The RGK Center has released its 2020 Annual Report. Read the director's note below and click here to download the full report.
As we celebrate the RGK Center’s 20th anniversary in the midst of a global pandemic and a national civil rights movement, we renew our commitment to preparing the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders through education and research. The work of our students and alumni amplifies my hope for a brighter future.
I am delighted to share that Dr. Patrick Bixler and Sydney Wilburn have joined the RGK Center team in new roles and will be critical in shaping that future for years to come. While they may be familiar faces, I invite you to join me in extending a warm welcome to Patrick and Sydney.
This spring, a new cohort of students graduated with their certificate in Nonprofit Studies through the RGK Center, representing seven colleges on campus. We launched a new international course, Civil Society in Israel, and our CONNECT program completed its successful first year, matching graduate students with organizations (from the 40 Acres to Guatemala) in need of data or evaluation support to broaden the impact of their work. Indeed, we continue to foster a culture of community-university collaboration through our programs and research.
As we reflect upon these accomplishments, we acknowledge the responsibility the nonprofit community has to contributing solutions to our country’s most pressing issues surrounding equity and race. We challenge ourselves to consider ways the RGK Center can listen to and engage with communities to promote social justice, and this work is underway. We are proud of the leadership of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners and believe their contributions will continue to make a significant and sustainable impact on the world.
This report outlines some of the Center’s most notable highlights and achievements in the past year, but by no means reflects all of what makes the RGK Center shine. I look to the future with optimism, pride, and gratitude to be with you - deep in the heart and science of philanthropy.