Park University Faculty

A. Donald Wise

A. Donald Wise
Civic Leader, Nonprofit and Community Services Concentration in the MPA program
Instructor of Public Affairs

(816) 559-5651

Park University - Downtown Kansas City Campus
911 Main Street, Suite 900
Kansas City, MO 64105

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  • B.S., University of Nebraska
  • M.A., The Ohio State University
  • Certificate - Kansas Community Leadership Institute - Kansas Leadership Center
  • Certified Master Leadership Facilitator – Contemporary Consultants – Kansas Leadership Center


  • PA595 - Communications and Marketing for Nonprofit/Community Organizations
  • PA594 - Financial Management for Nonprofit/Community Organizations
  • PA593 - Financing Nonprofit/ Community Services
  • PA591 - Planning Nonprofit/Community Services
  • PA545 - Management of Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations
  • PA543 - The Nonprofit Sector
  • PA542 - Social Policy and Community Services
  • PA509 - Leadership Development & Organizations
  • PA503 - Emerging Issues in Public Affairs


  • Don Wise has served in executive level positions in the nonprofit and public sectors for over thirty five years.
  • Most recently, his individual work has focused on the design and delivery of experiential programs to increase community leadership and collaborative skills of youth and young adults.
  • His organizational work includes capacity-building services and consultative support for nonprofits including business design, product/service planning, marketing coordination, project oversight and evaluation and organizational assessment, training, board development, coaching and strategic group facilitation.
  • He is the creator/organizer of the Greensburg Community Conversations-Facilitating citizen engagement planning and rebuilding following the 2007 tornado.
  • He is the creator of the Nonprofit COMPASS, a web-based assessment tool for nonprofits.
  • He received the 2009 SXSW selection for Open Source Design Competition Award – Community-based citizen engagement platform for nonprofits.