Mirae Kim (@MiraeKim_npo) is an associate professor of Nonprofit Studies at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. Prior to joining George Mason, Mirae Kim was a faculty member (ternued in May, 2020) at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (Georgia State University) between 2017-2020. She was also a tenure track faculty member at Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs (University of Missouri) between 2014-2017. She earned her PhD in 2014 from Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (advisor: Gregg G. Van Ryzin) and a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Before coming to the States, She earned her Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Seoul National University in South Korea and spent over a year at Auckland University in New Zealand as an exchange student.

Her research interests include nonprofit financial management, the role of nonprofits in civil society, nonprofit arts management, cultural policy, and interorganizational partnerships. Her research has been widely published in the Public Administration Review, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, American Review of Public Administration, Administration & Society, Review of Public Personnel Administration, and Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management. Most recently, her research has focused on how nonprofits respond to increasing racial and ethnic diversity; for instance, she is currently examining ethnic minority disadvantages in the nonprofit funding market as well as the prevalence of nonprofits serving mostly people of color and immigrants. For one of her articles, Kim was awarded the 2018 award for outstanding article in the NVSQ. In addition, she has been leading the “Nonprofit Organization Research Panel” project. Mirae Kim created theNORPanel project in order to provide valuable information for nonprofit practitioners while producing much needed data for the nonprofit research community.

During her doctoral years at Rutgers, she served as a managing editor of Civic Engagement Magazine that seeks to deepen the discourse about, and underscore our shared commitment to, public service. She was also a member of the Penn Social Impact Doctoral Fellows Program under the direction of Dr. Peter Frumkin. Currently, she is serving as an associate editor on the editorial board of the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs (JPNA). She also served the International Review of Public Administration (IRPA) as an associate editor.

Please feel free to contact her via an email ( or, should you have any question about her research. Note that her Missouri email is no longer available.

Twitter handle @MiraeKim_npo

[Research Grant Received]

  • Kim, Mirae. (Principal), Abramson, Alan. (Co-Principal). "HNDS-I: Collaborative Research: Developing a Data Platform for Analysis of Nonprofit Organizations," National Science Foundation: $271,513
  • Kim, Mirae. (Principal). "Research Study: Impacts of Recent Giving Trends on Nonprofits and Communities, "Generosity Commission, Giving USA (subgrant from the Urban Institute)”: $50,354
  • Kim, Mirae. (Principal), and Liu, Cathy Yang (Co-Principal). “Welcoming America Network: Local Government – Nonprofit Nexus in Serving the Immigrant Population,” Charles Koch Foundation: $ 55,700
  • Kim, Mirae. (Principal), and Liu, Cathy Yang (Co-Principal). “Local Government- Nonprofit Nexus in Serving Immigrant Populations in Welcoming Cities,” Urban Studies Institute Seed Grant: $6,000
  • Kim, Mirae. (Principal), National Endowment for the Arts Research: Art Works FY 2015: $10,000
  • Kim, Mirae. (Principal), University of Missouri Research Council grant, FY 2015 for the Nonprofit Organization Research Panel ( project: $9,356

Latest News

[New Publication in 2020]

  • Kim, Mirae, and Dyana P. Mason. (2020) “Are You Ready: Financial Management, Operating Reserves and the Immediate Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Online advance.
  • Xu, Chengxin, and Mirae Kim. (conditionally accepted) “Unpacking Nonprofit Autonomy-Interdependence Paradox in Collaborative Relationships.” American Review of Public Administration.
  • Mason, Dyana P., and Mirae Kim. (2020) “Nonprofit Governance Board Coaching Framework for Effective Performance: Staff Support, Board Knowledge, and Board Effectiveness.” Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance. Online advance.
  • Mirae Kim, and Dyana P. Mason. (2020) “Government funding and fundraising: an online experiment of nonprofit leader preferences and personality.” Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management. Online advance.
  • Kim, Mirae, and Étienne Charbonneau. (2020). “Caught Between Volunteerism and Professionalism: Support by Nonprofit Leaders for the Donative Labor Hypothesis.” Review of Public Personnel Administration, 40(2), 327–349.

[NORP survey results featured in the CONVERSATION]

National survey shows that social service nonprofits are trying to help more people on smaller budgets as the coronavirus pandemic and economic downturn unfold, a research brief written by myself and Dyana P. Mason.

[Joining the editorial board of Nonprofit Management & Leadership, effective January 1, 2020]

Joining the editorial board of Nonprofit Management & Leadership, effective January 1, 2020, another great honor! Appreciate the opportunity the nonprofit academic community.

[Elected to serve on the ARNOVA Board]

Elected to serve on the ARNOVA Board as Member-at-Large, what a great honor! Thanks for the opportunity.   

[Nonprofit Times Podcase Episode]

Mirae Kim was interviewed by Nonprofit Times on the podcast episode, "Too Many Nonprofits or Not + Nonprofit Collaboration?" on September 15, 2019.  

[Received the 2018 NVSQ Best Article Award]

Mirae Kim's single authored article has been selected as the co-winnder of this year's Outstanding Article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ). See the announcement here.

*** Last Update: October, 2020