David Campbell has devoted his career to research and practice in the nonprofit sector. His research interests address a range of critical nonprofit management issues, including accountability and performance measurement; organizational emergence and adaptation (specifically in response to disaster); and mergers and other forms of restructuring. In recent years, the opportunity to teach at Koç University in Turkey has led him to pursue new research on philanthropy and giving in that country, with colleagues there. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Nonprofit Management and Leadership. 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 the Learning by Giving Foundation and Campus Compact for the Philanthropy Incubator he founded. The program educates and encourages philanthropy among undergraduate and graduate students including awarding funds to local nonprofit organizations and has distributed more than $100,000 to local organizations over the past seven years. He is a proud member of the board of the Franziska Racker Centers, a leader in providing services and opportunities for individuals with disabilities, which envisions a world "where all people know they belong."
- PhD, Social Welfare, Case Western Reserve University
- MAR, Yale University
- B.A., Bates College, Phi Beta Kappa
Recent Courses as Instructor
- Foundations of Civic Engagement (undergraduate)
- 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
- Accountability and performance measurement in in the nonprofit sector
- The evolving role of social media in the nonprofit sector
- Philanthropy and Civil Society Development in Turkey
- How higher education prepares students for careers in public service
Campbell, D. & Lambright, K. (In press). Struggling to get it right: Performance measurement challenges and strategies for addressing them among funders of human services. Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Campbell, D. & Lambright, K. (2016). Program performance and multiple constituency theory. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45(1), 150-171.
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
- Member, Editorial Board, Nonprofit Management and Leadership
- Member, Council on Accreditation and Peer Review (COPRA), Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
- Board Member, Franziska Racker Centers, Trumansburg, New York