Elizabeth Keating, Ph.D.

Boston University
Affiliated Scholar

Elizabeth (“Liz”) Keating is well known as a nonprofit finance researcher and educator. Her research has looked at nonprofit financial performance, reforming the nonprofit reporting system, overhead, financial distress and fraud. She is perhaps best known for her Boston Foundation report, “Passion and Purpose: Raising the Fiscal Fitness Bar for Massachusetts Nonprofits” which documented the lack of funding in the sector, as well as for her pamphlet “How to Assess Nonprofit Financial Performance,” used in many nonprofit finance courses. She has taught nonprofit finance and accounting in executive as well as degree-granting programs at the Harvard Business School, Kennedy School at Harvard, Kellogg School at Northwestern, and Columbia University. She is presently an Affiliated Scholar at the Urban Institute and a Lecturer at Boston University. She holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School at NYU and a PhD in accounting from the Sloan School at MIT.

Faculty for Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy, 2018 – present