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Free Webinar Wednesday: Strengths and Challenges for the Rural Nonprofit
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Free Webinar Wednesday: Strengths and Challenges for the Rural Nonprofit

Join us for doctoral research from Jayme Walters, who studies rural nonprofits at the University of Tennessee, as she uncovers the strengths of rural nonprofits and the challenges they are likely to face.

When: Wednesday, April 15th
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom Webinar - Link via email
United States
Presenter: Jayme Walters, University of Tennessee
Contact: Samantha Amick

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Rural America is faced with pervasive social problems. Nonprofits play an important role in ensuring the needs of residents are met and improving quality of life. However, few empirical studies exist on nonprofits that serve rural communities. This webinar will present an overview of main results from the dissertation research of Jayme Walters who examined nonprofits in rural, persistently poor counties in the Southern region of the U.S. The first study defined the features of the nonprofits serving these counties, examined their organizational capacity, and analyzed measurement of organizational capacity. The second study employed a qualitative, multiple case study approach to explore the strengths and challenges related to organizational capacity of rural nonprofits and contemplate how being in a rural area impacts operations. The last 15 minutes of the webinar will be an open forum for the participants to discuss implications for practice, policy, and education with Walters. 



Jayme Walters is a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and will defend her dissertation in March 2020. She earned her MSW and a certificate in Non-profit Organization Development and Management from the University of Georgia in 2008 and BSW from Southern Illinois University in 2007. She also earned a certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2015. Walters' primary professional focus has been in macro practice including non-profit management, program development, fundraising, grant writing, and administration. She has served as the primary author for over 150 program grants, earning $4.7 million for various non-profits. As a scholar, Walters' research interests include rural communities; non-profit capacity building; social workers as leaders; macro practice education; and well-being of social workers. Her work has been published in journals such as Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance and Journal of Social Service Research.


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If you wish to cancel your registration, notification of your registration cancellation must be received by email to Samantha Amick at five business days prior to the webinar. Please view our full cancellation policy here.

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If you require special accommodation in order to view or hear an ABN webinar, please contact Samantha Amick at 865-313-2077 or no less than five days prior to the webinar.

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