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About the Institute

In July 2016, the University at Albany launched an innovative new research institute to coordinate its multidisciplinary engagement efforts with the Capital Region’s nonprofit sector. Building on the award-winning Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector seminar series, the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development is a collaborative effort of Albany Law School and UAlbany’s Schools of Business, Public Health, Social Welfare, and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.


In the spring of 2013, the University at Albany began to formalize its long partnership with the nonprofit community in the Capital Region by offering a lecture series on current issues in the nonprofit sector. Experts on fundraising, fraud, governance, mergers, and a host of other topics shared their thoughts and facilitated discussion. Over time, departments at the University increased the number of nonprofit-related courses, coordinated a greater number of nonprofit internships and job placements, and conducted community research using both faculty and student teams. We recognized that we could do more for the community working together as a unit, and so the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development was born in July of 2016. 

In September of 2016, we held a large strategic planning event with members of the nonprofit and university community to help focus our mission and goals. The nonprofit community responded that training and professional development, a collection of online resources, and serving as a hub for the nonprofit community were all high priorities. Since then, we have been hard at work on new ways to answer the call, including an invigorated lecture series, in-depth professional development workshops, improved access to service-learning opportunities for students, plans for a nonprofit incubator, and many more initiatives.

At the Institute, we strive to provide what the community needs.  To stay up-to-date on our activities, please contact us.

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