Organizational Profile

Rice University Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership


Welcome to the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. We envision a vibrant philanthropic culture in Houston, where individuals of all ages and means are inspired to give and to serve, and where nonprofit leaders– both professional and volunteer — have access to the highest quality of educational resources to support their work.

Through the generosity of Rice alumni C.M. “Hank” and Demaris Hudspeth, we are able to expand upon the 20-year history of nonprofit and fundraising course offerings at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. We have surveyed over 2,700 local nonprofit employees, fundraisers and foundation staff members to determine how this Center can benefit Houston, and we are beginning to offer new courses based on this research.

We intend to unite theory and nonprofit sector experience in our courses, so students can learn from professors and seasoned practitioners. Our courses will prepare nonprofit professionals to lead their organizations and strengthen their communities. Fundraisers will acquire best practices to secure resources; board members and volunteers will learn to serve more effectively; and donors will learn to give wisely.

Contact Information:
  • 6100 Main | Houston, Texas 77005-1827
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