June 4, 2021

Last Updated

September 27, 2023


The Muttart Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, Volunteer Canada

Practice Area

Intersections and Innovations

Allison Russell, University of Pennsylvania

Allison R. Russell is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania. Allison’s research and teaching centre on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, including volunteerism, nonprofit HRM, ethics and equity in organizational decision-making, and the role of nonprofits in social welfare in the US and around the world. She holds a PhD in social welfare from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

Paula Speevak, Volunteer Canada

Paula Speevak serves as president and CEO of Volunteer Canada and is an adjunct professor at Carleton University in the School of Public Policy and Administration. Powered by passion and facilitated by local volunteer centres, she sees the evolving nature of volunteering as a vehicle for inclusion, social justice, skills development, and community resiliency.

Femida Handy, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Femida Handy is a professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, where she serves as director of the PhD program. She has previously served as the editor-in-chief for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Femida is widely published and has received multiple awards for her research, which is crosscultural and interdisciplinary. Her research interests include a wide range of topics focusing on the nonprofit sector, such as philanthropy, volunteering, managing nonprofits, and environmental issues.