Nonprofit Knight Network


Developing and growing a nonprofit organization can be overwhelming at times. But you don’t have to go through it alone. The UCF School of Public Administration can provide you with the resources you need to further your cause — and your career. By joining our network, whether as a student or as a community partner, you gain access to our expert faculty and our experienced students, many of whom run their own nonprofits or work for one. The school also offers a student organization dedicated to nonprofit management, and many other opportunities for networking.

Ask an Expert – Question and Answers

Board Governance

As the executive director of a growing nonprofit, I am frustrated that members of our board of directors often don’t show up for meetings and are not connected to the organization. How can I get them be more engaged in their role and to the important work of our organization?

Volunteer Recruitment

Can you share best practices for volunteer recruitment? My agency uses at least 5 - 10 volunteers on a daily basis and some additional during events.


Where can I find helpful information and professional assistance regarding ethics and philanthropy?

        • Practice their profession with integrity, honesty, truthfulness and adherence to the absolute obligation to safeguard the public trust
        • Act according to the highest goals and visions of their organizations, professions, clients and consciences
        • Put philanthropic mission above personal gain;
        • Inspire others through their own sense of dedication and high purpose
        • Improve their professional knowledge and skills, so that their performance will better serve others
        • Demonstrate concern for the interests and well-being of individuals affected by their actions
        • Value the privacy, freedom of choice and interests of all those affected by their actions
        • Foster cultural diversity and pluralistic values and treat all people with dignity and respect
        • Affirm, through personal giving, a commitment to philanthropy and its role in society
        • Adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations
        • Advocate within their organizations adherence to all applicable laws and regulations
        • Avoid even the appearance of any criminal offense or professional misconduct
        • Bring credit to the fundraising profession by their public demeanor
        • Encourage colleagues to embrace and practice these ethical principles and standards
        • Be aware of the codes of ethics promulgated by other professional organizations that serve philanthropy


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    This is the third in a series of four articles on how to build organizations nimble enough to know, respond to, and remake their landscapes. This article considers what kinds of employees work best in these organizations and what organizations must do to attract these workers.