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Nonprofit Management Alum Dr. Jiahuan Lu Receives Prestigious Editors’ Prize from Nonprofit Management & Leadership

Former Ph.D. student honored for his groundbreaking research paper “The Philanthropic Consequence of Government Grants to Nonprofit Organizations”

University of Maryland School of Public Policy alumni Jiahuan Lu, Ph.D. ’14, was awarded the Editors’ Prize for best scholarly paper from Nonprofit Management & Leadership. His paper, “The Philanthropic Consequence of Government Grants to Nonprofit Organizations” explores the relationship between nonprofits who receive government grants and their ability to continue to attract private donors.

The Editors’ Prize is awarded annually for the best paper published in Nonprofit Management & Leadership during the preceding subscription year. Members of the editorial and advisory boards of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, comprised of professors and leading experts across 30 Universities, review articles on their contribution to knowledge in the field of nonprofit management, the quality of writing and analysis, and the usefulness of the information for the practice of nonprofit management and leadership.

Dr. Mark Hager, editor-in-chief of Nonprofit Management and Leadership and Associate Professor at the School of Community Resources & Development at Arizona State University, said “I particularly like Jiahuan’s article because of its great potential to make a mark on the field. As a meta-analysis with sweeping conclusions about the relationship between receipt of government grants and the ability to attract private donations, future scholarship on this topic is likely to point to Jiahuan’s article. For a scholar there’s no higher goal, and this article is set to be a centerpiece for years to come.”

In his article, Dr. Lu explores concerns over revenue streams in the nonprofit community, specifically the association between government grants and private donations, and the effect of government grants on private donations. Dr. Lu’s award-winning article was published in issue 4, volume 26 of the Journal, which can be read in full, here.

Don Kettl, professor in the School of Public Policy, and chair of Jiahuan Lu's dissertation committee, said "We are all very proud of Jiahuan and this wonderful recognition of his work. In just a few short years, he’s established himself as a scholar of national standing—and it’s a sign of even more greet work to come."  

The editorial board of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Jossey-Bass, and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences sponsor the annual prize, which includes a $1,000 cash prize from the Mandel School and $1,000 in books from Jossey-Bass.

Dr. Lu graduated from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy with a doctorate in Policy Studies, with a focus on nonprofit management and leadership in 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark, where his research interests focus on public and nonprofit management, with an emphasis on government contracting and nonprofit-government relationships.