Past Research Lab Projects

The mission of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Lab is to strengthen the role of mission driven organizations in society. We apply qualitative methodologies to assess crises facing the sector and to make sense of societal perceptions of voluntary action.

2021 ARNOVA Best Poster Competition Winner

Centralizing Black Students' Voices During UF's Crisis Response to COVID-19 and BLM


In this student-led project, we used photovoice and listening sessions to (1) assess perceptions of student support provided by the University of Florida (UF) during COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement, (2) gauge the role of community nonprofits in helping support Black students, and (3) identify solutions to support UF’s Black students during crisis.

Research Assistants: Gabriella Alexis, Lead Research Assistant; Chandler LeBlanc, Research Coordinator; Alina McCloud, Research Assistant; Terrence Vialva, Research Assistant; Kenya Byrd, Research Assistant (FAMU)

Research Faculty: Kimberly Wiley, PI; Jeneé Duncan, Co-PI; Michelle Abraczinskas, Co-PI

Research Consultant: Zoe Flowers

Funded by: UF Research Advancing Racial Justice Research Grant

Presentations:

Alexis, G., McCloud, A., LeBlanc, C. Flowers, Z. & Wiley, K.(November 2021). Centralizing Black Students' Voices During COVID-19 and BLM at the University of Florida. Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Alexis, G., McCloud, A. (October 2021). Centralizing Black Students' Voices During COVID-19 and BLM at the University of Florida. UF Undergraduate Research Expo.

Portrayals of Volunteering on TV

A team of undergraduate research assistants worked collaboratively to identify over 132 examples of volunteering portrayed on US television. We used textual analysis to identify themes in the portrayals. Our findings provide an opportunity to advise volunteer managers of how pop culture messaging influences what volunteers might expect when they arrive at the organization’s door.

Publications:

Wiley, K., Thomas, M.B., Skollar, T. (2022). The paradox of compulsory volunteering: A textual analysis of charity as punishment on U.S. television. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 0(0), 1-21.


Wiley, K. (2022). Investigating meanings and messages on volunteering through television media. In Researching Voluntary Action: Innovations and Challenges, Eds Jon Dean and Eddy Hogg. Policy Press.


Wiley, K. and Evans, M.* (2021). Portrayals of Volunteering on U.S. Television: A Textual Analysis. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 0(0), 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1177/08997640211033907


Presentations:

Wiley, K., Thomas, B. and Skollar, T. (2021) The Paradox of Coerced Volunteering: An Analysis of Charity as Punishment on U.S. Television. Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Conference. Atlanta, GA.


Wiley, K. and Evans, M. (2019) What Volunteer Managers Can Learn from Binge-Watching TV. Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference. Birmingham, U.K.