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
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:
- "Putting the NP in PPPs." Public Performance & Management Review, with Jeff Brudney in Public Performance and Management Review, June 2012, Vol 35, no.4 pp. 617-642.
- "Roles of Government, Nonprofit Sector, Business and Family and Their Interaction in Democracy" Invited chapter in Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations, Kathryn R. Agard, editor. SAGE Reference Series on Leadership: Sage Publishers, 2011.
- "Are Private Government, Civil Society and Nonprofit Organizations the Same Thing?" Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, on line June 2009. See (http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764009337897v1) and Vol 39, No, 4 August 2010 pp. 717-739.
- The Essential Fund-Raising Guide for Deans and Directors in Higher Education. LRP Publications, 2007.
- Mediating Organizations, Private Government, and Civil Society: Disinvestment through the Preservation of Wealth in Cleveland, Ohio (1950-1990) 2005, Mellen Press.
- The Ecology of Games between Public Policy and Private Action: Nonprofit Community Organizations as Bridging and Mediating Institutions. Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Vol 13, Issue 3, 229-236.
|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|