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Rich ClerkinDear Philanthropy Journal Readers,

We are excited to resume publishing the Philanthropy Journal! In addition to developing a new website, our hiatus has allowed us to reconsider our purpose and our business model. Central to our reflection has been considering the value-added of the Philanthropy Journal being housed at NC State’s Institute for Nonprofits.  Providing evidence based resources to nonprofits both in North Carolina and across the country and helping to facilitate a dialog between research and practice will be central to our voice going forward. However, we will not forget our roots and continue to share news about the happenings within the North Carolina nonprofit sector.

This reflection on the value-added of the Philanthropy Journal being at NC State impacted our thoughts on our business model as well. Going forward, the Philanthropy Journal will be one of the Institute for Nonprofit’s learning labs, providing students with high-impact learning experiences related to both journalism and the nonprofit sector. I am pleased to announce Jordan Smith as our first graduate student Editor and Charlena Wynn as our first graduate student Assistant Editor. Ms. Smith is a second year student in the English department, concentration in Rhetoric and Composition. She is in charge of planning and developing content for PJ. Ms. Wynn is a first year student in the Liberal Studies program at NC State. She is working to develop a comprehensive social media strategy for PJ, identifying content, and supporting Jordan in her role as Editor. We are incredibly lucky to have these women on our team.

One of the fun things about teaching students (both graduate and undergraduate) about the nonprofit sector is exposing them to its depth and breadth. With almost 1.5 million nonprofits¹ whose missions range from the arts to zoology, it is sometimes difficult to get our minds around what we mean by the nonprofit sector. We who study and work in the sector sometimes get blinders and confine our understanding of the sector to that narrow mission area where we focus our work.

In thinking about how to set up our new editorial calendar, we have decided to showcase the sector’s depth and breadth. Following the National Taxonomy for Exempt Entities (NTEE) categorization of nonprofit organizations by their primary mission, we will spend each of the next 26 months exploring a major mission group of the NTEE to see all the different ways these collections of organizations contribute to our society. The NTEE “A” group, Arts, Culture and Humanities, will be first up.

We look forward to reconnecting with our community of Philanthropy Journal readers and to once again bring you the resources and news to enhance capacity and leadership in your nonprofits. Please do not hesitate to contact us at customerservice@philanthropyjournal.org. Thank you for your continued support!

Warmest Regards,
Rich


¹Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Business Master File (BMF), November 2014.

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