Date of Graduation

Spring 2023

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA)


School of Management

First Advisor

Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III


Over the past two years, the pandemic has drastically changed how children interact with media and real people. With many children spending more time at home, their media use has increased, and this has had a significant impact on their mental, physical, and emotional development. However, amidst this challenging time, character education can play a vital role in supporting children’s growth and development. Character education can help children navigate the complexities of our changing world and become more resilient in the face of adversity by providing the tools they need to make sound decisions and behave well. Through their mission and capacity, nonprofit organizations can invest in and design high-quality character education and programs. We can ensure our children are better equipped to face real-life challenges and the virtual world confidently. This study examines how a nonprofit organization cultivates K-12 students’ volunteering involvement and connects character education with community services and philanthropy. An extensive literature review and expert interviews discuss key findings around the existing practices. This capstone is intended to present a successful model for any nonprofit organization or education system either looking to engage students in volunteer service or improve their current practices by offering practical insights and recommendations.