Date of Graduation

Summer 8-10-2019

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA)


School of Management

First Advisor

Marco Tavanti


The purpose of this research is to explore the nonprofit sector’s role in social movements and systemic change, the benefits of operating in a coalition, and how nonprofits can leverage and effectively participate in coalitions for systemic social change. While the nonprofit sector has been set at a structural disadvantage in many ways for participating in social movements, it also boasts many unique characteristics and resources that can be leveraged for effective social change that goes beyond daily nonprofit services. Collaboration is a well-known best practice for organizational efficiency and can be enacted in the form of coalitions for nonprofits and other movement actors while engaging in social movements for more effective and unified change. Through an analysis of existing literature and conduction of interviews with coalition and movement experts in the nonprofit sector, this document concludes with recommendations for both individual nonprofits and coalitions as a whole to prepare for social movement work and intentional collaboration for social movement success.