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Oct. 26, 2006

New UI Program Builds Nonprofit Worker Skills

There are more than 12,000 charitable nonprofit organizations in Iowa, many with fewer than six employees. Yet these organizations play vital roles in their communities.

A new Certificate in Nonprofit Management, to be introduced in the spring 2007 semester at the University of Iowa, will provide valuable training for those who work in nonprofit organizations as well as for persons considering work in the nonprofit field.

Because the 18-semester-hour program will be offered via the World Wide Web, coursework will be accessible to students throughout Iowa.

The UI's Center for Credit Programs in the Division of Continuing Education and the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center collaborated to construct the program.

"We are excited to introduce the nonprofit management certificate program and to make it available to anyone who is interested in nonprofit organizations. The program builds on the Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence and will help nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers develop the business and leadership skills necessary to build a successful nonprofit organization," says Professor Lon Moeller, co-director of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center.

Nonprofit organizations have unique management, funding, and finance issues that require specialized training. Courses in the certificate program cover a wide range of topics and issues such as community and government partnerships, organizational leadership, Web site creation and maintenance, financial accountability and grant writing. Students will gain leadership skills as well as a fundamental understanding of how nonprofits participate in building communities.

"Faculty teaching in the nonprofit management certificate program will offer students a good balance between academic principles and real-world experience," according to Willard L. Boyd, director of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center.

Two courses are scheduled for the spring 2007 semester, Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II and Entrepreneurship and New Business Formation. Each awards three semester hours of credit.

While most students may wish to complete only the courses leading to the certificate, students in The University of Iowa's Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) or Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) programs may incorporate the certificate work into their degree programs if they wish.

Undergraduate tuition for the spring courses is $213 per semester hour. The spring semester begins January 16 and concludes May 11, 2007.

Students may request registration in the courses by completing the online form available at http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/ccp/de/regform.htm. Inquiries about the registration process may be directed to The Center for Credit Programs at 800-272-6430 (press option 1 for enrollment services).

Specific questions about the Nonprofit Management Certificate should be directed to the certificate program coordinator Lon Moeller at 800-272-6430 (ext. 5-0924), 319-335-0924 or via e-mail at lon-moeller@uiowa.edu.

The Center for Credit Programs, part of the University of Iowa's Division of Continuing Education, offers undergraduate- and graduate-level courses and programs to students across Iowa through distance education or on-campus classes scheduled at times convenient for full-time workers. More information is available at http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/ccp/. The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center is a University of Iowa interdisciplinary collaboration that works to strengthen the operational capacity of Iowa nonprofit organizations. Information about the Center's mission and activities may be found at http://inrc.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu; Program: Diane DeBok, UI Center for Credit Programs, 319-335-2049, or (toll free) 800-272-6430.