About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in the Human Services is to expand the knowledge base of nonprofit and public sector human service organizations, share this knowledge with the practice community, and conduct research on the challenges facing nonprofit and public human service organizations.


The Mack Center was established in 2006 with funding from the Mack family, to focus on support for nonprofit human service organizations. The Center was subsequently expanded to incorporate public sector human service organizations, in order to reflect its relationship with the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC). BASSC was founded in 1987, as an agency-university-foundation partnership that promotes social service research, training, and policy development. BANNHSA is a parallel partnership between the Mack Center and Bay Area family and children's agencies established in 2006 to develop and conduct collaborative research and training programs.

Approach to Research

The approach of the Mack Center’s work is grounded in practice-based research, in which practitioner input into the knowledge generation process is emphasized. The Center engages in sustained collaboration with our nonprofit and public sector partners to develop research agendas, design and implement studies, co-construct the interpretation of research findings, and translate findings into policy agendas, program reforms and training curricula.