The Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education and Engagement (INPREE)

Our mission is to enhance the capacity and leadership of nonprofit organizations through research, education and engagement.

We connect NC State University with the nonprofit community, leveraging the expertise and dedication of faculty, students, staff and community partners to build nonprofit capacity and develop nonprofit leaders.

Institutions of higher learning have always played a critical role in developing future leaders for global citizenry. As our world changes more rapidly than ever, we witness the blurring of sector lines in addressing society’s major challenges. We serve as a center of expertise, generator of knowledge, and host of a collaborative and diverse community of scholars, social innovators and entrepreneurs.

To achieve its mission, The Institute for Nonprofits promotes engaged citizenship and exceptional leadership by enabling nonprofit and social sector leaders to:

  • Align mission, methods, and resources
  • Earn the public trust
  • Balance individual interest and the common good
  • Capitalize on opportunities associated with diversity
  • Move beyond charity to systemic change


Institute News

How unintended effects of tax-code changes will hurt NC nonprofits

Institute Executive Director Richard M. Clerkin, Ph.D., discusses how the proposed changes to the North Carolina tax code targeted at specific types of nonprofit organizations would have unintended consequences not only on the target organizations but also on the ability of other nonprofits to impact the economic and social fabrics of our communities in his recent Op-Ed published in the News and Observer.

To view the full piece, click here.


Student News

NPS Minor Grad Gives Student Commencement Address

Lela Johnston, a Political Science major with a minor in Nonprofit Studies, gave the student address atNC State University‘s commencement exercises on May 9, 2015 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Standing before more than 5,400 graduates, Lela asked, “What are your plans for after graduation?” (Read more)

NPS Minor Student Takes 1st Place at the 2015 Lulu eGames

Senior Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, founder of Bee Downtown, won First Place in the 2015 Lulu eGames Design and Prototype category. Bee Downtown is a Durham based nonprofit that provides educational and sustainability programing to promote urban beekeeping and community involvement within metropolitan areas. To view the Bee Downtown video pitch, click here.

Doing Good and Doing Well

Student teams from across the UNC system gathered at NCA&T in Greensboro on February 11th for the 3rd Annual UNC Social Entrepreneurship Conference. These teams pitch their ideas in front of panels of judges comprised of leaders from the corporate, government, university and nonprofit sectors. Out of the 44 teams, the top 6 undergraduate and top 5 graduate teams were then given the chance to pitch their ideas before the entire conference of over 400 people. (Read More)

NC State Fosters Entrepreneurial Minds in the ThinkHouse

The entrepreneurial path carries with it all types of risk, and for recent graduates, the financial uncertainty is not always a risk worth taking. However, young entrepreneurs in Raleigh now have a new opportunity to follow their startup ambitions, thanks to a scholarship developed in partnership with the ThinkHouse and North Carolina State University’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. The Social Entrepreneurship Initiative recently announced that will sponsor two recent NC State alumni, Owen Jordan and Tia Simpson, to participate in the ThinkHouse, a living and learning accelerator program for young, aspiring entrepreneurs. (Read More)