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William Cleveland, PhD wants to make sure MBA graduates have an appreciation of the full scope of the nonprofit sector and how business decisions often form the basis for success or failure of an organization. He focuses on improving student writing as a key skill.

William Cleveland has worked with many nonprofit organizations and his career also included working with several for-profit businesses. He is interested in all aspects of business decisions as they affect nonprofit organizations. His research involves examining long-term trends and historical events that have had lasting impacts on the nonprofit sector.

William Cleveland received his PhD in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN; his MBA from Duke University, Durham, NC; and his AB from Harvard College, Cambridge, MA.

Professional Interests

  • Financial Trends among nonprofit organizations
  • How organizations navigate significant changes

Professional Certifications and Memberships

  • ARNOVA member
  • Board member of Salvation Army of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Community Service and Volunteer Work

  • Volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence since 1994

My work inspiration...

William Cleveland loves to see progress in learning among his students and recognizes that students come from many different places into his classroom.

When I'm not at work I like to...

When I'm not at work, I like to train puppies to become service dogs. Taking them out into public is part of the experience and involves answering a lot of questions from the inquiring public.

You may not know that...

I have taught dozens of adults how to swim.