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By Jennifer Whytock

DURHAM, N.C. — More classes in nonprofit management soon will be available to nonprofit staff and volunteers in rural regions of North Carolina, thanks to a grant by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Duke University.

The $195,000 grant will let Duke reach even more remote communities with its Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management, which last year attracted 5,000 students working or volunteering for nonprofits.

“The grant will most benefit areas off the interstate corridor that are traditionally underrepresented when programs and classes are offered,” says Don Wells, program director.

People from rural regions often must travel to larger towns or cities to take classes, greatly increasing attendance costs, he says.

The grant is the program’s second from Michigan-based Kellogg, which gave Duke $750,000 in 1994 to expand the nonprofit program from its Durham campus to 17 sites throughout the state.

To receive a certificate, student complete 50 hours of classes, usually offered in one or two day sessions, at $14 per hour.

Since 1989, Duke has awarded certificates to 1,200 people in the program, which now is offered at 20 locations.

“The program is unusual in the U.S., offering both an affordable and practical program, and Kellogg is aware that we are unusual,” Wells says. “That is what attracted them to us.”

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