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Press Release: DeSales University Awarded $60,000 Grant To Support North Penn Non-Profit Academy
Date: 7/28/2003

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DeSales University Awarded $60,000 Grant To Support North Penn Non-Profit Academy

Center Valley, Pa. (July 23, 2003) -- DeSales University has been awarded a $60,000 grant to support The North Penn Non-Profit Academy, a learning center designed to assist executive leaders and non-profit board members achieve the long-term success of their organizations. The new initiative was created by the North Penn Community Health Foundation in Lansdale, Pa., and will provide assistance and mentoring to organizations receiving the Foundation's support. The Academy will begin offering a series of workshops at the DeSales Lansdale campus this fall.

"The opportunity to be able to help non-profit leaders prepare themselves for the challenges of the 21st Century is very exciting for us at DeSales University," said Mohamed A.S. Latib, vice president for program and strategic development at DeSales, and project director of The North Penn Non-Profit Academy. "Our program, with its action-learning orientation, is designed to create a community of leaders who will use technology and business skills to manage the complex environments in which non-profits find themselves."

The series of executive management workshops are designed for individuals working in the capacity of executive director, president or CEO of non-profit agencies. They will provide executives with the opportunity to learn and implement business planning, product development, marketing, fund development and financial management skills beyond those customarily offered in single-day workshops. Executives who full participate in the program will have an opportunity to receive one-on-one mentoring supported with funding from the Foundation.

"In studying the challenges that non-profit organizations face today, we have concluded that providing support to strengthen the leadership and business skills of today's non-profit executives, and the boards that support their activities, will enhance the potential for future stability," said Russell Johnson, executive director of the North Penn Community Health Foundation. "With financial stability organizations are better positioned to respond to changes in consumer needs and improve the quality of services."

The workshop series will help business executives to focus on skills that are not widely practiced in the nonprofit area. They will learn to transfer sound business practices to leverage services and skills; organize the business side of non-profits; develop a distinctive brand and to effectively communicate the brand; promote the use of data and best practices to evaluate strategy and models; select, develop and use metrics that are clearly aligned with accountability and resources, and to effectively evaluate and report progress; provide expertise and experience in using collaborative tools to foster cohesiveness across service providers; and focus on the specific issues and on the environments in which the participants operate.

The North Penn Community Health Foundation is a public charity supporting non-profit organizations in its service community. The Foundation identifies, selects and invests in programs and agencies that will improve the health, welfare and quality of life of the community. The grant to support The North Penn Non-Profit Academy at DeSales was one of 38 grants totaling $519,475 awarded by the Foundation to 35 non-profit organizations during a ceremony earlier this week.

For more information, contact Penny Savakis, director of public relations at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1477 or at Penny.Savakis@DeSales.edu.

Press Release: DeSales University Awarded $60,000 Grant To Support North Penn Non-Profit Academy | Posted on: 7/28/2003

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DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

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