David Van Slyke, The Maxwell School and Jesse Lecy, Georgia State University and SU Alum, have received funding from the Kresge Foundation for a second wave of survey research on nonprofit startup organizations. Van Slyke and Lecy are conducting research that is specifically interested in events that influence growth and survival during the early years of a nonprofit and during the process of incorporation and understanding which factors lead to organizational vulnerability and to organizational growth during the first three years of nonprofit operations.

The Kresge Foundation is one of the leading philanthropic organizations sponsoring nonprofit research. Funding is coming from the "Advancing Knowledge in Human Services Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations project." Advancing Knowledge responds to the need to build a research community of scholars whose work has the potential to improve the practice of human services organizations and philanthropy. This is a new grant program being administered by The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.