NACC Membership Application

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Please be sure you have reviewed the NACC Member Eligibility Requirements before you apply. NACC Membership is offered to academic programs, colleges, research centers, and similar organizations at accredited universities. NACC membership is not offered to individuals or entities outside of an accredited university at this time.
A non-refundable $250 application fee must be submitted before your application is considered complete.

I. General Information

I. General Information

Person completing the application:

II. College/Department/Center/Program Information

Nonprofit/philanthropy related academic/research center(s), if any:
Who is/are the current director(s) of this/these center(s), if any?

Who would serve as your organization's NACC Representative if your organization is awarded NACC membership?

III. Programmatic Information

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Nonprofit/philanthropy related undergraduate degrees offered, if any:
Nonprofit/philanthropy related graduate degrees offered, if any:
Nonprofit/philanthropy related credit-bearing graduate certificates offered, if any:

If your college/department or center does not offer standalone nonprofit/philanthropy degree programs:
(1) please tell us about any nonprofit/philanthropy related concentrations, specializations, minors, and/or courses that you offer;
(2) please tell us through which degree(s) or program(s) your nonprofit/philanthropy components are offered (e.g. MPA program, MA in Public Policy, etc.).
If you have more than three concentrations/specializations/minors/courses, or need additional space to explain your answer, please prepare a response in a word document and upload it using the document upload feature.
Concentrations/Specializations/Minors/Courses offered. Add more rows using the (+) button if needed.
Degree Programs through which these are offered. Add more rows using the (+) button if needed.

IV. Programmatic Areas of Education, Research, & Community Engagement

Three programmatic areas form the foundation for the work of NACC members: education, research, and community engagement. The following questions will examine if your program/center has strength in any of these programmatic areas. You must demonstrate proficiency in at least two of three programmatic areas.

A systematic program of academic credit studies is a requirement of the education criterion. The program need not take the form of a full degree, but it should be of an academic credit-bearing nature, including concentrations or specializations within full degrees, or academic credit (as opposed to noncredit) certificate programs. If a center or program does not offer credit programs itself, its leadership or staff shall participate in teaching these offerings by other academic units affiliated with the center. Other forms of noncredit education, including professional seminars, workshops and continuing education noncredit certificates, can be important dimensions of a center's educational programming and offer diverse learning opportunities, but a core of academic, credit-bearing offerings is essential.
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Some ongoing creation of publications by persons directly affiliated with the program is a requirement for the research criterion. We recognize that research in the field of nonprofit, nongovernmental, and philanthropic studies can take a wide variety of forms including: scholarship that yields books, articles, and papers in academic outlets; applied research of immediate application to practitioners in the field whether done under contract and/or disseminated in professional practice publications; knowledge building that yields curriculum and instructional materials and publications; or different products from the "scholarship of engagement." It also consists of disseminating the knowledge created through conferences, symposia, and seminars. All of these research and dissemination activities are valid and encouraged. However, among these activities we consider some on-going activity yielding scholarly and/or professional publications to be essential.
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The community engagement or service criterion is understood as academically-based activities that go beyond conventional faculty service assignments. This includes an ongoing and intentional program of engagement that attempts to provide direct impact in its nonprofit community to nonprofit organizations and the community at large. These should be substantial and a formal part of the program or center's programming, and may include providing consulting, technical advice or assistance to nonprofit organizations, convenings or workshops, or participating in nonprofit public policy and advocacy activities, to name just a few examples.
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To be eligible for membership, a program or center must demonstrate a substantial allocation of resources and programming to the programmatic area(s), including:

(1) A designated faculty or staff position which has primary responsibility to direct programmatic activities. The title and exact scope and type of responsibilities may vary, and some responsibility can be shared among other faculty, staff, or students.

(2) Accountability to and association with the academic division of the school, college, or university (which can include continuing or professional education), rather than some other area, such as student affairs.

(3) Staff support for its activities (no minimum level of staffing is required).
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Please use the following text box and/or document upload feature to provide additional information or support material if desired. Please do not include more than three attachments.

V. Optional

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IMPORTANT: Your application is not complete until your $250 application fee has been received. Please contact our Interim Executive Director, Nicole Collier, at, for payment instructions.
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