PSU Institute for Nonprofit Management Wins United Way Grant
Author: Office of University Communications
Posted: April 12, 2007

Portland State University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management has received an important Community Impact grant from United Way of the Columbia-Willamette for its Leadership Fellows Program to enhance leaders in Portland’s increasingly diverse community.

“As Portland grows, so does the need for leaders of programs that target specific segments of our community,” said Brent A. Stewart, Sr., President and CEO of United Way. “The program strengthens skills and increases opportunities for people of color. We not only support programs that help people in need, but programs that extend the effectiveness of those programs”

The grant is to be used as a spur for the institute, which has accepted the challenge to find five other organizations or individuals who can match the $3,000 United Way grant.

“We have the skills and we know our community understands the need,” said Suzanne Feeney, past director of the institute. “Our programs have a long history of helping leaders meet or exceed their goals for their organization. Our team is poised to take on this very important challenge.”

The Institute for Nonprofit Management has created the Leadership Fellows Program under the auspices of Portland State University and in collaboration with local community leaders to promote leadership opportunities for people of color. The program provides training and support for individuals who work in nonprofit organizations, and is focused on developing individuals as well as on developing the communities that serve ethnic populations.

Through the year-long Leadership Fellows Program, leaders of color working in nonprofit organizations have the opportunity to build and strengthen their management and leadership skills; share knowledge and experiences in a community of leaders; develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader; and build leadership abilities in a cross cultural context.

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The Institute for Nonprofit Management has established itself as the Northwest's premier educational center for research, study and continuing professional education of nonprofit sector leaders. The Institute offers a comprehensive certificate program in nonprofit management and graduate-level classes in nonprofit leadership.

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette has been a dedicated community partner for over 85 years, improving and changing lives in Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and Washington counties. United Way is a team of individual and corporate investors, working with volunteers to give people hope and opportunity so they may live with dignity in times of need.

Suzanne Feeney, Institute for Nonprofit Management, 503-725-8217
John Ray, United Way, 503-228-9131