Colton Strawser

Colton Strawser
University of San Diego | USD

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Colton C. Strawser is an independent researcher and nonprofit consultant (Colton Strawser Consulting) as well as a Visiting Research Fellow with the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness, and Social Action at the University of San Diego.
Additional affiliations
December 2017 - May 2019
Arkansas Tech University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • I taught courses in nonprofit management, community development, and project design.
July 2017 - May 2020
University of San Diego
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
January 2018 - June 2019
Portland State University
Field of study
  • Service-Learning and Community-Based Learning in Postsecondary Education
September 2017 - May 2021
University of San Diego
Field of study
  • Leadership Studies (Nonprofit & Philanthropic Leadership)
June 2015 - February 2017
Bay Path University
Field of study
  • Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy

Publications

Publications (37)
Technical Report
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To date, very little research has been conducted on LGBTQ+ nonprofits (Meyer, Dale, & Willis, 2021; Surfus, 2013) and how they function. For example, in a recent study of academic literature, Meyer et al. (2021) discovered only 40 academic articles published within the last 46 years on various LGBTQ+ issues and how they intersect withnonprofits. Ju...
Article
Institutions of higher education have a longstanding history of giving back to communities, locally and globally. Various forms of community engagement (e.g., service-learning, experiential learning, community-engaged research) have positively impacted student learning and their connections to their institution. Launched in 2009, the Carnegie Found...
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Community foundations claim to play an integral role in fostering philanthropy at a local or regional level across the United States, seeking to improve the quality of life for community residents. Their business model has three main components: grantmaking, fundraising, and community leadership. As the newest addition to the community foundation...
Book
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Community foundations claim to play an integral role in fostering philanthropy at a community level all across the United States. Community foundations have three distinct operational roles, including asset building, grantmaking, and community leadership. While asset building and grantmaking have methods available to quantify and measure their impa...
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Institutions of higher education have a longstanding history of giving back to communities, both locally and globally. Various forms of community engagement (e.g., service-learning, experiential learning, community-engaged research) have positively impacted student learning and their connections to their institution. Launched in 2009, The Carnegie...
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The nonprofit sector is a strong actor in the fight to ensure access to housing and homelessness-related resources in local contexts. Board members who lead these organizations are expected to be committed to organizational missions and goals. However, as housing inequities continue to be tied to metropolitan development patterns, we delve into the...
Thesis
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Community foundations claim to play an integral role in fostering philanthropy at a community level all across the United States. Community foundations have three distinct operational roles, including asset building, grantmaking, and community leadership. While asset building and grantmaking have methods available to quantify and measure their impa...
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Universities seek tools that provide a clear vision and expectations for community engagement at the institutional level. This study focused on the development of the Community Engagement Institutional Assessment (CEIA) rubric to evaluate four key criteria and its application in a pilot study of course-based community engagement. The results reveal...
Presentation
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In an effort to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local nonprofits’ ability to meet their community’s needs, a set of surveys were issued to the local nonprofit sector in San Diego County, CA. The aim of the project was to provide real-time data to government officials, foundations, and other decision-makers about the current econom...
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Community foundations claim to play an integral role in fostering philanthropy at a community level all across the United States. Community foundations have three distinct operational roles, including asset building, grantmaking, and community leadership. While asset building and grantmaking have methods available to quantify and measure their impa...
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This study investigated the effects of utilizing critical pedagogy and perspectives in a course on nonprofit management. A description of the course and assessment approach is provided, followed by the results of a series of surveys and student reflections gathered from students electing to participate in this research project. Quantitative and qua...
Technical Report
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Nonprofit organizations are often on the frontlines of crisis, serving as a critical partner to government in sustaining our community safety net and quality of life. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many local nonprofits are experiencing increased demands for services, yet have been hindered or completely cut off from responding due to stay a...
Chapter
Nonprofit organizations that focus on implementing good governance practices are better prepared to lead their organizations through turbulent times and periods of organizational growth. Within nonprofit organizations, the age, size, and environment influence leadership in governance and impact the role of the board as a high functioning team. Ther...
Poster
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In her often-cited piece on Critical Service-Learning, Tania Mitchell (2008) provided a recount of where the field of service-learning was situated at the time – divided between traditional service-learning that focused on the service/project, and critical service-learning that focused on inequality and injustice. The field has made much progress s...
Technical Report
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In an initial effort to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local nonprofits’ ability to meet their community’s needs, The University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Institute issued a survey to nonprofit leaders on March 18, 2020. The aim of this report is to provide real-time data to government officials, foundations, and other decision-ma...
Preprint
