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.


Institute News

Rich Clerkin to Lead Institute for Nonprofits

Richard M. Clerkin, Ph.D., has been named executive director of the Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education and Engagement at NC State University. He will lead the institute’s research, teaching and engagement, and work with North Carolina nonprofit partners to extend NC State research to serve the state.

To view the full story, click here.

To read Dr. Clerkin’s interview with the Technician, click here.


Student News

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)

NPS Minor Creates Quite a Buzz!

Bee Downtown, founded by Senior Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, recently unveiled an observation bee hive at the Burt’s Bees headquarters on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.  Leigh-Kathryn is a CHASS major (Spanish Lit and International Studies) and a Nonprofit Studies minor. She has been working on this project throughout her coursework in the minor. Links to several articles covering the unveiling can be found here:


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