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David Campbell


CCPA Public Administration


David Campbell has devoted his career to research and practice in the nonprofit sector. His research addresses critical nonprofit management issues, including accountability and performance measurement; the role the Internet and social media, organizational emergence and adaptation (specifically in response to disaster); and mergers and other forms of restructuring. In addition, he has collaborated with scholars at Koç University in Turkey to study philanthropy and giving in that country. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Philanthropy in the Muslim World.  He regularly publishes articles about his research in The Conversation US. Campbell is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society. He has held senior management positions in major nonprofit organizations in New York City and Cleveland.

Campbell founded the Philanthropy Incubator, which uses an experiential teaching model to encourage students to incorporate giving as a regular part of their lives.  The project has received funding from the Learning by Giving FoundationCampus Compact, and the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation (where he also serves on the board). The program educates and encourages philanthropy among undergraduate and graduate students.  Since 2010, students in Philanthropy Incubator classes have distributed more than $200,000 to local organizations. In addition to the Klee Foundation, He serves on two other boards, ARNOVA, the professional association for scholars of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Risk Retention Group, which provides professional liability insurance to clinical social workers.


    • PhD, Case Western Reserve University
    • MAR, Yale University Divinity School
    • BA, Bates College

Research Interests

    • Accountability, performance assessment, and beneficiary engagement in nonprofit organizations
    • Issues related to philanthropy and giving.
    • Social media and nonprofit organizations.


  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Provost’s Award for Excellence in Community Engaged Teaching

Research Profile

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae