Last word: Why non-profit management education is not enough 

Eugene Tempel

The call for transparency and accountability in private efforts to carry out public good has focused most of the attention of formal education on non-profit management. Indeed, the dominant model for third sector education programmes today is non-profit management, not only in the US but increasingly around the world. These programmes have been important in helping make the organizations and structures of philanthropy more professional and they continue to be important. However, they are not enough. 

As the work of non-profit organizations becomes increasingly complex, and as philanthropy develops and the demands on it become greater, forms of research and education need to broaden accordingly to embrace the needs of both donors and recipients.

Growing wealth in many parts of the world has intensified the call for expanding philanthropy globally. As governments face social and human needs that they cannot meet alone, there are increasing demands for philanthropy to play a larger role. In fact, in 2016 the vice chair of China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee indicated that philanthropy would be a pivotal force in the country’s poverty alleviation. There are signs that philanthropy is rising to the challenge.

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