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General Information on NPLI

The Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University was established to provide leadership training to strengthen non-profit organizations across the state. Funded initially with multi-year grants from the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation, the Institute now receives major support from FMU, along with a grant from the PSARAS Foundation.

A number of non-profit organizations assist with various needs throughout the region, but often do not have access to the resources they need to make their job easier. This institute will provide the type of professional development needed to sustain long-term differences in the lives of the people these non-profit organizations serve. The goal of this program is to provide a higher level of professional skills for the regional non-profit sector and a greater coordination of efforts to serve the people of this region of the state. It is our hope that the institute will become a model for other areas of the state and the nation to look at how teamwork can benefit all sectors.

Experts from the public, private and non-profit sectors across the country have addressed the institute on various topics to provide the latest thinking in the non-profit sector. There are also valuable networking opportunities among the participants.

Topics include:

• leadership;
• program development and delivery;
• human resource development, including board members and volunteers;
• effective financial resource development and management;
• programmatic and organizational issues related to data collection and reporting;
• visibility, including managing external relations; and
• case studies.


The sessions are held on either one- or two-day periods from September through April

Please note that you must be a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization to participate in the Institute.


Last Published: July 9, 2009 10:28 AM
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