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Psaras Foundation Makes $100,000 Grant To Support FMU's Non-Profit Leadership Institute

         FLORENCE---The Psaras Foundation of Columbia has awarded a $100,000 challenge grant to Francis Marion University to support the Non-Profit Leadership Institute and to help take the program statewide.

         The grant will be awarded in $25,000 increments over the next four years and is contingent upon the university raising $2,000 in matching funds.

         “We are extremely grateful to the Psaras Foundation for supporting the Non-Profit Leadership Institute,” said FMU President Fred Carter.  “It’s another signal that this program is important to non-profit leadership inside as well as outside the Pee Dee region.”

         FMU’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute was established in 2002 to provide a higher level of professional development for the non-profit sector of the Pee Dee region.  The Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation urged the creation of this leadership training program and annually funded its development. 

        In 2002, the Psaras Foundation provided a $10,000 grant as seed money to help get the program started.  The $100,000 grant from the Psaras Foundation will help expand the program statewide.

         About 25 participants from non-profit organizations have participated in training programs for each of the first two years.  Training sessions are held in one- or two-day periods, beginning each fall and continuing for seven months.

         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. 

         Fred Sheheen, former commissioner and executive director of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education, is part-time director of the FMU institute.

         For more information about the Non-Profit Leadership Institute, contact the FMU Foundation at 843-661-1481.

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Last Published: February 13, 2006 10:35 AM
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