Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research Provides Show and Tell for Area Nonprofits

The recent economic downtown has forced many nonprofit organizations to rethink how they can complete their missions. Some have been forced to make layoffs, while others have made reductions in services. Despite the gloom, some nonprofits have adopted new ways to survive.

The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research at the University of San Diego in conjunction with U.S. Bank, will present “Looking for the Upside in the Downturn: Time-Tested Models of Nonprofit Innovation,” on Friday, June 5, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall on the USD campus. The seminar will feature four organizations from around the country that are functioning more effectively through collaborative inter-organizational relationships or with the use of technology.

The seminar will feature:

• The Children’s Support Foundation of New York: three nonprofits that all serve children joined to form one foundation to focus on each of their needs

• Pittsburgh Human Resources Collaborative: three nonprofits that operate with one human resources system

• Shakespeare Santa Cruz: a nonprofit that raised $300,000 in 10 days using social networking

• Council of Community Clinics: A San Diego nonprofit that has operated using a joint purchasing program for 30 years

The idea is for participants to leave with something to build on so they can reinvent the will in their own organizations.

“Nonprofits across the country are wracking their brains for new ways to both raise and save money without sacrificing the quality of work they do,” said Pat Libby, director of USD’s Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research, which houses the Caster Family Center at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. “The resource problem is particularly acute in California because state budget cuts mean fewer dollars for San Diego nonprofits. As much as we’d all like to see a stronger local and national economy, change isn’t likely to come any time soon.”

For more information on the seminar, go to, or call 619- 260-8839.

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The University of San Diego, a Catholic Institution of higher learning chartered in 1949. The university enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration this fall of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.