Testimonials

"The Caster Center at the University of San Diego’s genuine relationship-based approach coupled with their technical expertise has been instrumental in advancing program capacity, sustainability, and impact."
Joe Buehrle, VP of Organizational Planning, SAY San Diego


“The USD Caster Center has been an asset and longstanding collaborative partner in our region – their ability to bridge academia with real world practices improves our ability to tackle the most important social issues we face together as a community. As a nonprofit with a deep investment in improving the lives of our clients and whole community, we work with USD to add value to our mission and to broaden and enhance our social service ecosystem.”
Meg Storer / Vice President of Community and Government Affairs, 2-1-1 San Diego


"What would we do without you? Your expertise in data has given us new tools and skill sets to tell our story – and we are indebted. Thank you for all you do to support the development and impact of our programs!"
Amanda Birmingham Bonds, Program Director, Words Alive


“Zero8hundred works directly with military members and their families as they transition into our community.  I’m so pleased we selected the Caster Center at the University of San Diego as our third party evaluator as we launched this initiative.  Their insights, data, and analysis have been invaluable for shaping our program and measuring the positive outcomes for our clients.  Their comprehensive independent reports also helped us obtain key regional and national partnerships and funding.”
Sean Mahoney, CAPT USCG (Ret.), Executive Director, zero8hundred


“The team at USD’s Caster Center delivers exceptional value and I highly recommend them.  Their high-quality research, thorough evaluations, comprehensive assessments, and outstanding client service make my job easier because I have accurate and meaningful data at my fingertips to share with our funders.  Additionally, their recommendations help enhance our internal operations and program …and ultimately our mission.”   
Melinda Balkom, Director of Grant Writing, The Salvation Army - Sierra Del Mar Division 


“The Caster Center has had such a profound effect on our community, and has been a stellar example for other communities.”  
Carmen Chavez, Esq., Executive Director, Casa Cornelia Law Center


“Rancho Santa Fe Foundation has been a supporter of the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research for more than 11 years. From providing funding for doctoral research associates, to the Annual Governance Symposium and Nonprofit Summit, we have also contracted with the Caster Center to conduct valuable research for our own initiatives. The Foundation remains committed to shining a light on the critical work of the Caster Center.”
Christy Wilson, Executive Director, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation


“My time as Research Associate and previously as Research Assistant in the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research was very rewarding. I was involved in both qualitative and quantitative research studies. The studies that I conducted all related to my research interests in nonprofit education, experiential education, and the nonprofit workforce. I highly recommend the PhD specialization in Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership and all the programs in the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research.”
Heather L. Carpenter, Nonprofit and Business Professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University


"We continue to enjoy a terrific partnership with the Caster Center and appreciate past and current efforts."
Kathy Patoff, Chief Operating Officer, MUFG Union Bank Foundation


"The work that San Diego Grantmakers commissioned from the Caster Center has been extremely helpful in our goal to benchmark, grow and strengthen organized philanthropy in the region. We are fortunate to have the Caster Center as a resource for relevant applied research that supports the development of an informed and innovative San Diego nonprofit sector."
Nancy Jamison, Executive Director, San Diego Grantmakers