HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 2, 2009 ? November is Nonprofit Awareness Month, and Nov. 18 is National Philanthropy Day, so students and faculty in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit programs at High Point University are pleased to recognize the importance of nonprofit organizations in the local community.
In Guilford County alone, more than 580 nonprofits exist. These organizations spend more than $2.2 billion annually serving the people of Guilford County. Some of the county?s largest employers are nonprofits. In Greensboro ? and Guilford County ? Moses Cone Medical Center is the largest employer. Of the three largest employers in the City of High Point, two are nonprofits ? High Point University and High Point Regional Hospital. The two largest employers in Winston-Salem also are nonprofits ? Wake Forest Medical Center and Baptist Hospital.
The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium and HPU are collaborative partners. The consortium is an alliance of more than 170 nonprofit organizations in Guilford County that fosters mutual assistance and support within the nonprofit community to create a more efficient and effective nonprofit sector.
Since 1965, the university has been preparing students to work for nonprofits, and since the undergraduate program?s inception, students have been able to earn bachelor?s degrees in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. The graduate program in Nonprofit Management was implemented in 2001 and, since then, 92 students have received master’s degrees. Many of these students have gone on to work for local nonprofit organizations, and they are having great success.
Alumna Nancy McLean enrolled in the master?s program because she wanted to have the necessary skills to work in the nonprofit arena. Her goal was to start a nonprofit with a mission of helping homeless young adults. In 2004, she incorporated Joseph?s House and, in 2006, the Transitional Housing Program opened. McLean now serves as executive director.
“My classes at HPU, along with my seven years of previous experience as the assistant director of a local nonprofit, enabled me to understand the basic principles of setting up an organization to include human resources, finances, developing our policies and procedures, strategic planning and fundraising. ? Earning my master?s degree at HPU has truly been a stepping stone in my career and was a catalyst for giving me the courage to start a nonprofit business,” says McLean.
Chris Glover, who received bachelor?s and master?s degrees at High Point, is the director of recruitment and development at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point. His role includes giving 350 admissions tours each year, as well as marketing, fundraising and providing needs-based scholarships.
“The Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit gave me a technical knowledge of the industry and opportunities to do collaborative projects with local nonprofits, and opened up employment opportunities,” Glover says. “Additionally, I appreciated the insight from professors, who are what makes the school extraordinary. For anyone who wants to go into the nonprofit sector, I highly recommend the nonprofit track offered at High Point University.”
Marisa Ray, who also earned her master’s degree at HPU, now serves as a development officer at The Winston-Salem Foundation, where she assists in carrying out the foundation?s asset development plan, with a focus on cultivating relationships with prospective donors and professional advisors. She assists charitable individuals, families, businesses and their advisors as they consider effective strategies that will accomplish their philanthropic goals.
“My experiences at HPU ? equipped me with an enhanced understanding of the opportunities and challenges within the nonprofit sector,” says Ray. “Because High Point University has an exceptional and unparalleled history in nonprofit education, HPU’s faculty members are well connected both in the local nonprofit community and beyond. It is this expertise that helps to provide a high-quality experience for HPU students, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.”
About Nonprofit Awareness Month and National Philanthropy Day:
Established in 2007, Nonprofit Awareness Month is a statewide collaborative initiative in November to celebrate nonprofits and educate the public about their contributions to enrich and enliven our communities each day, and improve the quality of life in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside for the purpose of recognizing the great contribution philanthropy makes to our society ? and to honor individuals, businesses and support organizations that are active in the philanthropic community. In 1986 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed November 15 as National Philanthropy Day. Since then, in communities throughout the United States and Canada, folks have joined together to honor the spirit of giving in their own regions.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at .
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