Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research

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The Institute for Nonprofit Administration & Research (INAR) was founded in 2001 to conduct research and disseminate knowledge about nonprofit organizations. INAR strives to elevate the future of the nonprofit sector through transformative education, impactful research, and professional development.

For more information or to receive a quote for services, email Stacey Hargis or Heather Carpenter.

State of the Nonprofit Sector Economic Report download.

State of the Nonprofit Sector in Louisiana Survey download.

Whether you’re new to the nonprofit sector or have been in the field for many years, there is a degree or certificate program to fit your needs. Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Administration, a Certificate in Nonprofit Admin add on a Minor in Nonprofit Admin. You can also opt for a General Studies degree with a social sciences concentration and take nonprofit courses. If you've already secured an undergraduate degree, we offer a 100% online Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration program for graduate students with 3 track options. 

Students can also start with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration with 12 credit hours and transfer those credits toward the Masters degree if they want to complete the whole 33 credit hour program.

INAR conducts research to support nonprofits in the region and specializes in customer and employee satisfaction surveys, including CAHPS patient satisfaction surveys. INAR also offers customized promotional exams, focus groups, program evaluations, community impact studies, and more. Many of our projects utilize our telephone call center and web-based survey software.

Professional development is important in maintaining effective skills in the nonprofit workforce. INAR aims to enhance professional capacity by offering an array of noncredit courses, workshops, seminars, and conferences. Through our partnership with LSUS Continuing Education, we can customize certificates based on individual needs and provide focused workshops for nonprofit employee cohorts.

INAR Faculty/Staff

Heather Carpenter, PhD

Associate Professor
Office: BH 121
Phone: (318) 795-2391
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Helen Wise, PhD

Assistant Academic Provost
Office: Bronson Hall, Room 453
Phone: 318-797-5333
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Stacey Hargis

Manager of Operations
Office: BH 119B
Phone: (318) 795-4245
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Rachel Taylor

Research Manager
Office: BH 107
Phone: 318-798-5558
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    To financially support the institute, the Norman A. Dolch scholarship or the Masters in Nonprofit Administration scholarship, visit the LSUS Foundation website.

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