Learning That Changes Lives: Local Leader Shares Journey to Nonprofit Success

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Empowering. Collaborative. Transformative. These are the first words that come to mind for Erin McKenney, Esq., when she thinks about the Certificate in Nonprofit Management graduate program at the University of Tampa. Now the capital campaign director at the University of Tampa where she spent 18 months earning this prestigious certificate, you might add the […]

4 Lessons from 4 Decades of Nonprofit Service

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I didn’t set out to work in the nonprofit sector. I wanted to be a doctor. I was fascinated by the art and science of health care, but my first organic chemistry class confirmed that wasn’t my calling. It was risky changing my major two-thirds of the way through college. Many people tried to talk […]

Leadership Training for the Next Generation of Leaders

Great leaders work to create other great leaders. That’s the most important lesson Erica Monet Li says she learned from participating in the Nonprofit Leadership Center’s Certificate in Leadership program. For high-performing nonprofit professionals like Erica, many receive little to no training when they’re promoted from individual contributors into managerial roles. Prior to the pandemic, a West […]

The Greatest Duty is Giving Thanks

At the Nonprofit Leadership Center, we believe gratitude is one of the secret ingredients to success. During this season of giving, our team has been reflecting on the moments, memories and people we’re most grateful for in 2022. Our deep gratitude extends to you, our nonprofit partners, supporters and community leaders, who help strengthen nonprofit organizations and […]

Fellowship Graduate Demmeri Gallon Shares Her Journey to Nonprofit Board Service

Although diverse boards are crucial for nonprofit organizations to be effective, nearly 1 in 3 nonprofits lack any professionals of color on their boards (BoardSource). In 2021, the Nonprofit Leadership Center launched the Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship to prepare professionals of color to serve on boards and equip nonprofits to foster more inclusive and […]

Being the Change I Wish to See: Nonprofit Board Governance Through a New Lens

I’ve always been passionate about being a voice for individuals and communities that need support. Life was challenging for me growing up as a Vietnamese and Asian American woman because I felt like I had to conform to societal and cultural norms. In middle school, I decided to lean into who I was. I honed […]

The Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders: A Day-in-the-Life of an NLC Fellow

Nonprofits are the lifeblood of our communities and often serve as a critical safety net for individuals and families, in good times and in bad. To help develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders who will move our dynamically changing sector forward with courage and impact, the Nonprofit Leadership Center (NLC) hires a resource development […]

Gratitude is an Understatement

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a wild ride, with many unexpected twists and turns, hardships and silver linings. Taking all of this into account, our team at the Nonprofit Leadership Center is ever mindful of and profoundly grateful for the many things, big and small, that have enriched, supported and […]

10 Questions with Florida Blue’s David Pizzo

At the Nonprofit Leadership Center (NLC), we believe the best lessons in leadership come from leaders themselves. Our 10 Questions With Series celebrates and elevates nonprofit and business leaders who are making an enduring impact on our communities. Today, we’re pleased to introduce you to David Pizzo, market president of the West Florida Region at Florida Blue. Florida […]

Local Nonprofits Provide Support When Our Community Needs Them Most

As our communities continue to navigate the challenges and deepening inequities brought on by COVID-19, nonprofit organizations haven’t let up on their commitment to individuals and families. As a nonprofit that exists to supports other nonprofits, the Nonprofit Leadership Center is shining a spotlight on the courageous leadership and innovation of Tampa Bay area nonprofit leaders and […]