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Sarah L. Pettijohn

Sarah L. Pettijohn

Research Associate

Sarah Pettijohn studies the role, capacity, and financial well-being of nonprofit organizations in the United States. Current projects include three studies for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: (1) improving performance measurement and program documentation for the Community Service Block Grants (CSBG) program, (2) understanding how managers use data in Head Start programs, and (3) evaluating the Head Start Designation Renewal System. Her main area of research interest is in government contracts and grants from the nonprofit perspective. She is part of the research team that is examining government contracting policies and practices affecting nonprofit organizations. In addition to her research work, Sarah provides support to the National Center on Charitable Statistics and assists with data requests and the National Fundraising Survey administered by the National Research Collaborative.

BA, Government, University of Texas at Austin
MPA, Public Administration, University of Texas at Dallas
Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, University of Texas at Dallas
In progress, PhD, Department of Public Administration, American University

Areas of expertise

Nonprofit organizations, nonprofit-government relations, nonprofit management, public management, outcomes and performance measurement, nonprofit statistics

Selected Publications from Sarah L. Pettijohn

  • Community Services Block Grant Administrative Expenses
  • Understanding Trends in Poverty in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area
  • Publications by topic:
    Nonprofit Sector
    Poverty and Safety Net

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