Faculty and Staff

Levin College Staff

Stuart MendelStuart Mendel
Assistant Dean for Administration
Director, Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice
Director, The Urban Center
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University

Office Location: UR 330A
Phone: 216.687.6908
Email: s.mendel@csuohio.edu


Dr. Mendel currently serves as the President of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC), the national association for nonprofit academic based research centers. His permanent position is as the Assistant Dean, Director of The Urban Center, and Director of the Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice (CNP&P), Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. Since 1996, his duties have included work as chief of operations for the Levin College and for a time, work as a special assistant to the President of the University. He is founder of the CNP&P, an applied research, community service and academic education center. He also serves on the graduate faculty of the University and has been the academic Director of the Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership degree program. Dr. Mendel has raised over $1.5 million in project funding and provided technical assistance with over 200 nonprofit organizations. He is currently writing a book as lead author for Indiana University Press with Jeffrey L. Brudney entitled "Partnerships the Nonprofit Way: What Matters, What Doesn't."

From 1992 through 1996, Dr. Mendel served as the Director of Graduate Programs, Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Case Western Reserve University. From 1989 to 1992, he served as Director of Development for the Beck Center for the Cultural Arts, a comprehensive community based arts organization, were he raised approximately $1 million over 27 months.

Dr. Mendel received his Master of Nonprofit Organizations and Doctorate in Social Policy History from Case Western Reserve University in 1991 and 2000 respectively. His research interests include the nature and importance of civil society in America; philanthropy; fundraising and leadership; management of nonprofit organizations; public/private partnerships; the role of nonprofit organizations in public sector decision-making and social policy history. He has also taught graduate level courses and advised many nonprofit boards and executives in these topical areas.

Dr. Mendel has served as primary investigator or consultant in numerous grant and contracts underwritten by among others, the Cleveland Foundation, St, Luke's Foundation of Cleveland, Nord Family Foundation, William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation, Billie Howland Steffee Fund, Cuyahoga County department of Justice Affairs, Urban League of Greater Cleveland, Resident Empowerment Organization, Empowerment Center (formerly Welfare Rights) of Greater Cleveland, and numerous faith and community based organizations. The total of these grant funded projects exceeds $1,500,000.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Mendel has established an expertise in working with nonprofit organizations in the areas of organizing, planning and implementation. He also performs project, program and organizational assessments with numerous funded projects to his credit.

His scholarly publishing credits include:

Funded Projects 2001-2016 and Research Reports:
Dunham Tavern Board Development $10,000
Society for Photographic Education Interim Executive Director Project $20,000
Assessment of "Safe Haven" $ 5,000
Youth Opportunities Unlimited Impact Study $ 25,000
Office of the President - Chief of Staff/Special Assistant $ 69,000
Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland $ 35,000
ARNOVA Annual Conference $ 12,500
Center for Community Solutions Development Planning $ 8,500
Succession Planning Development Program $ 175,000
Urban League Youthbuild project $ 10,000
Billie Howland Steffee Fund Community Reentry Project $ 20,000
Fred G. Lennon Charitable Trust $ 10,000
Urban League of Greater Cleveland 2 projects totaling $ 35,000
O'Neill Foundation $ 10,000
Sisters of Charity Foundation $ 15,000
Cleveland Foundation 4 projects totaling $ 500,000
St. Lukes Foundation of Cleveland 4 projects $ 300,000
Nord Family Foundation $ 10,000
Saint Paul's Community Outreach $ 5,000
Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland $ 12,000
Resident Empowerment Organization $ 90,000
West Side Ecumenical Ministry $ 5,000
Cuyahoga County Youth Development Center $ 12,500
Cuyahoga County Department of Justice Affairs $ 6,500
Cleveland Housing Network $ 55,000