Nonprofits Won’t Let a Pandemic or Recession Stop Them from Helping Communities

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The Nonprofit Leadership Center Announces Its Largest Certificate in Nonprofit Management Class at the University of Tampa in the Graduate Program’s 13-Year History

As nonprofits face continued financial and operational challenges, the Nonprofit Leadership Center and the University of Tampa have launched the largest Certificate in Nonprofit Management class in the history of this graduate program, which began in 2007.

Despite recent survey findings from the Charities Aid Foundation of America that nearly one-third of nonprofits may be forced to close their doors within the next 12 months, local leaders are investing in themselves and their organizations to ensure they can continue serving those in need.

“We’ve seen tremendous creativity in the nonprofit sector with organizations designing new approaches to meet increased demands for services. Many leaders are now at an inflection point needing to reimagine their nonprofit’s future. This certificate program is more than a series of classes; we’re developing the head for business, the heart for nonprofit work and the spirit of a leader — each of which is essential now.”

Emily Benham, CFRE, FAHP, CEO of the Nonprofit Leadership Center
Our Fundraising & Marketing Fellow Jessica Dvoracsek and CEO Emily Benham are glad to safely be back at the University of Tampa this week to start and continue our Certificate in Nonprofit Management program

This week, the new Certificate in Nonprofit Management class of 2021 is on campus to kick off their program while the current class of 2020 is back to finish their 15-month journey. The program is taught by Ph.D. faculty in partnership with leading nonprofit practitioners, with a goal of increasing students’ knowledge of the nonprofit sector while solving real-world challenges. This program includes four one-week seminars and culminates with a presentation to a panel of nonprofit executives and experts.

This is such a critical time for nonprofits. The fight to survive is real. In a year with significant recruiting challenges for universities overall, we started this year’s program with the largest enrollment in history. Part of this reflects momentum from educating current and future nonprofit leaders, but it also reflects the promise and power of education to address the critical issues currently facing nonprofit organizations.

Amy Harris, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, Director of Graduate Business Programs and Director of Nonprofit Management Program, University of Tampa

Learn More About the Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Wondering how getting a Certificate in Nonprofit Management can strengthen your skills, organization and community, or if it is right for you? Read more about the program and get a peek behind the classroom door:

The Nonprofit Leadership Center will continue our mission to equip nonprofit leaders across the sector with our 10th Anniversary Leadership Conference on October 13, which will be held virtually and focus on how to lead courageously. Learn more and register now.


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