Colton C. Strawser, Ph.D.
Nonprofit Management & Philanthropic Studies Scholar
Researcher of Community Foundations and Community Engagement within Higher Education
Teacher | Social Justice Warrior | Philanthropy Radicalizer | Critical Scholar | 10% Diet Coke
Colton C. Strawser is a Visiting Scholar in the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness, and Social Action at the University of San Diego. He has held various positions in the nonprofit sector including director of marketing/fundraising, director of development, and executive director. Dr. Strawser owns his own consulting company, Colton Strawser Consulting, and serves as the Executive Director for the Community Leadership, Engagement, and Research Institute.
Strawser's research interests include community engagement within higher education, the community leadership roles of community foundations, and effective pedagogy within the disciplines of nonprofit management and philanthropic studies. His mission is to empower organizations to create change through his teaching, scholarship, and engagement.
Strawser holds a bachelor of arts in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and master’s degrees in Higher Education Administration and Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy from Bay Path University. Dr. Strawser completed his PhD in Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership at the University of San Diego where his dissertation was funded by the Ford Foundation. He is both a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP).