Dr. Roseanne Mirabella accepted the award for Conference Paper of the
Year at the 2013 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations
and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference in Hartford, Connecticut.
Mirabella's paper titled Toward a More Perfect Nonprofit: The
Performance Mindset and "the Gift," explores the growing expectations
for performance evaluation in decision making by government, foundation,
and individual donors to the nonprofit sector. Building on philosopher
Jacques Derrida's concept of "the Gift" and an empirical examination of
syllabi on program evaluation, assessment, and accountability courses
taught in a sample of nonprofit management programs in the United States
the paper argues that an excessive focus on quantitative
economic-centered performance measurements undermines the ethical and
moral values of nonprofits and philanthropy. In addition, the paper
broadly outlines strategies for re-configuring Nonprofit Management
education in an effort to ensure that future nonprofit leaders are
trained in consensus and community building as well as performance
measurement. The selection committee described Dr. Mirabella's paper as
"The strongest combination of analytic and empirical rigor and
contribution to theory and practice."
The paper appeared in the
prestigious journal Administrative Theory & Praxis in March of 2013.
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