Dr. David Campbell has many years of experience in the nonprofit sector. His research interests include nonprofit organizational development; accountability and feedback practices; emergence and adaptation, mergers and other forms of restructuring. He has held senior management positions in major nonprofit organizations in New York City and Cleveland, most recently as Vice President for Programs at the Community Service Society of New York. Dr. Campbell has received funding from Campus Compact and the Sunshine Lady Foundation for the Philanthropy Incubator he founded. The program educates and encourages philanthropy among undergraduate and graduate students including awarding funds to local nonprofit organizations. He serves on advisory boards for major national nonprofit organizations, including Charity Navigator and the Learning by Giving Foundation. He is also a member of the boards of United Way of New York State and the Franziska Racker Centers.
- PhD, Social Welfare, Case Western Reserve University
- MAR, Yale University
- B.A., Bates College, Phi Beta Kappa
Recent Courses as Instructor
- Introduction to Nonprofit Management and Leadership
- Issues in Nonprofit Administration
- Philanthropy and Civil Society (Undergraduate, Scholars Program)
- Capstone Seminar
- Praxis Through Cases
Current Research Interests
- The evolution of nonprofit organizations in community life
- Accountability, feedback and stakeholder relations in the nonprofit sector
- Nonprofit organization creation and sustainability
- Interorganizational restructuring in the nonprofit sector
- How higher education prepares students for careers in public service
Campbell, D. A., Lambright, K. T., & Wells, C. J. (2014). Looking for friends, fans, and followers? Social media use in public and nonprofit human services. Public administration review, 74(5), 655-663.
Campbell, D. A. (2014). Practicing philanthropy in American higher education: Cultivating engaged citizens and nonprofit sector professionals.Journal of Public Affairs Education, 217-231.
Campbell, D. A., Lambright, K. T., & Bronstein, L. R. (2012). In the eyes of the beholders: Feedback motivations and practices among nonprofit providers and their funders. Public Performance & Management Review,36(1), 7-30.
Campbell, D. (2011). The lessons of 9/11 philanthropy: A decade later. Chronicle of Philanthropy, September 6, 2011.
Campbell, D. A., & Lambright, K. T. (2011). How valuable are capstone projects for community organizations? Lessons from a program assessment.Journal of Public Affairs Education, 61-87.
Campbell, D. (2010). Organic and sustainable: The emergence, formalization, and performance of a September 11th disaster relief organization. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 21(2), 139-153.
Campbell, D. (2010). Is constituent feedback living up to its promise? Provider perceptions of feedback practices in nonprofit human service organizations. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 91(3), 313-320.
Campbell, D. A. (2009). Stand by me: Organization founding in the aftermath of disaster. The American Review of Public Administration.
Campbell, D. A. (2009). Giving up the single life: Leadership motivations for interorganizational restructuring in nonprofit organizations. Administration in Social Work, 33(4), 368-386.
Campbell, D., Bonbright, D. & Nguyen, L. (2008). The 21st century potential of constituent voice: Opportunities for reform. Report prepared for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, available here.
Campbell, D. A. (2008). Getting to yes… or no: Nonprofit decision making and interorganizational restructuring. Nonprofit Management and Leadership,19(2), 221-241.
Other Professional Activities
- Track Chair, Annual Conference, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), 2009-2011
- Advisory Panel, Member, Charity Navigator
- Advisory Committee, Learning by Giving Foundation
- Board Member (Executive Committee), Family and Children's Service of Ithaca
- Professional Trainer, Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County