Building a Better Wilmington Campaign

Brudney filming

Meet Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney

Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney is the inaugural holder of the Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professorship of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The Urban Institute in Washington, DC, calls Dr. Brudney "the foremost research expert on volunteer management programs and community volunteer centers in the United States."

Dr. Brudney was recruited to UNCW to involve students through coursework, research projects, and other creative activity in the community. His course "Nonprofit Leadership Experience" (PLS 361/534) is the ideal class for getting students involved! After extensive in-class instruction and networking with guest speakers from nonprofit organizations, students perform a project for local nonprofits that enrich their knowledge, skills, and resume's, and build the capacity of the nonprofit organizations as well. Students also increase their knowledge and skills by conducting research with Dr. Brudney, including projects funded through the Summer Undergraduate Research and Creativity Awards (SURCA) and Experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning (ETEAL).

In addition, Dr. Brudney works with student filmmakers to make films that encourage giving, volunteering, and involvement in the community. His first film, Building a Better Wilmington: Giving and Volunteering in the Port City, was selected for the 2013 Cucalorus Film Festival. Dr. Brudney also makes Community Spotlight Films with graduate students that highlight the good work of local nonprofit organizations.

Please explore the Building a Better Wilmington Campaign website , like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, watch our films on Vimeo , or contact us directly at to learn more and get involved.

To read additional details about Dr. Brudney's background, please click here.