Nonprofit organizations work to meet the needs of the community; the Institute for Nonprofit Management works to meet the needs of nonprofits. Through high quality educational and training programs, INPM supports the development of a strong, informed, and effective nonprofit sector. INPM’s educational and training programs teach nonprofit leaders what they need to know to build their community through management and leadership in nonprofit organizations.
Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Management Linda Golaszewski recently attended two events that reminded her of the strong connections the INPM has with the community. The first, a PSU celebration of alumni/ae and faculty, included the acknowledgement of MPA graduate Amber Fowler (Class of 2000). Amber specialized in nonprofit management and was a student in courses that INPM sponsored at that time. She has since leveraged her degree as founder and Executive Director of Dress for Success Inland Northwest, continuing to apply her education with a strongly community-focused nonprofit. Then, as now, INPM provided links to students to apply what they learned in real-life situations in functioning organizations.
She then walked over to the Benson where a gathering of World Affairs Council of Oregon supporters and Bus Project volunteers had gathered to hear Alice Nkom, a Cameroonian lawyer who had used what she had learned from a trip to the Northwest in 2000 to launch a successful voter registration drive in her home country. Mrs. Nkom had come through the International Visitors program, and while Linda did not have the pleasure of meeting her in 2000, the INPM has been actively engaged with the World Affairs Council and this program since 2006. Often groups of NGO visitors want to learn more about nonprofit management and what INPM has to offer. In addition, international groups receive additional training and development at sessions developed by the Institute several times a year. For example, this past December the INPM facilitated a debriefing session for a group of NGO leaders from China. The group had been in the US for two weeks and experienced quite a wide variety of places both geographically and institutionally, ranging from a food pantry in Indiana to tribal organizations in New Mexico. INPM’s job was to help them synthesize their experiences and look for things they could adapt and apply back home.
As we look forward to increasing our visibility in Portland and beyond as part of the Center for Public Service, we will continue our engagement with communities and individuals near and far.
Thinking ahead: In collaboration with the Hatfield School of Government Public Administration Division, the Institute for Nonprofit Management is sponsoring several summer courses including Managing Philanthropic Foundations, Volunteer Management, Grantwriting, and Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations. Please contact Sharon Hasenjaeger (INPM@pdx.edu, 503-725-8221) for more details on these and other summer courses. And mark your calendars for the annual New Nonprofit Leaders’ BootCamp, September 14-17, 2011.