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Director, Professor and Advisor, Nonprofit and Community Leadership Concentration
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Primary Research Interests

Nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, financial management, and accountability

Courses Frequently Taught

Courses in the nonprofit concentration including Philanthropy and Resource Development, Proseminar in Nonprofit Organizations, and Nonprofit Leadership and Accountability


Dr. Sloan joined the School of Strategic Leadership Studies in 2012. Prior to teaching, she worked in the nonprofit sector for ten years in a variety of management roles with a focus on youth programs, the arts, and resource development.

Her research has been presented at numerous academic conferences, and she has served as a reviewer for academic publications including Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Her research has appeared in Nonprofit Policy Forum, Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management, Journal of Nonprofit Education & Leadership, Public Budgeting & Finance, American Review of Public Administration ,and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and she was selected as a 2009 Emerging Scholar from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations (ARNOVA).

Dr. Sloan has previously been affiliated with Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky. She received her bachelor’s degree from Alice Lloyd College and master’s degrees and doctorate in public policy and administration from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Sloan is a member of the ARNOVA, the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), the International Leadership Academy (ILA), the Association for Public Budgeting and Finance (ABFM), and Academy of Management (Public and Nonprofit Division).

Recent Publications

Sloan, M.F. (2021). Taming the tiger:  Purposes and tactics of leadership in systems. Journal of Leadership Studies.  Forthcoming

Sloan, M.F., Trull, L., Malomba, M., Akerson, E., Atwood, K., Eaton, M., (2021). A rural perspective on COVID responses: Access, interdependence, and communityJournal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.  Forthcoming.   

Charles, C, Sloan, M.F., & Butler, J.S. (2021). Capital structure determinants for arts nonprofits.  Nonprofit Management and Leadership.  1-22. DOI: 10.1002/nml.21454 

Sloan, M.F..  (2020). Transacting business and transforming communities:  The mission of community foundations around the globe.  Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector. Published online on 8.21.20 at 

Charles, C, Sloan, M.F.. & Schubert, P.  (2020). If Someone Else Pays for Overhead, Do Donors Still Care?  The American Review of Public Administration. Published online on April 9, 2020 at  

Akers, L., Thomson, J., Sloan, M.F.. & Ford, K.  (2019). Organizational factors associated with quality perinatal care.  The Health Care Manager.  38(1). 

Miltenberger, L. & Sloan, M.F.  (2017). Collaborative Leadership: The Future of Nonprofit Contracting.  Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. 7(2), 122-138. 

Sloan, M.F., Grizzle, C., & Kim, M. (2016).  Nonprofit Leadership Perceptions of Operating Reserves. Nonprofit Management & Leadership. 26(4), 417-433.  

Grizzle, C. & Sloan, M.F. (2016). Nonprofit Accountability in Emerging Capitalization Structures. Public Administration Quarterly.  40(2).  

Yan, W. & Sloan, M.F. (2016). The Interaction of Financial Efficiency and Executive Compensation on Nonprofit Membership Organization Donations.  American Review of Public Administration.  (First published online March 2016 DOI: 10.1177/0275074014554000), 46(2), 243-258. 

Sloan, M.F., Ford, K.A., & Merritt, D.  (2015). Shifts in Practice Based on Rapid Re-Housing for Rural Homelessness.  Contemporary Rural Social Work. 7(2), 127-134. 

Sloan, M.F., Grizzle, C., & Kim, M. (2015). What Happens on a Rainy Day? How Nonprofit Human Service Leaders Create, Utilize, and Maintain Operating    Reserves, Journal of Nonprofit Education & Leadership, 5(3), 190-202. 

Grizzle, C., Sloan, M.F., & Kim, M. (2015). A Look at the Factors that Influence the Size of Nonprofit Operating Reserves: Can NPOs Afford Not to Have an Operating Reserve? Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management, 27(1), 67-99. 

Yusuf, J. E. W., & Sloan, M. F. (2015). Effectual Processes in Nonprofit Start-Ups and Social Entrepreneurship: An Illustrated Discussion of a Novel Decision-Making Approach. The American Review of Public Administration, (First published online 2013 0275074013509685), 45(4), 417-435. 

Sloan, M.F. (2014). “The Center for Rural Development:  Innovation in Appalachia.” in Innovative Nonprofits: Nonprofits that Make a Difference.  Ram Cnaan and Diane Vinokur, Eds.  Sage Publications. 167-178. 

Sloan, M. F., & Grizzle, C. (2014). Assessing the Impact of Federal Funding on Faith‐Based and Community Organization Program Spending. Public Budgeting & Finance, 34(2), 44-62. 

Sloan, M. F. (2014). The Substance of Things Hoped For: Do State Faith-Based and Community Partnership Offices and Liaisons Help Grassroots Organizations Get Federal Funding? Nonprofit Policy Forum, 5(1), 111-137. 

Sloan, M.F. (2010). “Julius Rosenwald.” International Encyclopedia of Civil Society.Helmut Anheier and Stephan Toeplar, Eds.  New York: Springer. 

Sloan, M. F. (2009). The Effects of Nonprofit Accountability Ratings on Donor Behavior. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 38(2), 220-236. 

Sloan, M.F. (2003). Frank Hamilton Cushing: A Source for Huxley’s Brave Old World. Aldous Huxley Annual.  3, 129-154.  

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