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Endowed Associate Professor of Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership; Senior Fellow, IPL

Angela Bies, Ph.D. is endowed associate professor of global philanthropy and nonprofit leadership at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and the PhD program director. Previously, she was chair of the faculty, associate professor and director of international programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Her research interests include comparative nonprofit and NGO regulation, accountability and governance; the emerging role of philanthropy in China; nonprofit capacity-building; and nonprofits and disasters. Prior to Indiana University, she was an associate professor of public administration at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, where she provided leadership on the creation of their nonprofit management program. She currently serves as a board member and annual conference chair for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and on the editorial board of Nonprofit Management & Leadership.

Prior to joining academia, Bies led the Charities Review Council of Minnesota and the Minnesota Women’s Center. Her international development work includes a position as a U.S. senior program officer for the American Field Service and field projects in Africa, Central Europe and Pakistan. Bies also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and a National Endowment for the Arts fellow.

Areas of Interest
  • Global philanthropy; nonprofit leadership
3 Credit(s)

Utilizes our unique location in the Washington, DC region to create a laboratory within which to analyze local, regional, national and international policy problems. Students will be put into teams and assigned to real and timely policy cases. The course will include meetings and field trips with local leaders in the field, ideally connected to the cases. Student will then expand and apply their use of policy analysis and evaluation skills to define those problems, analyze alternative responses, devise appropriate strategies for implementation, and evaluate the success of the proposed policy and implementation. The course will conclude with team presentations to local leaders and faculty. This distinctive course will serve to prepare students for their client- based senior capstone course. Restricted to students who have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and must be in a major in PLCY.
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3 Credit(s)

Today, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations play significant roles in shaping how public policy gets developed and implemented, as well as how change occurs in society. This course will define philanthropy as an exploration of how one develops a vision of the public good and then how a person or group can deploy resources to achieve a positive and lasting impact. During the semester, the class will go through the challenging and exciting process of ultimately granting approximately $7,500 to an organization that we believe can use these resources to achieve an impact on an issue of international significance. Our class grant deliberations and decisions will ultimately lead us to confront, question, and sharpen our philanthropic values, decisions and leadership skills.
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Faculty: Angela Bies

A unique feature of our work is a global philanthropy and NGO leadership effort. This growing area immerses and engages graduate and undergraduate students in major international philanthropic and NGO leadership issues throughout the world. Through a variety of learning and development experiences, students are equipped to make a significant difference around the globe. The program offers multiple compelling field-based abroad experiences offered through the School of Public Policy.

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