Nonprofits & Philanthropy

Serving the global public good

From research presentations at the White House to groundbreaking studies, USC Price faculty in nonprofits and philanthropy have been leading the way in action-oriented empirical analysis for more than 25 years. Our renowned experts in the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy engage in scholarly work that is rigorous, relevant and accessible— from urban revitalization efforts to philanthropic-government partnerships.

Nonprofit and Philanthropy Impact

How USC Price is informing policy decisions and making an impact in the community

“Our work illuminates a shifting philanthropic landscape — one where new and existing players are acting on a greater scale and at a faster pace. As a result, philanthropy in this century is more complex, more global, more donor-directed, and more pluralistic than ever before. This underscores the importance of educating a new generation of philanthropists, helping nonprofits understand their environment, and building the field of philanthropy.”

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Stories featuring USC Price research and expertise

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USC Price faculty and students share their expertise in policy areas that are shaping the world.

“The field is growing around the world. Being able to rigorously analyze and critically look at the nonprofit and philanthropic sector and what it’s trying to accomplish is important and a longstanding priority and strength at the Price School. We focus on how organizations operate and interface with their external constituencies, whether it’s government or the community.”

Elizabeth Graddy
USC Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs,
Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business, and the Economy at Price

Nonprofit-related Academic Programs and Specializations

Nonprofit Faculty

Explore USC Price faculty and their cross-disciplinary scholarship

Nick Duquette headshotNicolas DuquetteAssistant ProfessorNonprofit economics, public finance, economic history
Nicole E. EsparzaAssociate ProfessorNonprofit organizations, networks, philanthropy, and urban inequality
James M. FerrisProfessor
Emery Evans Olson Chair in Non-Profit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Director, Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy
Philanthropy, nonprofit economics, public finance, public policy, institutional analysis
Elizabeth GraddyProfessor
Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business, and the Economy
Executive Vice Provost
Institutional economics, governance, nonprofit organizations,industry structure
Alexandra Graddy-ReedAssistant Professor of Public PolicyPublic economics, philanthropy and nonprofits, social innovation, science and innovation policy, research and development
Rym KakiRym KakiAssociate Professor (Teaching)
Vice Chair of the Department of Governance, Management, and the Policy Process
Public and non-profit organizations management, public policy analysis, urban poverty policy, social entrepreneurship, institutional design, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Dean Jack H. Knott headshotJack H. KnottDean
C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair and Professor
Political institutions and public policy, health policy, and public management.
Gary Dean PainterGary Dean PainterProfessor
Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation
Director, Homelessness Policy Research Institute
Social Innovation, Housing economics, Urban economics, education policy, program evaluation
Jane PisanoProfessorInternational relations, public administration, civic engagement
Shui Yan Tang headshotShui Yan TangProfessor
Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor in Public Administration
Chair, Department of Governance, Management and the Policy Process
Institutional Analysis and Design; Collaborative Governance; Local and Community-based Governance; Common-Pool Resource Governance; Environmental Politics and Policy; Microfinance
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USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy

Groundbreaking research. Inspiring speakers. Illuminating forums.

The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy promotes more effective philanthropy and strengthens the nonprofit sector through research that informs philanthropic decision-making and public policy to advance community problem solving. Visit the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy