Over 70 guests from more than 50 area nonprofit agencies gathered August 21 at Wright State University’s Nonprofit Leader Alliance (NLA) breakfast at the Dayton Cultural Center.
The event was for area students, nonprofit professionals and nonprofit agencies to learn more about Wright State’s professional certification program in nonprofit management, which Wright State has offered since 2000. Students and professionals earn the credential of certified nonprofit professional (CNP) when they complete the program.
It was announced at the event that beginning this year, nonprofit professionals could also pursue certification with the program. For 13 years, the program had provided certification to undergraduate and graduate students only.
“This was a great opportunity for us to share this news and also spread the word about our workshop opportunities for these professionals, which are led by Wright State students,” said Jennifer Subban, Ph.D., associate professor of urban affairs.
Currently the NLA plans to host two professional development workshops this academic year. One will happen in October and the other is scheduled for March, though Subban said that could expand to three or four if interest from local nonprofit agencies continues to grow.
“This program is of a very high quality and is viewed as such by these local agencies,” said Jenny Warner, chair of the Community Council, which works closely with area agencies and the NLA. “The curriculum, the internship opportunities, the national conferences these students attend, the community service projects they do, and most importantly the professionals this program creates are all reasons why local agencies are working very closely with Wright State’s NLA program.”
Joe Baldasare, vice president of development with The Dayton Foundation, provided the keynote presentation for the event and described the challenging human capital needs of the nonprofit sector during a season when so many servant leaders are retiring. Baldasare credited Wright State’s program as one of the keys to answering that need.