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Helping nonprofit agencies in tough times
Considering the increasingly tough financial woes confronting Americans and their communities, great foresight was shown by the creation in 2001 of UB’s Institute for Nonprofit Agencies.
Housed in the School of Social Work and administered by its Office of Continuing Education, the institute was created to help not-for-profit and public agencies in Erie and Niagara counties at a time when local municipal budget woes were leading to cuts in and, in some instances, losses of local government funding they relied on for survival.
The institute has provided a resource to the community where agencies can collaborate with their peers and find creative ways to identify funding for services that now more than ever are critically important.
The institute offers three certificate programs: administrative management, which focuses on areas including strategic planning, inspiring leadership, human resources and effective communication in team building; financial management, which includes accounting, fundraising, grant writing and program evaluation; and managing organizational change, which addresses the infrastructure, staff and leadership skills needed to successfully navigate lean times.
Kathleen Kost, associate professor of social work and institute director, says more than 150 agencies – and the thousands of individuals they serve daily – have benefitted. Funding has been provided by the John R. Oishei Foundation, the Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, and Erie County.