By Todd Cohen
The A.J. Fletcher Foundation in Raleigh has pledged $1 million over four years to help establish a new nonprofit initiative at N.C. State University if the school can match those dollars through private fundraising.
The initiative, which plans to support undergraduate and graduate studies and continuing education in nonprofit management, and conduct research, also is seeking a director and preparing to survey nonprofits throughout the state on their needs.
The nonprofit initiative also is developing plans to train cooperative extension service agents throughout the state to help nonprofits in all 100 North Carolina counties find information and resources they need.
The initiative is developing that effort in partnership with the certificate program in nonprofit management at Duke University, the N.C. Center for Nonprofits and the cooperative extension service programs at NCSU and N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro.
Under the terms of the Fletcher grant, NCSU will get the first payment of $250,000 this year, must raise $500,000 in matching funds by the end of the second year to get the second payment, and must raise $250,000 by the end of the third and fourth years to get the final two payments.