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NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP,
STRATEGY & SUSTAINABILITY

ABOUT ME

Hello! My name is Ben Murphy and I’m a seasoned nonprofit leader focused on sustainable community development, public policy, social impact, and inclusive growth through operational excellence and innovation.

The central question behind my work is, “if a nonprofit went away, how would people be able to tell it had made a difference?” In other words, are nonprofits actually solving problems?

My work is premised on three core beliefs about nonprofit human services organizations:
1.) Nonprofits exist to serve the community and society (not donors or boards);
2.) The goal of a nonprofit should be to put itself out of business by having tangible, sustainable impact on social need; and
3.) Nonprofits must be actively involved in catalyzing public/social policy reform that would render their work unnecessary through the changing of systems and structures that underlie the causes of poverty and inequality.

RESUME

I have 22 years of experience in social sector operations, development, strategy, and governance. My work has resulted in the successful procurement of over $100 million in funding, creating 160+ jobs, and securing services for thousands of families and individuals across New York. You can view/download my most recent resume below.

I currently serve as the Manager of Public Grants and Program Development for the Hillside Family of Agencies, headquartered in Rochester, New York and providing a broad array of children and family services throughout much of upstate New York, as well as the Baltimore / Prince George’s County, Maryland region.

EDUCATION

I completed my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication (Media Concentration) from Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester, NY) in 2000, graduating Cum Laude.

I am currently a part-time graduate student, pursuing a Master of Science (M.S.) in Nonprofit Management at Columbia University in the City of New York (’21SPS) as a member of their first online/hybrid cohort for the degree.

I have also completed the following certificates:
Human-Centered Design (+Acumen/IDEO, 2019)
Social Entrepreneurship (Oxford University, 2018)
Evaluating Social Programs (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT/edX), 2018)
Corporate Social Responsibility (University of Pennsylvania (Penn/edX), 2018)
Public Policy (University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley/edX), 2018).
Corporate Social Responsibility (University of Pennsylvania (Penn/edX), 2018)
Public Policy (University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley/edX), 2018).

THE LATEST FROM MY BLOG

More: http://www.thisisbenmurphy.com/blog

  • Weekend Reads is an eclectic curation of seven fascinating articles I’ve recently encountered. These are posted here in a spirit of open dialogue, curiosity, and explorative conversation (Bollinger, 2019, para. 6; Hatch, 2019, para. 19-23) . Hope you find these as thought-provoking as I have. Thoughtful, well-reasoned, and respectful comments…Continue ReadingHuman Rights in Embroidery, Digital […]
  • Weekend Reads is an eclectic collection of seven fascinating articles I’ve encountered during the previous week. These are posted here in a spirit of open dialogue, curiosity, and explorative conversation (Bollinger, 2019; Hatch, 2019) . Hope you find these as thought-provoking as I have. Thoughtful, well-reasoned, and respectful comments are…Continue ReadingPotty Training and Market Incentives, […]
  • Lately, it’s been extremely difficult to make time to blog about … well, anything. Between family, work, and grad school my schedule is beyond maximum capacity However, I still read a lot of material. I want to make a habit of sharing some of the better reads. So, here you…Continue ReadingScotland’s Ice Age, Designing for […]
  • I researched, compiled, and analyzed the following material as supporting evidence for a research paper regarding the international nonprofit sector for my ‘Role & Unique Nature of the Nonprofit Sector’ class at Columbia University’s Master of Science in Nonprofit Management degree program. Since much of the data we have on international nonprofit work is…Continue ReadingScope of the International Nonprofit […]
  • This piece was originally published on the Global SIB Database by Benjamin Murphy on March, 21 2019 (updated November 9, 2019). “A SIB is a pay-for-performance [financial] instrument that incentivizes investors to take [on] the risk of a certain project achieving specified social outcomes in exchange for a potential financial…Continue ReadingWhat On Earth Is A […]
  • I researched, compiled, and analyzed the following material on Friday, October 18 – Saturday, October 19, 2019 as supporting evidence for a book dissection assignment of Lester M. Salamon’s Leverage for Good: an Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investment (2014) for my ‘Role & Unique Nature…Continue ReadingSocial Investing Terminology: Google Search […]

RESEARCH / PROJECTS

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP NEW YORK

SOCENTNY.org is a new beta website aiming to connect social entrepreneurs, investors, and start-up resources across New York State. The goal is to have the site complete and formally launched by 2020.

GLOBAL SOCIAL IMPACT BOND (SIB) DATABASE

A natural outgrowth of my background in social entrepreneurship and my work in nonprofit development has been a growing involvement in social finance. I am building a global social impact bond (SIB) database so that I can better understand it. SIB.THISISBENMURPHY.com

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME (UBI) DATABASE

I am a finance and economics nerd. One of the current global experiments I am most interested in is Universal Basic Income (UBI), so I am building a database in order to learn more, which may hopefully morph into future Ph.D. work. UBI.THISISBENMURPHY.com

INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

My recent nonprofit work has fallen into the world of economic development, and so I’ve become intent on learning more about how governments can be more intentionally inclusive in their work. RESEARCH LINK COMING SOON.

DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO
Public/Private Grants & Leveraged Funding

My development work has resulted in $113.1 million ($49.7 million in direct awards, leveraging an additional $63.4 million in public/private funding) entering our upstate New York communities, creating 167 jobs, and serving thousands of families and individuals.

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