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Philanthropy First: Why the Time Is Now to Implement Accreditation for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Academic Programs Around the World

Patrick M. Rooney


The growth in philanthropic and nonprofit education has been well documented by Mirabella (2007, 2016). The field of philanthropy has grown dramatically and unevenly with disjointed and overlapping sets within the academy. In many cases, the academic units are not within the purview of various accreditation protocols, and even when they are, the philanthropy and nonprofit aspects are a minor feature of those accreditation processes. Absent one already focused on philanthropy and nonprofits first, it is time to start an accreditation process with that as its primary focus and domain.


philanthropy; nonprofit management education; accreditation; certification; university-based programs

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