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Elizabeth Searing

Elizabeth Searing

Associate Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management

Professional Preparation

Doctorate - Public Policy
Georgia State University - 2015
Master of Arts - Economics
Georgia State University - 2011
Bachelor of Arts - Economics
Texas A&M University - 1999

Research Areas

Canadian Charitable Data Democratization
Along with Nathan Grasse from Carleton University, I have been working to make a comprehensive database of T3010 annual Canadian charity filings available to the public. This also allows exploration of numerous research questions involving the unique context of the Canadian data.
Nonprofit Resiliency during Revenue Shocks
With Kimberly Wiley of the University of Florida and Sarah Young of Kennesaw State University, I explore the ways in which Illinois nonprofit organizations handled the state government shutdown. Some studies provide practical tips for nonprofits, while others suggest improvements to the way that we theorize nonprofit-government relations.
The Financial Condition of Italian Social Cooperatives
With Simone Poledrini and Alessandro Montrone, I examine the economic and financial health of Italian social cooperatives, including policy options to boost the overall health of the sector.
How People Give
With Sarah Jacobson of Williams College and Angela de Oliveira of UMass-Amherst, I have an NSF grant to study in-kind giving from both the donor and the nonprofit perspectives.​With Tim Sarrantonio from NeonOne, I study why and how people make recurring gifts using data with giving time accurate down to the second.


Charitable (Anti)Trust: The Role of Antitrust Regulation in the Nonprofit Sector - publications
Practicing Professional Ethics in Economics and Public Policy - publications
Love thy neighbor? Recessions and interpersonal trust in Latin America - publications
"Three Case Studies” in Ethical Guidance for Emerging Pervasive Information and Communication Technologies (PICT): Challenges, Opportunities, and Safeguards - publications
Pervasive Policy Uncertainty and Public Agency Responses: Managing Medicaid Managed Care Design and Implementation - publications
Ecologies within the habitats of the zoo - Other
Feeding the animals - Other
Nonprofit Human Resources: Crisis Impacts and Mitigation Strategies 2024 - Journal Article

Additional Information

Dr. Elizabeth Searing is an Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Searing’s primary research focus is the financial management of nonprofit and social enterprise organizations, but she also conducts work on comparative social economy more broadly. She is an Associate Editor and editorial board member of Nonprofit Management & Leadership, and an editorial advisory board member at VOLUNTAS and the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management (JPBAFM). Her articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Dr. Searing and Dr. Dennis Young wrote Resilience and the Management of Nonprofit Organizations: A New Paradigm (2022). Prof. Searing is also an editor of two books: Practicing Professional Ethics in Economics and Public Policy (with D. Searing) and The Social Enterprise Zoo: A Guide to Perplexed Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Investors and Policymakers (with D. Young and C. Brewer). She has taught classes on the nonprofit sector (undergraduate and graduate), financial management (graduate), program evaluation (graduate), and microeconomics (undergraduate), in addition to having work experience in all three sectors. Immediately prior to her time in Texas, she was an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany (SUNY); she is also the former Director of the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development at the University at Albany. 

Specialties: Nonprofit financial management, social enterprise, organizational ecology, program evaluation, behavioral economics, evidence-based policy, applied ethics

News Articles

“Reaching Deeper Can Help Nonprofits Weather the Inflation Storm.”
Good, Jessica. (November 30, 2022). “Reaching Deeper Can Help Nonprofits Weather the Inflation Storm.” UTDallas Magazine. 
“Most Charitable State for 2023.”
McCann, Adam. (November 8, 2022). “Most Charitable State for 2023.” WalletHub. 
“Does #MeToo Need Time’s Up? ‘This Isn’t the Movement’.“
Maddeus, Gene. (August 27, 2021). Variety.
“Nonprofits learn how to become better philanthropists.”
Ford, Lindsey. (February 4, 2020). “Nonprofits learn how to become better philanthropists.” WXOW Television 
“Impact of overhead on non-profit organizations discussed in La Crosse.”
White, Greg. (February 4, 2020). “Impact of overhead on non-profit organizations discussed in La Crosse.” WKBT/