


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