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Duke launching nonprofit leadership program

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By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Responding to demand from senior nonprofit managers and many of the more than 2,000 graduates of its certificate program in nonprofit management, Duke University is launching an advanced certificate program in nonprofit leadership.

The program, supported by a three-year, $172,940 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, will target a state and national audience and consist of three weekend symposia of 20 hours each in Durham, a four-day residential retreat in Western North Carolina, and a project that must be completed after each symposium.

Participants will have up to three years to complete the program, which kicks off in July with a symposium in Durham and is being developed by Don Wells, former director of Duke’s nonprofit-management program.

Kathy Higgins, president of the BSBSNC Foundation, says the new program builds on Duke’s nonprofit-management program and on a free, two-day institute the foundation has offered twice a year to nonprofits to help strengthen their organizational capacity.

“The fabric and strength of North Carolina is built on the strength of our nonprofit community,” she says, “and our leaders in that arena need the same quality training and support and professional development that our private-sector and public professionals have available to them, both on the state and national levels.”

The program will offer each of three symposium topics once a year, with a different topic offered in January, April and July.

Topics include the “vessel of leadership,” looking at the “person, principles, ethics and values of an effective leader”; the “voice of leadership,” looking at the “purpose, passion and potential of leadership” by examining risk-taking; and the “view of leadership,” looking at the “patterns, people and places” of nonprofit leadership through “theories, models, collaboration and community.”

The program is open to graduates of its nonprofit-management program with at least seven years of senior-management experience, or to individuals who have not completed the nonprofit-management program but have at least 10 years of senior-management experience.

The initial symposium will be held July 27 through July 29 in Durham and will focus on the “vessel of leadership.”

For information, call 919.668-6742 or send email to nonprofit@duke.edu.

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