Student voice and choice within the classroom has shown positive effects on student engagement, and increasingly more management programs are creating opportunities for students to develop and test ideas. This article shares how students within an Introduction to Nonprofit Management course were invited to research community needs and devise innova...
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Climate change has been a topic of discussion within California for many years, and its effects are often considered in the public and private sectors, as well as the academic literature. While many nonprofit organizations are leading efforts to reverse or mitigate the effects of climate change, there is not much known about how all types of nonpro...
Preprint
Universities seek tools that provide a clear vision and expectations for community engagement at the institutional level. This study focused on the development of a rubric to evaluate four key criteria and its application in a pilot study of course-based community engagement. The results revealed a significant divergence between faculty perceptions...
Presentation
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The purpose of this study was to examine how a sample of community foundations in California was distributing their grants and sought to understand the extent to which funding was contributing to the region's quality of life.
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of utilizing critical pedagogy and perspectives to teach a course on nonprofit management. A description of the course and assessment approach is provided, followed by the results of a series of surveys and student reflections gathered from students electing to participate in this research pr...
Technical Report
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New research for this report includes a deep-dive into the relationship between government and nonprofits — the first time an analysis like this has ever been done in California. We also used the baseline data from the first-ever economic impact report, called Causes Count, released in 2014 to find new insights into California's nonprofit sector, i...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the expectations of both faculty members and community-based agencies engaging in service-learning projects. Service-learning, a form of experiential education, allows students to use knowledge gained in the classroom within a practical setting while addressing human and community needs. While students are a...
Presentation
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This presentation describes the creation of a rubric designed to assess community engagement at the institutional level and shares the results from a pilot study in which the rubric was implemented with a sample of course-based community engagement activities from multiple academic units.
Technical Report
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This report features our latest findings on the state of San Diego’s nonprofit sector, as well as key trends and perspectives from leaders in nonprofits and philanthropy. The nonprofit sector is caught in the cross winds of major shifts in the ways that people engage in their communities and how they give. Our research shows that as public trust in...
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In her often-cited piece on Critical Service-Learning, Tania Mitchell (2008) provided a recount of where the field of service-learning was situated at the time-divided between traditional service-learning that focused on the service/project, and critical service-learning that focused on inequality and injustice. The field has made much progress sin...
Preprint
In the United States, community foundations are nonprofit organizations with the goal of permanently endowing assets to serve a specific geographic region. While the business models of community foundations are very similar, the term community varies widely—some foundations define it as county-wide, regionally, or statewide. Community foundations a...
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Data on remapping US community foundations with specific findings from California.
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Mission Statement Analysis of US Community Foundations (Preliminary)
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An Analysis of US Community Foundation Mission Statements
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Nonprofit organizations and the field of philanthropy are constantly changing. For over a decade The Nonprofit Institute (NPI) at the University of San Diego has gathered and analyzed data to tell the story of San Diego’s diverse, growing, and influential nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Furthermore, NPI’s State of Nonprofit Quarterly Index is p...
Poster
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The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of student service-learning, via applied projects, on community-based agencies within San Diego County, California. Service-learning, a form of experiential education, allows students to use knowledge gained in the classroom within a practical setting while addressing human and community needs. Wh...
Technical Report
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The 2018 State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Report highlights the pivotal role nonprofits play in protecting and enhancing the well-being and prosperity of our region. The sector continues to grow in number of total organizations, size of the workforce, and total revenues and assets. Despite continued growth, demand for nonprofit services continu...
Technical Report
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The 2017 State of Nonprofits in San Diego report showcases current statistics on what nonprofits and philanthropy look like in the San Diego region, as well as the critical trends in organizational readiness, workforce development, fundraising, and public policy directly related to the sector’s ability to fulfill their social purpose mission.
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The purpose of this study is to examine current practices and initiatives put in place by community foundations to assist in building organizational capacity within the nonprofit sector. In recent years, organizational capacity building has been a topic of interest within the Indiana community foundation field, however not a lot of training or rese...
Thesis
The purpose of this study was to examine the expectations of both faculty members and community based agencies engaging in service-learning projects. Service-learning, a form of experiential education, allows students to use knowledge gained in the classroom within a practical setting while addressing human and community needs. While students are a...

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Projects (5)
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Research examining the relationships between space (i.e., location, geography) and social services (e.g., affordable housing, homelessness)
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Research projects, presentations, and papers related to US Community Foundations