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Mary Beth  Collins

Mary Beth Collins

Executive Director of the UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies. Experience as an Attorney, Nonprofit Professional, and Instructor.

Executive Director, UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies School of Human Ecology Work: 608-890-0472 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @mbcwiscomiss36


  • Nonprofit Organizations, Governance, and Operations; Philanthropy; Critical Theory on the Nonprofit or "Third" Sector, Trends in and Legal Aspects of the Sector; Public-Private Partnerships.
  • University-Community Engagement and Collaboration with Local and Global Partners, Civic Engagement
  • Preparing Future Change Agents for Roles and Careers in the Community, Nonprofit, and Civil Society Sectors
  • The nonprofit, community, and civil society sectors, organizations, activities, and impacts in the COVID-19 Era
  • "Civic Health of Wisconsin "-- the way that Wisconsin communities define and address public problems and opportunities, through various forms of civic participation and engagement.


  • Leadership of the UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies
  • Design and Delivery of a Series of Professional Skills Courses which prepare graduate students for work in the field
  • Development and Leadership of local, Wisconsin-wide, and global partnerships and collaboration, leveraging University assets; the Wisconsin Idea.
  • Presentation on a variety of "Third Sector" topics including social entrepreneurship, advocacy in the sector, top trends in the sector, legal foundations in the sector.