The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS) is a hub for collaboration and exchange among faculty, students, and community partners. The CommNS fosters work and learning partnerships that advance the well-being of communities, as well as the civic and nonprofit sectors.
The CommNS aims to be a globally recognized university center which helps to realize a world where the nonprofit sector, community efforts, and civil society are healthier, more effective and more just, building better systems and stronger communities that support well-being for all.
The CommNS team is engaged in an IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) learning, assessment, and action process, on an ongoing basis. This effort has been facilitated by Kelvin Alfaro of the UW-Madison Office of Strategic Consulting, and is maintained by all CommNS teams with special leadership from our CommNS IDEA Committee. For more information about our IDEA process, please contact Sandie Thao at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CommNS creates opportunities for community building, learning and exchange in the nonprofit and civic sectors.
Community is a foundational pillar that informs both what we do and how we do it. Throughout the year, the CommNS brings together diverse stakeholders from the civil and nonprofit sectors to think and learn together about community well-being. These events also connect community partners with campus faculty and staff, sharing knowledge across research and practice to advance the field.
Visit our Calendar to find up-to-date information on CommNS convenings, presentations, and workshops. Past events will be updated to include video recordings, when available.
The CommNS collaborates with community partners to address community questions through action research and evaluation.
The work of the CommNS happens through collaboration among faculty and staff across the UW system, nonprofit practitioners, state and local leaders, and community members.
Co-Create is the engine for applied research and evaluation at the CommNS. Co-Create partners with community organizations to help answer community-identified questions. To learn more, visit the Co-Create page.
The CommNS is also a member of action coalitions in the nonprofit and civil sectors, including WisNRG and the Civic Health of Wisconsin initiative. These collaborative efforts bring together diverse stakeholders to catalyze systems and social change.