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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

About Us

Welcome to the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. We envision a vibrant philanthropic culture in Houston, where individuals of all ages and means are inspired to give and to serve, and where nonprofit leaders-- both professional and volunteer -- have access to the highest quality of educational resources to support their work.

Through the generosity of Rice alumni C.M. “Hank” and Demaris Hudspeth, we are able to expand upon the 20-year history of nonprofit and fundraising course offerings at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. We have surveyed over 2,700 local nonprofit employees, fundraisers and foundation staff members to determine how this Center can benefit Houston, and we are beginning to offer new courses based on this research.

We intend to unite theory and nonprofit sector experience in our courses, so students can learn from professors and seasoned practitioners. Our courses will prepare nonprofit professionals to lead their organizations and strengthen their communities. Fundraisers will acquire best practices to secure resources; board members and volunteers will learn to serve more effectively; and donors will learn to give wisely.

We realize these goals seem grand, but most goals regarding education and philanthropy are grand. As the Center grows, we will look to collaborate with our Rice University colleagues and to partner with other nonprofit institutions to advance our understanding of philanthropy and nonprofit leadership. We know this will require support from the community, but we happen to have a deep appreciation for the power of individuals coming together to make a difference in the world.

We invite you to join us in this journey. Navigate our new website and read about our instructors, our courses, and see how the Center might help you. We want to help nonprofit organizations achieve their missions and share the power philanthropic action has to enhance our world. We are willing to start… What will you do?

Our Vision

We envision a vibrant philanthropic sector in which nonprofit organizations achieve their missions and people are inspired to give and serve.

Our Mission

To increase the effectiveness and impact of the nonprofit sector by providing education and nurturing leadership among professionals and those who support the work of nonprofit organizations.

Strategic Visioning Task Force Members

The Center formed a Strategic Visioning Task Force, in August 2010, to contemplate how the Center can best advance philanthropy and serve the nonprofit sector. The Task Force members consisted of local philanthropists and nonprofit practitioners, Rice faculty, and expert practitioners from around the country. This outstanding group of individuals convened for two days to consider the future of this Center, and we are grateful for their service.

  • Salvatore Alaimo Assistant Professor, School of Public and Nonprofit Administration, Grand Valley State University 
  • Anna M. Babin President and CEO, United Way of Greater Houston 
  • William F. Bartolini, ACFRE Bartolini Philanthropic Services 
  • Larry R. Faulkner President, Houston Endowment Inc. 
  • Nancy Frees Fountain Managing Director, The Frees Foundation 
  • Maureen Hackett Community Volunteer; Chair, Greater Houston Community Foundation 
  • Lynne LaMarca Heinrich Senior Consultant and Co-Leader, Arts and Culture Practice, Marts & Lundy 
  • Neal Lane Malcolm Gillis University Professor and Senior Fellow of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University 
  • Mary McIntire Dean, Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University 
  • Colette M. Murray, CFRE CEO, Paschal Murray Executive Search 
  • David Renz Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, University of Missouri – Kansas City 
  • Marc Shapiro Chairman, Chase Bank of Texas 
  • Kimberly Sterling President, Sterling Associates 
  • Y. Ping Sun Rice University Representative; Of Counsel, Yetter Coleman LLP