FLORENCE, S.C. – The Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University will hold its first alumni workshop, Friday, March 3.
The program, founded in 2002, has graduated three classes. A fourth class will graduate this year.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ervin Dining Hall on the FMU campus. The fee is $15 and includes coffee and lunch.
The day will begin with coffee and networking at 9 a.m. Opening remarks will be given by FMU president Fred Carter and Bradley Callicott, executive director of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation.
A panel discussion, “How Entrepreneurial Spirit Accomplishes Great Things in Non-Profits,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Panelists will include Erin Hardwick, founding executive director of the S.C. Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO); the Rev. Dr. Brad Smith, founder and executive director of the Souper Bowl of Caring; Deborah Smith, executive director of the Newberry Opera House; and Dr. Virginia Uldrick, president emerita of the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
The luncheon speaker will be Thomas C. Keith, executive director of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.
A public policy forum will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Panelists will include state Sen. Gerald Malloy and state Rep. Jay Lucas, both of Hartsville, state Rep. Harry Ott of St. Matthews, and state Sen. Hugh Leatherman of Florence.
The institute is a seven-month training program for leaders of non-profits. 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.
Fred Sheheen, former commissioner and executive director of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education, is director of the FMU Non-Profit Leadership Institute.
For more information or to register for the alumni event, contact Jane Madden at 843-661-1230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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