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Why a PhD?

After more than a decade of working as a fundraiser and consultant for nonprofits, my commitment to the social sector remains strong, but it has also led me to ask some challenging questions. Does the traditional nonprofit model lead to “managing” rather than solving social sector problems, and prioritizing financial sustainability over systemic change? Does the nonprofit sector need to be fixed, or even replaced? Is social enterprise the answer? What makes specific causes and goals more or less likely to to benefit from nonprofit vs. for-profit intervention? My drive to address these questions has inspired me to shift my career path and re-chart the next phase of my academic and professional life.

About Jessica Haynie

Jessica Haynie began her PhD in Public Administration in the Fall 2016 at North Carolina State University. Her research interests include the progress and sustainability of the nonprofit sector, as well as social innovation and entrepreneurship. She is currently working on research related to community nonprofit carrying capacity, sector density, and network analysis. Additional projects include looking at the relationship between overhead expenses and outputs, as well as adaptive organizational culture. Her strong commitment to the social sector is reflected in twelve years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, management, and consulting. She is the CEO of Three Stones Consulting, a strategy firm for the social sector that she founded seven years ago. Additionally, Jessica is a contributing writer for the Philanthropy Journal, a program of the Institute for Nonprofits at NC State. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado and an MBA with a focus on nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

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