Annual Report 2019

Today more than ever, the world needs future leaders who think critically and respond compassionately. 

Living Leo’s legacy of commitment to public service and the common good, shaping the field of community engagement, challenging systemic oppression, sustaining the work for the long term with a strong network of supporters and friends. These are the directions of the McCarthy Center’s strategic plan. We just completed our first year implementing these directions and, as you can see from this annual report, they intersect through all our work.

These strategic directions respond to the enormous, existential concerns of community and politics as we head into the third decade of the twenty-first century. They also draw on the strengths of the McCarthy Center, the tenets of Jesuit education, and the values of our founder: Leo McCarthy’s genuine compassion and concern for the oppressed, his commitment to using institutions, including government, to make life better and more equitable, and his belief that education could prepare future leaders to serve the common good.

Thank you for your support as we build the future of campus community partnership for real civic impact and transformative student learning.

David Donahue, Director, Leo T. McCarthy Center

Students from three different outreach efforts

Our Impact

51,750 Hours Community-Engaged Learning

  • 1,725 Community-Engaged Learners
  • 38 Fellows in D.C., Sacramento, San Francisco
  • 3,901 USF Student Voters Registered
  • 6,300 Graduate Intern Hours
  • 308 Donors
  • 2,430 Social Media Followers

Engage San Francisco 

USF's Commitment to The Fillmore / Western Addition

  • 66 Community Partners
  • 184 Health Check-Ups
  • 4,350 Hours of Literacy Support
  • 336 Job Seekers Supported

2018–19 Financials


  • 46% Graduate Programs
  • 20% Undergraduate Programs
  • 19% Gala
  • 10% Endowment
  • 5% Grants, Gifts, and Contributions 


  • 39% Graduate Programs
  • 39% Center Operations
  • 17% Undergraduate Programs
  • 5% Engage San Francisco

Two students on the street with Day of the Dons t-shirts on

2018–19 McCarthy Center Highlights

What We Did

McCarthy Fellows in Sacramento, USF in D.C.

Our largest cohorts of students served in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. in 33 federal and state agencies and legislative offices.

USF Votes

The USF Votes team registered nearly 4,000 students in advance of the 2019 local elections increasing engagement 160% from 2014 to 2018.

Master of Arts, Urban and Public Affairs

Graduate student have collectively interned in 21 Bay Area organizations, city government and agencies.

Public service and community engagement

Over 5 years, enrollment in the minor has grown 100%. Students choose from 116 courses toward their degree.

How We Did It


Nolizwe Nondabula plays a leadership role in the Place-Based Justice Network of 20 colleges and universities committed to community engagement in higher education.


Leo T. McCarthy Award for Public Service student recipient, Reyna Brown works on social justice in the California State Governor’s office.


Karin Cotterman received Campus Compact's Community-Engagement Professional Award in recognition of their leadership of Engage San Francisco.

Professional development

The Center provides professional development to Bay Area community engagement faculty and co-educators.


Nyteia Tyler received the Newman Civic Fellowship for her commitment to community service, civic engagement, and social justice. 

research & publishing

Star Plaxton-Moore continues her publishing streak with her second co-authored book in two years: The Craft of Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning

Contact Info

Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Masonic, Room 106
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5662 (415) 422-5641