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Institute for Non-Profit Leadership Created at FMU

FLORENCE---The Institute for Non-Profit Leadership has been created at Francis Marion University to strengthen non-profit organizations in the Pee Dee region.

 Initially funded by a $75,000 grant from the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation of Florence, the institute will provide leadership training for non-profit groups.  The effort is also being supported by a $10,000 grant from the Psaras Foundation of Columbia.

“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,” said Bradley Callicott, executive director of the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation.  “I am pleased that Francis Marion University has responded to our request to establish this leadership training program.  This fills a void in a critically needed area.”

 “This institute will have a profound impact on the largely rural Pee Dee region,” said FMU President Fred Carter.   “A number of non-profit organizations assist with various needs throughout the region, but they are often small and lack the staff expertise to satisfy all the needs of their service areas.” 

Carter said 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.

While the grants are for one-year, Carter believes that funding can be obtained to continue the institute indefinitely.  Established through the FMU Foundation, the institute could become a model for other areas of the state and of the nation to look at how teamwork can benefit all sectors.

The institute will enroll 25 participants, including two from outside the Pee Dee region, in a seven-month training program.   Tuition for Pee Dee area participants will be $100 each, while those from outside the region will pay $750 each.  All enrollees and/or their organizations will be responsible for travel and lodging associated with the program. 

 The sessions will be held on either one- or two-day periods from September through April 2003.  The first session is scheduled Sept. 20.

Topics will 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.

 Individuals from the public, private and non-profit sector will be invited to address the institute on various topics.  

 Fred Sheheen, former commissioner and executive director of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education, will be a part-time director of the FMU institute.  An adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, Sheheen also has experience as a journalist and publisher and was press secretary to Donald Russell in his service as governor and senator.  He is a graduate of Duke University and the Institute of Education Management at Harvard University.

 For more information, contact the FMU Foundation at 843-661-1481.

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Last Published: May 4, 2004 8:13 AM
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