A Content Analysis of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership: Results from Empirical and Theoretical Article Analysis


  • Heather L Carpenter Louisiana State University, Shreveport
  • Michael Taylor Seton Hall University
  • Hunter Goodman University of Arkansas System
  • Jeannie Fox Hamline University
  • Claudia Petrescu Kansas State University




content analysis, journal, nonprofit and philanthropic studies, nacc


This study reports a content analysis of the first 10 years of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership (JNEL). A team of 10 researchers spent two years piloting, and comprehensively reading and coding 97 theoretical articles published between 2010-2020. This analysis found the journal published education and leadership-focused articles with an emerging area of democracy-focused articles. The journal produced a mix of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods articles, which differ from previous content analysis studies conducted in other nonprofit and philanthropic studies journals. The keywords were separated into the 16 categories of the NACC curricular guidelines, which demonstrated the variety of education and leadership-focused topics covered in the first 10 years of the journal. This study has implications for nonprofit and philanthropic studies as JNEL is a lesser-known emerging journal that caters to practitioners and scholars.


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