12th Annual West Coast Data Conference

Event Attendees

April 24 - 25, 2015

University of San Diego Campus, hosted by the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research, Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research

This annual conference gathers faculty members, graduate students, and researchers who study all aspects of the nonprofit sector.  It is an opportunity to share-and receive constructive feedback on-both completed research and works in progress. The conference includes research presentations by professors and graduate students on a variety topics.  Perhaps most importantly, the event provides a supportive and collegial venue for doctoral students to present their work and ideas, regardless of the stage of their career, and receive critical analyses of their research.


Conference Schedule

The conference program will be crafted around the types of submissions we receive, but similar to previous years, we anticipate featuring three types of sessions: (a) sessions related to data and methodology; (b) sessions for the presentation of research findings; and (c) research conceptualization sessions in which researchers who are in the process of formulating projects will have an opportunity to receive feedback on their project.

Friday, April 24, 2015

2:00 p.m.


2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Opening Panel
Data and Design

Robert Donmoyer
University of San Diego

MRH 102

Laurie Paarlberg, Texas A&M University
Joe Galaskiewicz, University of Arizona

3:30 p.m.


3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session 1: 
The Impact of Political, Institutional Factors on NGO Advocacy
Moderator: Hans Schmitz, University of San Diego

MRH 145

Sara Pilgreen, University of California, Los Angeles, Nonprofit Human Service Organizations in Neighborhoods of Concentrated Poverty: Perspectives from the Founders
Theresa Anasti, University of Chicago, Qualitative Methodologies in the Study of Nonprofit Advocacy Collaboration
Hui Li, University of Southern California, Examining Policy Advocacy of Chinese Environmental NGOs: The Effects of Institutional Factors
Elizabeth Castillo, University San Diego, Beyond the Balance Sheet: A Proposed Study of Capitalization in Nonprofit Organizations

3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session 2: 
Changing Philanthropic Landscapes
Moderator: Laura Deitrick, University of San Diego

MRH 135

Nicole Esparza & Yusun Cho, University of Southern California, Network Effect on Funding Behavior of Grant-making Foundations
Laurie Paarlberg & Hyunseok Hwang, Texas A&M University, The Energy Boom: Boon or Bane for the Nonprofit Sector?
Lindsey McDougle, Rutgers University, The College Classroom as a Philanthropic Learning Laboratory: Exploring Academic and Community Outcomes
Seth Meyer, Rutgers University, Managing Stakeholder Conflicts: Stakeholder Hierarchies

5:10 p.m. 

Welcome and Invitation to Dinner

MRH 102

Dean Paula Cordeiro, University of San Diego
5:30 p.m.

No Host Dinner:
La Gran Terraza

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 849-8205

Pay for Dinner

Saturday, April 25, 2015

7:30 a.m.


8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. 

Opening Panel:
From the Field: Challenges and Opportunities of U.S.-Mexico Border Research

Moderator: Robert Ashcraft,
Arizona State University

MRH 102

Andy Carey, U.S. Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership
Paul Ganster, San Diego State University
Hans Schmitz, University of San Diego

9:15 a.m.


9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Session 3:
Mission Boards and Public-Private Partnerships
Moderator: Mark Hager, Arizona State University

MRH 145

Rachel Fyall & Kathleen Moore, University of Washington, Using Automatic Content Analysis to Analyze Mission Statements
Laurie Mook, Arizona State University, 'Feeding the Line' to 'Shortening the Line': Food Banks and Food Security
Julia Smith, University of Arizona, Social Impact Bonds: Private Finance for Public Good?
Kevin Ward, Seattle University, Toward Better Boards: Prevalence of Public Service Motivation among Board Members

9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Session 4: Environmental Influences & Evolving Systems
Moderator: Laurie Paarlberg, Texas A&M University

MRH 135

Angela Addae, University of Arizona, Reclaiming the Centrality of Civil Society for Nation-Building in Africa
Marla Stuart, University of California Berkeley, Revisiting public-nonprofit contractual relations using complexity theory: A cross-case analysis
Rachel Wells, University of California Los Angeles, Nonprofits in Changing Neighborhoods: The Responses of Nonprofits to Gentrification

10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Panel: Social Enterprise
Moderator: Joe Galaskiewicz, University of Arizona

MRH 102

Jennifer Jones, University of Florida & Kim Hunt, University of San Diego, Nonprofit Social Enterprise: Perceptions and Behaviors of Individuals and of Nonprofit Leaders
John Ronquillo, University of Colorado, Denver, Repurposing Profit: Understanding and Assessing the Social Enterprise of L3Cs
Svitlana Krasynska, University of San Diego, Dreams for Change Case Study

12:00 p.m.

Hosted Lunch
West Plaza

Mary Jo Schumann, University of San Diego, Building a Social Enterprise Case for Support
Teresa Smith, Dreams for Change

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Session 5:
Data, Dilemmas, and Deliverables
Moderator: Pat Libby, University of San Diego

MRH 102

John Wagner, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Big Data for "Big Problems"
Mark Hager, Arizona State University, Measurement in Volunteer Administration: Seven Arenas
Laura Deitrick, University of San Diego
Jon Durnford, Datalake, LLC; National Center for Charitable Statistics

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

MRH 102

Conference Location

The 12th Annual West Coast Data Conference will be held on the University of San Diego campus, in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences building (Mother Rosalie Hill Hall)